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Ribbon Control.... If you can even call that!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 221.128.202.174] on July 24, 2008 06:47 AM
I can't understand what's so special about the Ribbon control. I mean, did anyone look at it? It's just a fancy Tab notebook control which MS has given a fancy name. The notebook control exists in almost all GUI frameworks from wxWidgets, Qt, KDE, ..... To go ahead and patent it is just plain lunatic. The Tab notebook is not MS' innovation. All they have done is add pretty pictures to it and claimed that somehow the tab notebook aka Ribbon control is their innovation.

MS claims that it has innovated the layout system in the control. That's plain wrong too. I could use existing layout systems in wxWidgets and/or Qt and come up with exactly same functionality as the "Ribbon Control" used in Office 2007. So where is the innovation and why is there a pending patent?

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