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   Is XML UI Language (XUL) Going Anywhere?

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  allow me to highlight some news from the XUL world.

  I've kicked off the XUL Titan Interview Series to
spotlight the personalities behind XUL projects and
initiatives and offer behind-the-scene stories.

  Ovi Comes, the project lead of Zulu - a XUL player
in ActionScript for Macromedia Flash, volunteered for
the first interview now online @

  I've also kicked off an online poll to find the most
popular open source XUL toolkit in Java.

  Here's the standing so far:

  * SwiXML	 	  85 votes (35%)
  * XUI	 	          60 votes (25%)
  * Thinlet	 	  40 votes (17%)
  * Luxor XUL Toolkit     28 votes (12%)
  * XML Windowing Toolkit (XWT)   7 votes ( 3%)
  * SwingML	 	   6 votes ( 2%)
  * JellySwing/SWT	   5 votes ( 2%)
  * Jazilla NG	           4 votes ( 2%)
  * XSWT	 	   4 votes ( 2%)
  * Nyx (soon Xulux)	   3 votes ( 1%)

  I invite you to cast your vote online @

  To catch the latest news about XUL I invite you to
check out the XUL News Wire online @
  You can subscribe/unsubscribe at anytime @

  For a sampling here are the latest XUL News Wire

  * XTF - New XUL Tag Plugin "Architecture" For

  * Luxor XUL Toolkit Now Apache 2.0 Licensed

  * Eclipse Forms Upcoming In Eclipse 3.0 - Eclipse
Forms Programming Guide Now Live

  * IBM Posts Abstract User Interface Markup Language
(AUIML) Toolkit to alphaWorks

  * Daniel Silva Rounds Up XML UI Language (XUL)

  * DENG Next-Gen XML Browser for Flash in
ActionScript Now Open Source (GNU GPL)

  * Rory Blyth Defends Microsoft's Windows 2009-Only
XUL Wannabe (code-named XAML)

  * and many more

    To wrap up it looks like every vendor or
open-source project is pushing their own XUL dialect
hoping to establish a defacto standard (e.g. Microsoft
-> XAML (Windows Longhorn 2009-only), Sun -> JNDC
(Java Swing 1.6-only), IBM -> RCPML (Lotus
Notes-only),               Macromedia -> Flex/MXML
(Flash-only), and so on and so forth).

   Why not work together and create a next-gen markup
language for UIs for everyone? Why repeat the empire
building and browser wars and balkanize the rich

   Any comments? 

   - Gerald

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