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There's been a late surge of interest in voting for a wishlist of features users want added to web browsers, after being ignored for months.

With less than a day left before the OpenAjax Alliance closes its poll for most-wanted browser features 116 people have now voted, according to the project's summary. That's up from a miserable 13 by early June, two months after OpenAjax called for votes, and following last month's Reg article.

IBMer Jon Ferraiolo, a member of the Alliance's Runtime Task Force, said he's pleased with the level of participation.

"From my perspective, the initiative has exceeded even the wildest expectations, both in terms of the quantity and quality of the feature requests and the level of community participation," Ferraiolo said.

OpenAjax boasts a membership of more than 100 companies, organizations and projects with a mission to standardize AJAX implementations. The poll's results will be presented to vendors as a call for features that they'd like to see in browsers. The initiative was launched in April and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month.

So far, there have been 37 feature requests. At time of going to press on the eve of the poll closing, 2D drawing and vector graphics topped the list, followed by native JSON parsing and better security for cross-site scripts. Other features attracting significant levels of support include improved HTML DOM performance and better APIs for positioning and styling

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