Apple extensions to HTML
I just found a few emails in my Inbox asking me what I think of the new Apple's canvas tag. I may surprise you but I really like it. Unlike many other standard gurus including friends Ian Hickson and Eric Meyer, I think Apple is totally right to do it the way it is doing it:
- this kind of user's request has been on our desks since 1997. Same thing for sliders. Apple does not want to wait for seven more years I presume... I just can't believe that so many years after Mosaic, we're still unable to draw a complex org chart or a computational diagram in a browser without a plugin or a specific build.
- Apple needs a solution working AND understandable right now. And a so little minority of web authors understand namespaces it's probably not a workable solution.
- We've all recently said that Mozilla and Microsoft extensibility mechanisms allow to add new features to the browser in a non-intrusive way. Well, Apple just challenges us.
- Now, at least the canvas tag proposal is really public, and not restricted to a techies' mailing-list or group of geeks. But it's also proposed to the WHAT-WG, and it's not only a marketer's dream. It's implemented.
Go on Dave, go on. Move forward.