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RE: What is XAML? A technique? A language? Both? XML# o r XML+

  • To: 'Gerald Bauer' <luxorxul@y...>, xml-dev@l...
  • Subject: RE: What is XAML? A technique? A language? Both? XML# o r XML++?
  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <len.bullard@i...>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 14:41:20 -0600

Yes.  One could argue that XAML is for MS developers and 
isn't something necessarily living inside a browser.  If 
so, it could be seen as an alternative to HTML browsers. 

But mainly, it is a means to extend the framework and 
provide a declarative means to use the objects one 
is writing.  For those of us who need to develop objects 
for others to script to who may not be code-capable, 
this is the way to go.  In that sense, this is not a 
competitor but clearly, an alternative.  Does it overlap 
the roles of HTML?  Yes.

I don't expect MS to implement SVG any more than I 
expect them to implement PDF.  Plugins do that so 
why put yetAnotherPluginCompany out of business? 
"Be careful what you wish for", as they say.


From: Gerald Bauer [mailto:luxorxul@y...]

  It's not a problem. The problem is that Microsoft
denies that XAML is an HTML alternative when it
clearly is.
> The fact of XML means alternatives are possible and 
> even desirable to other languages.  That is
> evolution. 
> For every language I can think of, there are
> alternatives.
> Why should everyone buy into the HTML monoculture?

  Again the issues is that Microsoft tries to deny the
fact that XAML is not just a new way to wire up .NET
objects but clearly is also an alternative to HTML,
SVG, XSL-FO, and so on.


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