Application Foundations for the Open Web Platform

Application Foundations Illustration

Bringing HTML5 to the status of W3C Recommendation is a defining moment in the development of the Open Web Platform (OWP), a set of technologies for developing distributed applications with the greatest interoperability in history. The year 2014 is also the 25th anniversary of the Web and 20th anniversary of W3C, making this an even more meaningful time to engage with the community about the Next Big Thing for the Web Platform.

In October 2014, Jeff Jaffe proposed in a blog post "Application Foundations for the Open Web Platform" that, having finalized HTML5, W3C's next priority should be making the Open Web Platform easier to use for developers.

This is the home page for the Application Foundations moving forward. Stay tuned for updates and more information about the eight Foundations defined in that post:

  1. Security and Privacy
  2. Core Web Design and Development
  3. Device Interaction
  4. Application Lifecycle
  5. Media and Real-Time Communications
  6. Performance and Tuning
  7. Usability and Accessibility
  8. Services

We invite the public to share ideas for the Application Foundations in our public Application Foundations wiki.

Jeff Jaffe <>
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