Comparison of XML user interface languages
Comparison table of the most widely used graphical user interface markup languages, based on XML, to choose the best one for your needs.
|1998||Glade IDE||GTK+||Compiled||C, C++, C#||LibXML|
|2004||Flex Builder||Flash Player / Apollo||Compiled||ActionScript||CSS|
- UI language based on XML for the JavaFX platform. Allow to design pretty user interface similar to that of smartphones. Is interpreted.
See for example the Photo Viewer on the right.
MXML is an XML markup language introduced by the Macromedia in 2004. Apart
the design of user interface, it can also be used in conjunction with ActionScript
to implement complex business logic.
- MXML in PHP. Optional package.
OpenLaszlo was an open source platform for the development of web applications
with a graphical user interface . It is released under the OSI-certified
Common Public License.
The OpenLaszlo platform consists of the LZX programming language and the OpenLaszlo Server. It is discoontinued.
According to the website, the goal of UIML is to create an open standard user interface description language in XML that can be freely implemented by anyone. The motivation is to facilitate better tools for creation of user interfaces that work on any platform available today, but which also will allow today's legacy user interfaces to evolve to new forms for use on platforms that are created years from now.
- jUiml. A Java implementation.
XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language), pronounced Zammel,
is the user interface markup language from Microsoft for he Windows Presentation Foundation for Vista and Seven,
but which is much deeply used on WinRT on Windows 8.
XAML elements map to Common Language Runtime objects. Attributes map to properties or events on those objects.
XAML was designed to support the classes and methods in the .NET Framework that deal with user interaction, especially screen displays.
Silverlight is a cross-platform and cross-browser plugin to display interfaces of Web applications that uses XML.
- XAML tutorial. A Silverlight tutorial exists also on the site.
- Developpers against Windows 8. Fear for Silverlight future
The XForms standard has been defined by W3C to combine XML and forms on the web. The standard is intended to be more general, and allows input of data from within desktop applications. It replaces in XHTML the form system used for now in HTML. It is made of three parts:
- The XForms User Interface provides controls that are targeted toward
replacement of HTML's form controls.
These controls are usable inside XML documents, and thus inside format derived from XML.
- XForms also defines XML instance data, a structured XML format for data collected through XForms controls.
- A third part, XForms Submit Protocol, defines how data are sent and received.
A former commercial offer which became open source under the Apache License, to another interface language based on XML. For its use, a development workshop is provided along with specialized browser that displays the interfaces.
Based on Java.
XUL (XML User Interface Language), to be pronounced zool, is an user interface
markup language developed to support Mozilla applications like Mozilla Firefox
and Mozilla Thunderbird. XUL reuses many existing standards and technologies,
that it provides a simple and portable definition of common widgets.
It is possible to install the runtime on any machine and to make a XUL application working locally.
Integration of HTML code into XUL what makes it possible to complete it with HTML tags, in particular forms.