Browser innovation efforts -- where's W3C in this picture?
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 Standardize Web 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 http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/hyatt/archives/2004_07.html#005890 (via 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?
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