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On Wed, 29 Oct 2003, Michael Champion wrote:
> On Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003, at 09:23 America/Detroit, Bullard, Claude L
> (Len) wrote:

> > It is the performance of the mush of different XML
> > languages and objects that would make me wince.

It gets compiled down.  XAML is the source-code format, not the executable

> >  One
> > has to ask, why do this in XML at all.
> I've been wondering that myself.  Isn't the whole point of XML
> portability (or interoperability) across platforms, at the price of
> "bloated" data and "inefficient" performance?  That's usually a good
> tradeoff, but not if you stay in a proprietary box.

That's a point of XML, but I don't know that it's the only one.  If you
were making a declarative, human-readable UI-description language,
wouldn't you use XML even if you suspected that the only application to
use it was your own resource compiler?  Bloat and inefficiency aren't
concerns here; developer/designer ease-of-use is.

And if you add in the possibility of making XAML a target of XSLT
transforms, or an output format of graphic design tools (apparently, Adobe
demonstrated something like that at the PDC), you do get some exchange and
interoperability, too.

Mike Kozlowski


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