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Re: Widgets PAG seeks feedback on Widget Updates spec

From: Marcos Caceres <marcosc@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 14:55:07 +0200
Message-ID: <b21a10670907150555t30a2375cg494edc03f5feb465@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jean-Claude Dufourd <jean-claude.dufourd@telecom-paristech.fr>
Cc: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>, Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>, public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>, Rigo Wenning <rigo@w3.org>
On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 1:54 PM, Jean-Claude
Dufourd<jean-claude.dufourd@telecom-paristech.fr> wrote:
> Marcos Caceres a écrit :
>
> >From the spec "...an author can request that a widget asynchronously
> check if a widget has been updated [(i.e., that a new version of the
> widget package is available online)] via the widget.update() method,
> defined in the Widgets-API specification. This strategy also relies on
> the author having declared a update element in the widget
> configuration document, as it makes use of the URI to potentially
> retrieve an UDD and relay whether an update is available back to the
> instantiated Widget. **Actually performing the update is left to the
> discretion of the widget user agent.**"
>
>
> JCD: this standards trick works if your aim is to have a patent on the
> highlighted point be judged as non-essential.
> There are a few points to check to ensure non-essentiality:
> - the language of the standard makes the feature a MAY (seems to be the
> case);
> - no test case uses the feature (should be easy too).
> However, if the implementations consistently implement the feature, they
> will infringe the patent and will get a call from the patent holder.
>
> It seems to me that this feature may end up as "consistently implemented".
> There would then be a good case for the WG to spend some time on devising a
> proper workaround.
> Anyone sharing my opinion that the widget update feature will be consistenly
> implemented (even if optional) ?

widget.update() will be dropped from the spec. It serves no useful purpose.

Kind regards,
Marcos

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