XML News from Thursday, June 26, 2008

Adobe has released Acrobat 9. You can now embed movies in Acrobat documents. I wonder if this version will include an actually working Firefox plugin and a Reader that doesn't crash on the second page of every document? Hmm, apparently the answer is no. The reader is still the unusably buggy 8.1.2.

The W3C Web Application Formats Working Group has posted the last call working draft of Widgets 1.0 Requirements. "A widget is an interactive single purpose application for displaying and/or updating local data or data on the Web, packaged in a way to allow a single download and installation on a user's machine or mobile device. A widget may run as a stand alone application (meaning it can run outside of a Web browser), or may be embedded into a Web document. In this document, the runtime environment on which a widget is run is referred to as a widget user agent and a running widget is referred to as an instantiated widget. Prior to instantiation, a widget exists as a widget resource.