Submission request to W3C (W3C Team Comment)

We, W3C member America Online, Inc, hereby submit to the Consortium the following specification, comprising the following document attached hereto:

  1. XBL - XML Binding Language 1.0

which is referred to as "the submission". We request the submission be known as the "XBL" submission.


The submission outlines the XML Binding Language. XBL is a markup language for describing bindings that can be attached to elements in other documents. Bindings can be attached to elements using either cascading stylesheets [CSS] or the document object model [DOM]. The element that the binding is attached to, called the bound element, acquires the new behavior specified by the binding.

Bindings can contain event handlers that are registered on the bound element, an implementation of new methods and properties that become accessible from the bound element, and anonymous content that is inserted around the bound element.

Intellectual property Rights

The submission was developed through mozilla.org. The document is being submitted to the W3C by America Online, Inc on behalf of itself and mozilla.org.

We do not believe that we have patents and/or patent applications (collectively "Patents") relevant to the standard to be developed in relation to this submission. However, we have not performed a patent search in order to verify we have no Patents that are relevant to such standard. Our general policy concerning Patents that are essential to practice a W3C standard developed with our participation is to make licenses for those Patents available on either royalty-free or reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. If we identify Patents essential to this submission and we determine that we are not willing to grant licenses on either royalty-free or reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms, we will endeavor to provide notification within four weeks following the release of the relevant Proposed Recommendation.


All product names are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of their respective owners.


The submission may be distributed within the membership of the W3C free of any fee. The submission may be distributed publicly free of any fee under the redistribution terms expressed in the W3C copyright statement.

Suggested action

We suggest that the Consortium's CSS Working Group use this submission as a basis for furthering the work on BECSS, possibly with the creation of a new working group.


To help with this work, we expect to actively participate in all technical activity in this area.

Change control

Should any changes be required to the document, we would expect future versions to be produced by W3C process.


Inquiries from the public about this submission should be directed to the mozilla.org community. The forum most appropriate for discussion of XBL and related matters in the context of Mozilla is the newsgroup netscape.public.mozilla.xbl (which may soon change to mozilla.dev.tech.xbl). The W3C forum most appropriate for discussing this submission is the www-style mailing list.


this 12th day of January, 2001,

Ray Whitmer