Widgets, F2F and XTech

Next week, the “Web Application Formats Working group”:http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-appformats/ is meeting in Dublin, Ireland for a “face-to-face”:http://www.w3.org/2006/appformats/group/May2008F2F session where we will be tackling quite a few issues:
* Processing Model
* Security Model (I have some input prepared for this, since Opera defines a rather extensive security model for widgets
* A proposal for handling internationalization and “localization for widgets”:http://twitter.com/widgetspecs/statuses/798878293 – this stuff is hard, and to paraphrase Consultant Barbie: I18N is hard, let’s go shopping
* Digital signatures for widgets
* Automatic updates for widgets
* Default widget icon
* Tagging and classification for widgets
This week, “Marcos”:http://datadriven.com.au/ has been visiting the Opera headquarters, for a three day sit-down and preparation session where we have handled some of the issues, and made good headway, both in terms of the “Packaging and Configuration”:http://dev.w3.org/2006/waf/widgets/ – in particular I18N, we’ve also done quite a bit of real hard work on “APIs and events”:http://dev.w3.org/2006/waf/widgets-api/, which we’ll publish soon. Not to say that we’re out of challenges.
Please note that the agenda items listed above are not a final list of what we’ll be spending the better part of two days talking about. As noted above, WAF has a *public* mailing list on which *you* can propose input.
We’ll attempt to keep you updated at what we’re doing during the meeting “through Twitter”:http://twitter.com/widgetspecs.
On a similar note, I am also going to XTech 2008, and will be presenting a session called “Going full circle: Giving Web Applications and Widgets access to device and user data”:http://2008.xtech.org/public/schedule/detail/546. If you want to know where widgets differ from “offline web applications”:http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/section-offline.html#offline, my talk should at least give you a few pointers. As for talks, I’ll also see if I can get a slot for the “20:20 lightning talks”:http://2008.xtech.org/public/schedule/detail/654

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