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On Apr 15, 2004, at 2:18 PM, Gerald Bauer wrote:

Let us know what you think. Is XML too hard for mere
mortals? Are the alternative syntax styles any better?

The complexity of all the forms is equivalent, so I don't think syntax is the issue.

I believe the issue is that no one can really tell by looking at any of these descriptions what the UI will actually look like when the program is running. I don't think there's any way around providing a WYSIWYG-ish editor for user interfaces, if you want to make it "intuitive" or accessible to beginners.

Of course, such an editor should still allow for a good Model-View-Controller separation. Something that only Apple's Interface Builder does really well, it seems (can someone provide me with good examples on other platforms?).

Having said that, of the alternatives I prefer the Lisp one the best; it has the least amount of syntactic "noise" to distract from the actual data.


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