Feeds

BONDI is all beachy with W3C

Happy widget consensus happens

Application security programs and practises

The OMTP's widget framework BONDI now complies with the W3C's definition of the term, paving the way to properly-cross-platforms applications.

BONDI extends the W3C definition of a Widget to include a security policy and mobile-specific APIs, but the OMTP is pleased to report that its reference implementation now passes the W3C's Packaging and Configuration specification - so the groups agree on what a Widget is and how it should be distributed.

Widgets used to be small applications with independently-updated data streams, often constantly on display, but both the OMTP and W3C have widgets with much higher aspirations.

"We want something that has an install event, and a nice icon that sits alongside native applications: the user shouldn't be able to tell which is which," the OMTP tells us.

Widgets are developed in AJAX but deployed free of any containing web browser, which means they need both a secure execution environment and a standard distribution mechanism. The OMTP reckons its implementation is the first to meet both criteria, though there are still some odds and ends to sort out before it's fully compliant with the whole W3C Widget spec.

Given its history it would be ironic if JavaScript ended up achieving what Java intended - truly platform-independent applications. Widgets have industry backing and developer interest, but it remains to be seen if JavaScript can really make it on the desk- and palmtop. ®

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015
Faster? Not yet. Cheaper? No data
Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup
Just hook us up to more 10Gbps ports, backbone biz yells in tit-for-tat spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.