The WHATWG now has a patent policy, the WHATCG. We will keep using the same mailing list, the same IRC channel, the same web sites, but now sometimes we will publish through the WHATCG as well for patent policy purposes per the W3C Community Final Specification Agreement.
If you could previously not join the WHATWG because no patent policy was in place, now is the time to reconsider. If you are unsure how this applies to you, then it most likely does not.
Ian Hickson made a proposal to unify Web Intents with
registerContentHandler(). The Encoding Standard now has all its decoders defined. This is the WHATWG Weekly.
The big news this week is the new
dialog element. Introduced in revision 7050, along with a new global attribute called
inert, a new
method attribute value "
dialog", and a new CSS property
Yours truly updated the Fullscreen Standard just in time for the
dialog element. It defines a new CSS
::backdrop pseudo-element as well as a new rendering layer to address the combined use cases of Fullscreen and the
The StringEncoding proposal is getting closer to consensus. It now consists of a
TextEncoder and a
TextDecoder object that can be used both for streaming and non-streaming use cases. This is the WHATWG Weekly.
Some bad news for a change. It may turn out that the web platform will only work on little-endian devices, as the vast majority of devices is little-endian today (computers, phones, …) and code written using
ArrayBuffer today assumes little-endian. Boris Zbarsky gives a rundown of options for browsers on big-endian devices. Kenneth Russell thinks the situation can still be saved by universal deployment of
DataView and sufficient developer advocacy.
Over the past couple of weeks the
canvas element 2D API has gotten some major new features. Ian Hickson wrote a lengthy email detailing the canvas v5 API additions. Path primitives, dashed lines, ellipses, SVG path syntax, text along a path, hit testing, more text metrics, transforming patterns, and a bunch more.
Jonas Sicking proposed an API for decoding ArrayBuffer objects as strings, and encoding strings as ArrayBuffer objects. The thread also touched on a proposal mentioned here earlier, StringEncoding. This is the mid-March WHATWG Weekly.
Revision 7023 added the
Path object to HTML for use with the
canvas element, and the next revision made it possible to actually use it:
var path = new Path()
A new method
addPathData() (introduced in revision 7026) can be used to construct canvas paths using SVG path data. Revision 7025 meanwhile added ellipse support to canvas.
Tune in next week for more additions to canvas.
Apple's Safari team provided feedback to the Web Notifications Working Group. That group, incidentally, is looking for an active editor to address that and other feedback. Opera Mobile shipped with WebGL support. This is March's first WHATWG Weekly.
Simon Pieters overhauled much of HTML5 differences from HTML4 and the document now provides information on added/changed APIs, differences between HTML and W3C HTML5, content model changes, and more.
Ian Hickson introduced a new URL scheme named
http+aes (and also
https+aes) in revision 7012 that allows for hosting private data on content distribution networks. Revision 7009 by the way, added the necessary hooks for the DOM mutation observers feature to HTML.
A new "
referrer" metadata name for the
meta element has been proposed on the WHATWG Wiki. This allows for controlling the
Referer header on outgoing links.