Web Developers Launch Browser Wish List
The OpenAjax Alliance establishes a Future Browser Feature Wish List to identify capabilities developers hope to see in next-generation browsers.The OpenAjax Alliance has come up with a "Future Browser Feature Wish List" that currently tallies 37 features that Web developers deem necessary for future browsers to take the Web to the next level. The group's goal is an ambitious one, but an important step in taking the Web forward, as developers continue efforts to add new features to browsers and to standardize the browser platform.
Coach Wei, founder and chairman of Nexaweb Technologies and chair of the community effort at the OpenAjax Alliance called "Ajax Runtime Feature Wish List," said, "From this initiative, it is clear that the community is looking for 'better' browsers going forward with enthusiasm, and also clear what the community is looking for. However, the gap from where we are today and where we want to be is clear as well. There is a lot of work to do. OpenAjax will continue to work on this, hopefully getting browser vendors to listen to us."
Although we have identified the top 10 feature requests, the browser teams should study the entire list because all features might represent critical requirements or are just great ideas for advancing the Web. It is possible that some of the features that received fewer votes are critical to a particular but important niche or that only a subset of participants is close enough to the bleeding edge to see an impending but critical requirement.Wei also said the next step for the wish list effort is to communicate with browser vendors. "We have had calls with some of the browser vendors such as the Microsoft IE [Internet Explorer] team during Phase I" of the project, he said. "OpenAjax Alliance will try to get in touch (or continue) the dialogue with browser vendors to convey what the community is looking for." Moreover, on the issue of graphics, Wei said: