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Re: XForms support in the browser

From: Gerald Bauer <luxorxul@yahoo.ca>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 11:47:25 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <20030722154725.89997.qmail@web40812.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-forms@w3.org

Hi Jane,

> Now it's reached the point where there is a long
> list of different
> implementations of it on the web site - but I'm not
> sure if looking at this
> list makes it clearer or just adds even more options
> to a bewildering number
> of possibilities.

  Welcome to the Free World that offers choice at
last. If you haven't realized it the point of the
whole excercise is to avoid vendor lock-in where a
single vendor puts the internet into its trunk (as
Microsoft tries hard to do).

> For example should Microsoft build support for it
> into IE7?

  If you haven't realized it yet, Microsoft has frozen
Internet Exploder for years and Microsoft is busy to
add all new features not to the browser but to the
next-gen Windows OS codenamed Longhorn to force you to
upgrade and to put the internet in Billy's trunk and
have a 100 % market share and complete control over
the desktop.

  If you think I'm making this up, please read Tim
Bray's (XML founding father and W3C Web Architecture
board member) recent blog story titled "The Door Is
Ajar". I've written up a story for the XUL News Wire
titled "Tim Bray: Call To Arms: Let's Build A Better
Browser" @
> And what about other browsers?

  You might wonna check out the XUL alliance site @
http://xul.sourceforge.net that lists upcoming rich
browsers that support next-gen XML markup languages
for building rich UIs.

  Innovation always happens on the edge first. So
don't wait for the "big players" such as Mozilla,
Opera, Adobe, Lotus etc. but cheer on the new kids on
the block (e.g. Luxor). It's the Netscape story all
over again. Startups will lead the way to a rich
internet for everyone.
  - Gerald

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