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.

#22 Congrats!

by morg

Sunday June 6th, 2004 12:11 PM

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This is all good news. The WHATWG is a big step in exactly the right direction.

If the W3C goes in the wrong way, the WHATWG may even turn into an independent non-profit standards body, but that is idle speculation.

I was very pleased to see that Safari is with us. That's huge. With Opera, Safari, and Mozilla on board, we just may have enough to knock King Kong off the building. (Or is Microsoft "Mothra," after the butterfly?)

The WHATWG project is already pointing in a terrific new direction for the WWW, and it's just getting started.

Congratulations and godspeed to Hixie and the whole WHATWG.