John Carroll over on ZDNet has a post about some of the European Commission’s statements about XAML and WPF trying to take over HTML. That’s a discussion for another day but I think the EC is making itself look bad. XAML and WPF aren’t going to replace HTML.
But in an article he linked to there was an interesting quote from Daniel Glazman who is part of the CSS Working Group:
“With dozens of Mozilla milestones in the wild, and almost in sync with [Internet Explorer 7], the W3C finally discovers the whole browser world uses XML-based UI languages,” Glazman wrote. Citing a W3C document, he continued, “The future W3C format will ‘be based on an existing application/UI format, such as Mozilla’s XUL, Microsoft’s XAML, Macromedia’s MXML or Laszlo Systems’ LZX, provided the owners of the format are willing to contribute.”
I hadn’t really thought of a “standardized” W3C XML-based UI language before, though I suppose it’s possible. There is a Web Application Formats Working Group which looks like its goal is to standardize these things:
This deliverable should be based on an existing application/UI format, such as Mozilla’s XUL, Microsoft’s XAML, Macromedia’s MXML or Laszlo Systems’ LZX, provided the owners of the format are willing to contribute. The format should allow embedded program code. This format, combined with the deliverables below and existing technologies including XHTML, CSS, XForms, SVG and SMIL, should provide a strong basis for rich client application development.
This is actually making me think a lot more about XAML and HTML. I mean are we in some ways replacing HTML with Rich Internet Applications? Obviously HTML won’t go away, but it’s also too limited for what the web has become.
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