Component Markup Language

Robb Shecter shecter at
Thu Feb 4 15:30:52 GMT 1999

Dave Winer wrote:

> Yes, that is very interesting. But if anyone from Bluestone is listening,
> it would be great to have a page that shows XML code and a screen shot of
> the interface it generates.

Well, I just downloaded it and checked it out, and I don't think this could really be used as
a way to describe platform-independent UI's.  (Can I attach a copy of an XML here w/out
violating some copyright?  Hmm...maybe a piece of it... :)

   <JFrame name="MainFrame" title="Bluestone XML Notepad" image="icon.gif" x="20%" y="20%"
width="60%" height="60%">
         <JMenu text="File" mnemonic="F">
            <JMenuItem icon="open.gif" text="Open..." mnemonic="O"
accelerator="VK_O,CTRL_MASK" actionListener="OpenFile"/>


This looks basically like Java code with an XML syntax.  It doesn't abstract at the nature of
components, or interactions.  I guess what it is, is one way to get a scripting functionality
in Java; a competitor to projects like the BeanShell.

- Robb

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