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NOTE: This document is no longer maintained because the Web Applications Working Group was closed in October 2015 and its deliverables transferred to the Web Platform Working Group.

This document includes information about the XML Binding Language aka XBL.

This document is a Living Document and as such will change. Members of WebApps are encouraged to edit (e.g. to update, correct, etc.) the information in this document and people without a W3C account are encouraged to send comments to public-webapps@w3.org.


XBL specifications include (in no particular order):

  • XBL2-cutdown; Editor's Draft last updated 3-Sep-2010. Includes many changes from the 2007 Candidate Recommendation. Not clear if there is any implementor support for this
  • SVG's XML Binding Language (sXBL), Working Draft; published 15-Aug-2005 by SVG WG. First attempt at a standard XBL, aimed mainly at SVG; attempt halted because the implementors and users wanted XPointer and the editor wanted Selectors). Lots of interest at SVG Open three or four years ago, probably none now.


Use Cases

Discussion Threads

Discussion threads about XBL2 (newer threads listed first):

  • XBL2-cutdown announced; Ian Hickson (XBL2 Editor) announces (public-webapps) major changes in the Editor's Draft of the XBL2 Candidate (3-Sep-2010)