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Re: [eclipse-incubator-e4-dev] Declarative UI roundup?

Yes -- I'd like to present and discuss the use of EMF (and GEF) in a Dynamic Declarative UI engine (a demo is available in

Regarding the interesting wiki article ( I have several questions :

What do we expect exactly from stylesheet mechanism: sharing resources like colors/fonts/images among several components ?
   using the cascading mechanism provided by CSS ?
   ... ?

Could/should we also define a (first) list of the propeties we would like to place in stylesheets, for instance: should layout constraints be in stylesheets ? (I just ask the question ;-) ...)



Kevin McGuire a écrit :

Hi gang,

As you may recall, in August we had a Styling roundup to look at the different available skinning technologies. While organizing it, we discussed also wanting to do one for declarative UIs.

There was a lot of interest at the time, and there's been lots of discussion on this list lately about different declarative UI technologies/approaches. I think the Styling one went well so I was wondering if folks wanted to do one for declarative UIs? See for an idea.

This would involve some people volunteering to do a short presentation on a particular technology, either their own (e.g. XSWT) or one they are familiar with (e.g. XUL). There'd be some prep in putting a small amount of information on the e4 wiki, then a call with presentations. The idea is to have some decent content to discuss but not create a big presentation job for folks, so the emphasis would be on short presentations (and also out of the interest of keeping the call to say 1.5 hours which will be a challenge I think).

The goals of the call would include but not be limited to:

1) All getting on the "same page" with respect to the different technology choices available to us.
2) Open discussion of pros/cons of different approaches.
3) What problems we believe it will solve in the e4 context.
4) Hopefully come away with a small number of "most promising" technologies which the community could focus on in e4.

Any interest? Note that this is community driven content, so "yes" would mean "yes I'll sign up to provide some content".


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