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From: Adam Theo
Subject: [DotGNU]User Interfaces
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 15:56:31 -0400
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I've been thinking about user interfaces today, dredging up alot of my old ideas. Here's what I think the best option is for user interfaces of the future to be built on.

I think there needs to be a universal, platform-independant was of defining a user interface. Probably using an XML document to define it for each application, and they all share the same XML vocabulary so they can be interchangeable. This is what Mozilla has done, I believe, although I forget the name or the details.

However, while this spec should remain simple and easily learnable/implimentible, it should also be increadibly flexible in what it allows application and skin/theme developers to do. I think the best example we have today of a very flexible interface is the web with HTML.

However, HTML sucks, and as many have stated was never meant to deliver applications. HTML cannot be used. But a HTML-inspired, XML-improved, well thought out spec could be created that used a web-like interface to allow maximum flexability to developers and users.

It would be better than HTML because we would make it that way.

Just another out-of-the-blue thought from Theo.

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