Open Web Platform Next for W3C

HTML 5 has matured enough to build complex enterprise web applications. And most of the software companies including Microsoft, Google, and HP are fully supporting HTML 5. That leaves a question for W3C, the next thing. What is next for W3C? W3C may be eyeing a new Open Web Platform. A foundation that will focus on today's major problems.

In a recent recommendation published on W3C:

Though HTML5 is widely deployed and popular among developers, we have more to do to achieve one of the promises of the Open Web Platform: lowering the cost of developing powerful, cross-platform applications. In an October blog post, W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe states that "now that HTML5 is done, W3C should do more to strengthen the parts of the Open Web Platform that developers most urgently need for success." To help communicate and drive agreement on those priorities, Jaffe enumerates "Application Foundations" that must be strengthened to achieve the next generation platform:

  • Security and Privacy: identity, crypto, multi-factor authentication, privacy protection
  • Core Web Design and Development: HTML next generation, style, layout, graphics, animations, typography
  • Device Interaction: access to hardware and sensors such as bluetooth, NFC, vibration, etc.
  • Application Lifecycle: background tasks to manage offline, push, geofencing, sync
  • Media and Real-Time Communications: WebRTC, streaming media
  • Performance and Tuning: profiling, enhancements such hints and pre-loading, responsive design
  • Usability and Accessibility: ensuring the Web is accessible to all and supports the world's languages
  • Services: social Web, payments, annotations, Web of data