by Ian ‘Hixie’ Hickson
This is not the first time people talk about a Web Platform design for applications, by sidestepping HTML. This is, nonetheless, the first time such idea is being lad out in a detailed proposal.
Overall it is pretty complete — except for addressing the fact that WASM is a byte code. Unlike HTML/CSS in its declarative form, which browsers are free to parse and render partially downloaded content, there is going to be a loading screen for WASM widgets/apps like Java applets.
This sole issue isn’t going to be a showstopper in any way. HTML/CSS will continue to live on as the best document format.
It would be interesting to see if the browser vendors (his employer included) will ack on these.