RE: Another Microsoft XML patent
Hello Len, The language of the next generation of clients is the language of viewpoints. XAML and XUL are already behind the curve. Didier: 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 :-) Cheers Didier PH Martin
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