Widget Updates Standard

I am currently very busy reading your papers about W3C Widgets because I 
am writing my master thesis about Widgets. The title is "Device 
interoperable data visualization using standard W3C Widgets" - the 
important word is "standard". Anyway, I really like your work and I am 
very excited how the whole topic will evolve the next years.

I have one question or recommendation regarding Widget Updates 
(http://www.w3.org/TR/2010/WD-widgets-updates-20100413/). I really like 
the idea of the "update-description" element in the config.xml file and 
the idea of pointing to a UUD providing medat data - and here comes my 
question - would it be possible to update content of a Widget through 
this technology as well or is this update mechanism for the user agend 
update only? Because it would be nice to have something like a push 
service that notifies the client Widget when e.g. not only a new Widget 
package is available but also when new content for an existing Widget is 
available. I think using or extending the UUD to provide a link to 
updated content would match into this topic. I think it would be an 
other reason for developers to use widgets, e.g. on a mobile device when 
notification is integreated into the standard. What do you think?

I hope that I am not completly wrong or missing anything that already 
provides this service I am looking for within the Widget family of 
specs. Anyway, I really appreciate all your comments regarding this 
topic and I am very thankful that people like you working on standards 
for the web! It makes life easier!

I am looking forward to your response. Thanks and best regards,
 christoph storm, austria

Received on Thursday, 17 June 2010 16:01:35 UTC