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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.


#18 Re: Argh...2

by roc <roc+moz@cs.cmu.edu>

Wednesday May 26th, 2004 11:20 AM

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Actually, Flash has a multi-year head start on everything else in this space.

"CSS/HTML is a dead end" does not follow. Columns and UI-friendly layout are being added to CSS and implementations right now. We have client support for SOAP to let you talk to the server without reloading the page. Hardware accelerated SVG is coming. Etc etc.

One thing to remember about Avalon is that it will only run on Longhorn, and will require major hardware upgrades, and so it won't be ubiquitous until 2009 or later. And if non-Microsoft platforms or mobile devices capture a lot of users, it will never be ubiquitous.