Component Markup Language

Mark Birbeck Mark.Birbeck at
Thu Feb 4 16:57:13 GMT 1999

Nigel Hutchison wrote:
> If there was a set of C++ classes that interpreted it and 
> built up a GUI
> with the same look and feel, that might be useful.
> Then a server could project its own GUI api and leave it to 
> the client side
> to choose C++, Java etc to build the interface at run time.  
> I suspect that
> in most cases the bandwidth required to shift the XML GUI 
> description would
> be quite a bit less than the 
> compiled java classes. If this is so than "Even Cooler" would 
> be XML GUI
> interpreter built into a Internet Browser.
> But am I running too far with this one?

Great idea. Can I suggest we call it HTML?

(OK I know I've cracked that one already - it's the end of the week. But
really, if you want an XML specification for a user interface, surely
HTML 4.0 is the one to choose. Then you could use a 'cool browser' that
has an "XML GUI Interpreter" built in - like, well, IE4 and Netscape 4.)

Mark Birbeck
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