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RE: Another Microsoft XML patent

outlook bar xul
Hello Len,
The language of the next generation of clients is the 
language of viewpoints.  XAML and XUL are already behind 
the curve.

They are not yet on the curve. If I only can get the view I want for a
collection of objects I made some progress. For instance, an array can be
seen with different visual constructs:
a) a stack a la outlook bar
b) a tabular view
c) a list
d) a table
other views.

Different representation can be attached to the very same collection but our
actual applications only provide the viewpoint of the developer, not choices
made by the user. A viewpoint can also be expressed in 2D if I can, as a
user, do some choices of the kind of representation I want. But we are very
far from there..... So imagine now how far we are from virtual world.
Luckily game developers do not have this constraint. People don't check the
cost of ownership and they enjoy installing the software for its later
benefits. But for corpora, cost of ownership is a concern.

I experimented in Didier's labs on object morphing and was very surprised
that it is even more possible to do so with XML technologies. Maybe I should
do a small demo and post the link to this group. For example, morph a
collection of views (an array) from tabs to stack without going back to mom
(the server) to ask for a new page. If the mainframe like minds can sustain
such concept though :-)

Didier PH Martin

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