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August 9, 2005

W3C CDF WG posts first draft of compound document framework specification

Filed under: integration,webarch — Mark Baker @ 12:31 pm

After several months of work, the W3C Compound Document Formats WG has published the first draft of the specification of the base framework and profiles.

This is important work with broader applicability than might seem initially apparent, as although the objective of the WG is to focus on visual formats such as HTML, SVG, and others, the framework should be reusable for non-visual languages in many cases.

As a member of the WG (representing my client Justsystem), the part of the spec that consumed most of my time was the base framework, and in particular specifying how to bind it onto the existing Web in order to maximize its generality as well as the probability of success. This is a lot harder task than it seems, as demonstrated by the fact that this version of the draft asks more questions than it answers about this issue. But that’s ok, it’s still early in the process, and I’m confident that there’s a fruitful way forward. Please though, if you have some experience in the XML-meets-MIME/media-types space, we’d love to hear what you have to say.

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