Slides from Brendan Eich's Mozilla Futures Talk at Developer Day Now Available

Monday March 1st, 2004

Last Friday saw the first Mountain View Mozilla Developer Day since the formation of the Mozilla Foundation. The Foundation's press release about the event gives an overview of the talks that took place and James "Kovu" Russell has posted a review of some of the presentations.

The slides from Brendan Eich's Mozilla Futures session are the first be available online. In the presentation, the Mozilla Foundation's Chief Architect outlined Mozilla's strengths and weaknesses and described a future strategy plan. Proposals include accelerating work on integrating SVG, implementing support for more scripting and programming languages (such as JavaScript 2, Python and Perl 5), creating a XUL builder plug-in for the Eclipse platform, improving native widget and desktop integration and setting up a new site with programmer documentation. Collaboration with Opera and Apple to advance Web standards was also floated and several possible end-user innovations were discussed.

#2 Gah, so I also meant to say...

by leafdigital

Tuesday March 2nd, 2004 12:16 AM

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I'm really glad to hear that SVG is being seen as important. Is this likely to translate into actual development toward fully-working, included-in-default-build (or as easy-to-download extension) SVG support any time soon?

BTW I was also sort of wondering whether Mozilla really has the architecture in place to hand off rendering for generic XML formats such as SVG, rather than special-casing it; so that it would be feasible for, say, a random interest group (maybe the MusicML people for example, not that I'm saying they have any desire for this) to create MusicML support as a Mozilla extension that will allow it to render correctly within the XHTML page, layered as necessary, working correctly if the MusicML code is inline in the XHTML instead of in a separate file, etc...

Hopefully the answer is 'yes' but if not then IMO this would be something to aim for. Being the browser of choice for XML and an XML format development platform in general (not just SVG, MathML and whichever formats happen to be blessed by the Mozilla establishment) could certainly be a 'strategic' move, I would think.