W3C TAG Publishes Finding on Identifying Application State

The W3C TAG is pleased to announce the publication of a new TAG Finding “Identifying Application State.”

URIs were originally used primarily to identify documents on the Web, or with the use of fragment identifiers, portions of those documents. As Web content has evolved to include Javascript and similar applications that have extensive client-side logic, a need has arisen to use URIs to identify states of such applications, to provide for bookmarking and linking those states, etc. This finding sets out some of the challenges of using URIs to identify application states, and recommends some best practices. A more formal introduction to the Finding and its scope can be found in its abstract.

The W3C TAG would like to thank Ashok Malhotra, who did much of the analysis and editing for this work, and also former TAG member T.V. Raman, who first brought this issue to the TAG’s attention, and who wrote earlier drafts on which this finding is based.

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