Will Microsoft replace HTML with its XAML?
Brussels – Will the web still remain free and accessible for all platforms after the introduction of Windows Vista? This is the question that animates the network after the denunciation of the ECIS, European Committee for Interoperable Systems, according to which the standards on which Microsoft’s new operating system is based they are designed to conquer the web and make it a protected territory usable only by Windows users.
One protocol in particular, XAML, makes Simon Awde, president of ECIS, declare that Microsoft has a plan to “hijack HTML”, and therefore the users / authors of web sites, bringing the latter far from the open standards it has hitherto relied heavily on . The goal of XAML, a hypertextual programming language based on XML, is to completely replace the old HTML, say those of ECIS, using Vista as a “trojan horse” to exploit Redmond’s de facto monopoly position in scope of PC operating systems.
ECIS moved after receiving reports from big names in the IT sector such as IBM, Sun, Nokia, Adobe, Oracle and Red Hat , concerned about the consequences of the introduction of new Vista technologies on the entire technology and information market. The matter is still under investigation by the Committee, but on closer inspection the matter appears far more complex than they imply the warnings of Mr. Awde.
It raises some well-founded criticisms of Ars Technica’s alleged web hijacking plan, arguing that the prospect of replacing HTML is bankruptcy for anyone for many years to come. While XAML is used extensively by core technologies under the Vista shell, there are features that, in fact, is currently unable to replace HTML as a Microsoft man also describes in detail on his blog.
While XAML fans may want it to become the new gold standard in web programming, this is unlikely to happen for several reasons. First of all the need for interoperability which animates most of the resources on the web and has been doing it for years prefer HTML to newer technologies albeit more flexible and powerful.
In addition to XAML, good candidates to replace the hypertextual language par excellence are Macromedia’s MXML, Mozilla’s XUL and XForums, which even the authoritative W3C, the international consortium working for the development of interoperability of the resources of the web. Each of these technologies would have the potential to become standard, but the daily reality of the network says the opposite: HTML is still the fundamental engine of the web the essential milestone for the creation and maintenance of the web that really wants to be for everyone and for everyone.