W3C XHR working draft – is it enough?

April 6th, 2006

Ajax Magazine points to the new W3C XMLHttpRequest Working Draft Specification.

While I’m all for standards, and the XMLHttpRequest object has become a defacto standard since it has been included in the leading browsers, I wonder if the effort to formalize the status quo is enough when the current object, while extremely useful, could benefit from a number of improvements. I suggest it’s time to also make some forward movement.

Douglas Crockford has addressed many of the restrictions and common criticisms of XMLHttpRequest in his recent abstract proposing a new JSONRequest object to be implemented in by browser makers.

I think JSONRequest (or something similar) is a natural next step in the evolution of browser interaction, building on the tremendous success of XMLHttpRequest and learning from the experiences it has given us.

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