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.
This is great. It's a huge step forward.
Like Hixie says, we need the solution to be backwards compatible with IE 6. Actually, I would amend that. I would say it has to be "mostly" backwards compatible with IE 6. If a user has IE 6, he could get the basic features out of the web app. If he wants the extended features from the app, though, he will have to download Opera or Mozilla or another non-obsolete web browser.
As a hardcore Mozilla zealot and a non-Opera user, I am pleased as punch that we are working together with Opera on this.
And Boris is right, of course, on the need for the same thing to work on desktops and mobile devices. Remember that device transparency is a key point to the existence of the WWW and Internet.
Good work! Onward! Upward! Let's do it.