[whatwg] Loading custom XML UI definitions from an external file

Didier PH Martin martind at netfolder.com
Wed Jun 9 10:29:49 PDT 2004

Hi Preston,

> You know, I have to say this is going in a very javascript-y direction. I
> don't know about all of you, but losing the user base that has javascript
> disabled just isn't a possibility. I, as a developer, would not use this
> language were it based on javascript. Javascript is good for non-essential
> things only.

a) Do you mean here that you prefer a declarative way to define things?
b) that you think that packaging an XBL interpreter in javascript is doomed
because people can disable javascript.
c) that most javascript implementation is really too slow to make it a
d) or that javascript is not powerful enough to develop such interpreter?

If the answer ia a or b I agree as long as the basic declarations can be
extended and there is a specified way to expand it.

If the answer is c you are right on previous generation machines but surely
not on new ones. They have more power than necessary.

If the answer is d, I totally disagree, javascript (ECMASCript) is a
powerful language. Off course it's not class based (except in the .net
environment) but nonetheless it's a powerful prototype/instance based
language. In Mozilla you would be surprise to see how many features are in
fact implemented in javascript.

Didier PH Martin

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