Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group Launches Mailing List

Friday June 4th, 2004

Ian Hickson writes: "Some of you may be interested to hear that people from Opera and Mozilla have set up an open mailing list for discussing Web Forms 2 and other new specs that have been discussed in various places over the last few months."

The list is the public forum of the newly-formed Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group, an organisation made of contributors from several major Web browser development teams. Current invited members are Brendan Eich, David Baron, David Hyatt, Håkon Wium Lie, Ian Hickson, Johnny Stenback and Maciej Stachowiak.

The group is working on specifications for Web Forms 2.0, Web Apps 1.0, Web Controls 1.0 and a CSS object rendering model. This work will be largely done outside of the World Wide Web Consortium, though finalised versions of the specs are expected to be submitted for formal standardisation. While the decision to operate independently of the W3C may be seen as controversial, many feel that formal standards bodies move too slowly to react to proprietary technologies such as Microsoft's forthcoming XAML. In addition, many in the W3C are pushing for Web applications standards based on technologies such as XForms and Scalable Vector Graphics, whereas the members of the WHATWG favour backwards-compatible HTML-based solutions, which they believe would be easier to implement and more likely to be adopted by Web developers.

#13 What about Apple ?

by olace <>

Saturday June 5th, 2004 9:33 AM

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This is really great news. It is exactly how I think the web should develop : UA implementor develop a new technology, see if web developper use it, make it better and submit it for standartization when it's been proven usefull and easy to use. It will be much better than trying to create standard from nothing without real experience to back it up.

I see that David Hyatt is part of the team. Does that mean that Apple is supporting this project too ? If so, that's really good, that would mean that 3/4 of the major browser developper are working together for a better web. If not, there is still time to convince them or go straight to khtml developper to see if they want to support this initiative. I think that it is important that khtml based browser are not left behind.