Re: XSL : Another question

Subject: Re: XSL : Another question
From: Anders Kristensen <ak@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 18:25:18 +0000
Patrice Bonhomme wrote:
> Does someone is using XSL (or something else) for automaticaly generating a
> Graphical User Interface (in Java AWT/SWING) from an XML document ?

I spend a bit of time trying to do exactly that. Conceptually it's
really simple - define a set of standardized GUI objects with
appropriate cross-platform attributes (as it should be applicable to
windowing toolkits other than Swing) and rather than generating XML
documents in the FO language you'd generate it in this GUI object (GO?)
language which can then be interpreted by clients.

I think this is a good and entirely viable idea but my initial
experience was that it probably requires some experimentation to come up
with the right set of GUI objects to get good looking and portable
results. In particular, layout managers might be tricky to get Right.

It sounds like the sort of idea that has huge potential, though.
Especially as XML encoded data increasingly gets shipped around without
being embedded in "real" documents.  Presumably it also complements
client-side scripting nicely, as these languages doesn't (always at
least) have access to "proper" GUI toolkits.


Anders Kristensen <ak@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Hewlett-Packard Labs, Bristol, UK

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