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February 10, 2007

Standardising the widgets

While I really liked Konfabulator, and then found Apple Dashboard pretty cool, in no time at all I've stopped using widgets for anything other than the calculator. However, as Microsoft has added "gadgets" to Vista, there is still a demand for these mini-apps. So its probably quite timely for W3C to be having a go at a common standard for them.

Whether such an effort will get traction is up for debate, but the initial document is interesting for comparing and analysing the various "widget" technologies. In some ways the packaging of widgets is rather similar to the various content packaging strategies we've seen in elearning, as can be seen here:

W3C widget architecture diagram

Other interesting (web, but not semantic web) work is being done in W3C via the Rich Web Clients group .

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