The Open Web
What's at Stake
What Does "Open" Mean?
- Unencumbered, Cross-Platform Standards
- Open Source / Free Software Implementations
- No Single-Vendor "Lock-In"
- User Innovation Network Effects
- Distributed Extensibility
What Is Not "Open"
- Cubic equation wars (16th century Italy)
- Flash, Adobe Apollo
- WPF, WPF/E
- The "New English Dictionary" (1857-1884)
- Extreme Sports Gear (Windsurfing, 1978-1998)
- Ajax Libraries (Prototype, Dojo, jsQuery, etc.)
- Most of the Public Web, Still (2007)
- The WHAT Working Group
User Innovation Networks
- Eric von Hippel, MIT
- User-only innovation networks can flourish when
- "Lead Users" have incentive to innovate
- Users voluntarily reveal their innovations
- Diffusion of innovations is low cost
- Will the W3C HTML WG use WHATWG specs?
- Will Microsoft handicap the Web vs. WPF*?
- Will Adobe open up Flash?
- What's Apple up to?
- Can Mozilla make a difference (again)?
- We want to move the Web forward quickly
- Offline Web Apps (Firefox 3)
- 2D and 3D (OpenGL/ES) Canvas tag
- Better text via CSS3 and beyond
- Working with Opera via WHATWG on <video>
- Unencumbered Ogg Theora decoder in all browsers
- Ogg Vorbis for <audio>
- Other formats possible
- DHTML player controls
- For all browsers, not just Firefox