'libxul' naming

Ben Goodger ben at mozilla.org
Thu, 02 Dec 2004 22:46:48 -0800

Robert O'Callahan wrote:

> I don't like the name 'libxul'. Most embedders think they're embedding 
> Gecko, not XUL. Seems to me it would make a lot more sense to call it 
> "libgecko".
> Brendan says that many embedders don't want XUL. Too bad; if we're 
> going to have a single shared Gecko library, it has to have XUL --- 
> "Firefox demands it". And for XUL-resistant embedders, calling it 
> "libgecko" and leaving XUL in the fine print is better marketing, 
> anyway, IMHO.

Marketing anything to Windows developers as "lib-anything" is a little 
weird anyway, it's a decidedly Unixy name ;-) (Even if platform build 
system conventions would likely yield xul.dll vs. libxul.so)

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