Web IDL Garden Hose

Allen Wirfs-Brock Allen.Wirfs-Brock at microsoft.com
Mon Sep 28 10:12:03 PDT 2009


>-----Original Message-----
>From: es-discuss-bounces at mozilla.org [mailto:es-discuss-
>bounces at mozilla.org] On Behalf Of Robin Berjon
>>
>> There is no old version.
>
>Right, this is v1. What previous W3C API specifications had relied on
>was either OMG IDL, or the common lore understanding that people were
>familiar with this way of expressing APIs, so they'd get it right.
>We're trying to do a bit better than that.
>

The primary concern of TC39 members is with the WebIDL ECMAScript bindings.  I haven't yet heard any particular concerns from TC9 about WebIDL as an abstract language independent interface specification language. Since W3C seems committed to defining language independent APIs, I would think that the language independent portion of the WebIDL spec. would be the only possible blocker to other new specs.

It seems like this might be a good reason to decouple the specification of the actual WebIDL language from the specification of any of its language bindings.

Allen Wirfs-Brock
Microsoft



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