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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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