Mozilla Foundation and Opera Software Describe Joint Vision for Web Application Framework

Tuesday May 25th, 2004

The Mozilla Foundation and Opera Software have published a paper outlining their vision for Web applications. The paper, submitted in preparation for next week's W3C Workshop on Web Applications and Compound Documents, describes a device-independent Web application framework based on HTML and backwards-compatible with existing Web content. The two organisations are keen to get parts of this framework in place soon to prevent a single-vendor solution (see Microsoft's position paper) becoming dominant. Co-author Ian "Hixie" Hickson's provides more insight in a recent weblog post on the matter.

#10 Re: Re: KISS *is* the right way forward...

by bzbarsky

Wednesday May 26th, 2004 9:07 AM

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This, right here, is exactly the sort of mentality that Mozilla and Opera are up against. What happens when my SVG app is viewed in a mobile SVG Tiny implementation that doesn't support some of the features that I use? Or do I have to restrict myself to only using SVG Tiny in general if I want the application to be usable across devices? In that case, what's the point of the rest of SVG? To make it possible to author applications that are NOT viewable across devices?

A lot of people seem to think that multiple versions of everything will get written -- one for mobile devices and one for desktop computers. That's about as likely as pigs flying for 99% of content, and the little content that _is_ created in multiple forms will just lead to version skew between the forms, frustration on the part of one set of users or the other, and breakage if yet another viewing setup appears.

That's why having device-independence built into the language in a way transparent to the application developer is so important.