XML News from Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The W3C the Web Applications Working Group has posted the first public working draft of Widgets 1.0: APIs and Events. "This specification defines a set of APIs and events for widgets that enable baseline functionality for widgets. Widgets are full-fledged client-side applications that are authored using Web standards. They are typically downloaded and installed on a client machine or device where they typically run as stand-alone applications outside of a Web browser. Examples range from simple clocks, stock tickers, news casters, games and weather forecasters, to complex applications that pull data from multiple sources to be "mashed-up" and presented to a user in some interesting and useful way (see [Widgets-Landscape] for more information). The runtime environment in which a widget runs is referred to as a widget user agent."