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W3C Widgets 1.0 Requirements Updated

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) updated the Widgets 1.0 Requirements document a few days ago. The document is a good read and widgets standardizations would be a nice move. We like the direction this is going and in particular we like what Marcos Caceres (editor of the requirements spec) had to say in a comment posted over at Widgets Lab.

“I don’t think it should be the w3c’s place to tell designers or widget vendors what widgets should look like, but, instead, instead, the w3c should specify the tools developers need to create awesome looking/functioning widgets.” – Marcos Caceres

We couldn’t agree more. Having build various widgets across different platforms and systems, it would be great to be able to standardize on some specs, easily develop widgets across these systems and still retain the freedom to deploy widgets to meet business needs.

Hooman Radfar sums it up perfectly over at Widgify, “Between all the hub-bub around measurement and now this, it looks like our little widgets are growing up in a big way.”

Widgets 1.0 Requirements – W3C Working Draft 05 July 2007

From W3C Abstract:

“This document lists the design goals and requirements that the Widgets 1.0 Specification needs to address in order to standardize how Widgets are scripted, digitally signed, secured, packaged and deployed in a way that is device independent, follows W3C principles, and is as interoperable as possible with existing market-leading user agents on which Widgets are run.”

About W3C:

“The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards.”

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