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XWT: XML Windowing Toolkit

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Berco Beute

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XWT: XML Windowing Toolkit Posted: Oct 28, 2002 11:59 AM
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"You don't "install" web pages; you simply visit them. Why should applications be any different?"

Regarding interfaces developers start to realize that HTML is not the right technology. Whether XML is a solution to the problems of distributed computing that affect the user experience remains to be seen. I, for one, am sceptic.

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Bill Venners

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Re: XWT: XML Windowing Toolkit Posted: Oct 30, 2002 2:17 AM
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One thing I thought was cool about their web site is that they have right-adjusted links hugging the right hand side of the page. I hadn't seen that before.

Berco, have you downloaded and tried this out? If so, what's the user experience like?

Berco Beute

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Re: XWT: XML Windowing Toolkit Posted: Nov 6, 2002 12:55 AM
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Hi Bill, I must say I have only tried the demo and it seems to work fine...on Windows. The idea is nice, but the problems I see are:

1. how scalable is it? Can it be used on everything from desktop computers to mobile phones without users having to choose an interface or install plugins by hand? It doesn't seem so.

2. How do you find the services? It won't be a problem with just a few generic services (text editing, games, currency converters, etc), but it will be with specific services, like the one provided by YOUR VCR (and not your neighbours).

3. Who provides the service? Does it have to be a company's webserver, or can it be anything from small devices to large servers?

4. The back-end is based on web services, which has no proper handling of networking errors, the effects of which will influence the user experience.

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