|By Coach Wei, on behalf of the OpenAjax Alliance||
|July 17, 2008 05:45 AM EDT||
In late 2007, OpenAjax Alliance formed the Runtime Task Force (http://www.openajax.org/member/wiki/Runtime) to address this community concern. The goal is to collect, articulate, and prioritize key issues from the Ajax community, and communicate them to browser vendors. This will help educate the community in large, help browser vendors better plan for their product roadmap, and help developers better use Ajax.
Article author Coach Wei speaking at a previous AJAXWorld RIA Conference
The OpenAjax Runtime initiative used a two phased process. A special wiki site http://www.openajax.org/runtime/wiki/Main_Page was set up to facilitate communication and collaboration.
In Phase I, OpenAjax Alliance collected an initial list of feature requests. This is largely done by researching blogs, meetings with OpenAjax members and Ajax experts, and interviewing leading Ajax toolkits.
The initial wish list was announced in April 2008 for community review and feedback. A group of industry experts were being actively approached for feedback (see Phase I Voting wiki page).
Phase II started in May. The Alliance re-organized the feature lists based on Phase I results. Phase II wish list was put into voting in June. Voting was open to the general community. For each feature request, a voter can vote from 0 to 10 to indicate how strongly the voter feels the need for this request (10 being the most important).
2. Feature List Summary
A total of 55 features were written up by various people in community. These writeups typically cover areas such as what the feature is, background, why the feature is important, possible solutions/recommended approaches for this feature, references, etc.
As a result of community feedback, some features are classified into “InActive”. For Phase II voting, there is a list of 37 active features. The current feature request list is:
- Better Security for Cross-site Scripts
- Stronger Cross-site Request Forgery Protection
- Better IFrames Better Sandboxing
- Native JSON Parsing
Client-server communications features
- "The Two HTTP Connection Limit" Issue
- "Persistent Connections" Issue
- XHR Connection Length Advice
- Synchronous XHR Enhancements
- 2D Drawing/Vector Graphics
- Video and Audio
- Offline Support
- Mutation Events
- XPath Support
- Component Model XBL HTC
Rendering/interaction/event handling features
- Better Support for Rich Text Editing
- Better APIs about positioning and styling
- Better UI Layout Support
- IE 6 and IE 7: "overflow: auto" problem
- Event Transparency API
- Event notification for "content overflow"
- Drag Drop Copy Paste
- Override Back Button Event
- Browser "Unresponsive Mode" Enhancements
- Enhanced support for dialogs
- "Array" Operation Performance In All Browsers
- HTML DOM Operation Performance In General
- Matching Element Against CSS Selector
- IE: Array's Can't Be Usefully Sub-classed
- Threading Support
- Hashes for DOM elements and associated API
- Ajax toolkit caching
- Animation of web page content
- Better testing support
- CSS Object Model
3. Community Voting Results
Voting results are available at:
- 222 participants;
- 143 people voted;
- 55 feature request being written up;
- Various Industry leaders contributed;
- A discussion thread spawns on Slashdot with 628 comments (http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/06/30/1845201).
See next page for the Top Requested Features
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