SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] Intelligent signs at Microsoft
Re: [Sigia-l] Intelligent signs at Microsoft
At 19:56 15/08/2005, you wrote:
>This is a perennial quest here: how does one turn wireframes, UI prototypes,
>etc., done in a drawing app like Illustrator directly into functional
>markup, thereby eliminating the step where programmers essentially recreate
>Michael Swanson at Microsoft (OK, on his own at nights) figured out a way to
>output XAML from Illustrator. XAML is MSFT's declarative markup language
>(like XUL in Moz and MXML in Flash/Flex) that'll drive graphics in the
>So if MSFT actually figures out the next intelligent step and can plug in
>Illustrator output into XAML coding/authoring IDE, things would be
>interesting, to say the least.
>Nullius in Verba
Why use illustrator when you can use InDesign and have multiple pages and
better handling for blocks of text. You can happily build a functional
specification in Indesign with all the written content, wireframes and site
maps. I can't think of any other program quite as able to do all those
three jobs in such a dedicated way. Other wise it's a mixture of Visio,
Illustrator and Word.
As for the future of IA tools - well there is a huge gap in the market here
for a rapid prototyping / cms tool. I am positive Visio is a dead end in
that quest, as are all the other tools we currently use. It's going to take
something new - although I could be wrong.
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