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- Subject: Browser innovation efforts -- where's W3C in this picture?
- From: Michael Champion <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 14:40:36 -0400
I've noticed a couple of things that seem a bit odd, and would like to
get a better idea of the context. First, there was the Mozilla/Opera
collaboration on Web Forms 2.0
http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3361141 "The proposed
specifications include new attributes, DOM (define) interfaces and
events for validation and dependency tracking as well as XML form
submission and initialization. The specification also aims to document
existing practices in the forms area that have not yet been officially
standardized." Uhh, why this rather than just supporting XForms? (an
honest question, not a troll!).
Then there's the story of last week : Mozilla, Opera Unite to
http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3375831 " The Mozilla
Foundation Wednesday announced a cooperative effort to standardize
plug-in (define) functionality, ushering in a new era of multimedia
accommodation on today's Web browsers."
Today I see
Tim Bray) that Safari is supporting various extensions to HTML. One
can see this as a cause for concern that the standards are not being
followed, or a cause for hope that people are starting to innovate in
the browser arena once again (and presumably standards will follow
along when best practice is clear).
Meanwhile back at the W3C ranch, the HTML group seems to be pretty much
in maintenance mode, as best as I can tell from
http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/xhtml-roadmap/ and the fact that there hasn't
been much XHTML 2.0 activity lately that is visible from the outside,
and the DOM WG is now officially dead.
So, just at a time when Mozilla, Opera, and Safari seem to be getting
some traction (due in large part to IE's numerous security issues and
lack of recent development) and there is a need for coordination and
standardization of innovative extensions to the browser standards, the
W3C doesn't seem to be where it is happening. What's going on? Or
what am I missing?