Mozilla wants to get support XUL markup language in Firefox




Mozilla plans to say goodbye to his XUL. The development of the Web’s markup language might have become obsolete. Mozilla still unsure how the language parting should be taken.

Built the Mozilla XUL, shortly XUL, including for its Firefox browser and Thunderbird mail client. The standard describes various elements, such as windows, widgets and scripts. With XUL developers can easily and quickly build an interface.

XUL has ever been developed to fill the gaps that left html in Web applications. That writes Dave Camp, Mozilla’s director of engineering. According to him, the web technology, however, been improved to allow Mozilla’s markup language might have become obsolete. The same would apply to XBL for formatting XML documents.

“Because XUL and XBL are no web technologies, they do not get the same attention that html. Performance problems are not solved, causing a lot of unnecessary complexity in the Gecko layout engine results,” says Camp. “It could be further from the Web – and no one helps.”

Camp strives to ensure that the Mozilla XUL- and XBL support takes Firefox. How and when this should happen exactly, he does not know. “The debate on this is still in an early stage. There are still many unanswered questions, such as what technologies we should use to replace them.”

In an email he calls for developers to think about after the ‘fundamentals’ of the future Firefox. Camp believes that this is going to take a while. That is not surprising: the removal of the XUL- and XBL support can have major consequences for some of the creators of extensions.


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