Published: Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 Last modified: Monday, Apr 8, 2024

Netfront with

With all due respect, Access Company cannot claim to support the W3C widgets specification with their latest release ‘NFWP20_WMPRO_ENU_R002.CAB’ of their widgets player.

Firstly my very poor conformance checker named widget validator points out some doctype errors. E.g. they use title instead of name. Ok, minor… but…

Then I tried to get one of my widget books to load in NetFront widget runtime. The run time does not seem to understand the content element!

Then I renamed the startfile to a default index.html and I did manage to download and install my widget from Opera. Remarkable. However I was unable to launch the widget. The run time reports: “Error occurred. Code: 100000004”. Hmm, that error code looks suspiciously like a string.

The BONDI reference implementation amazingly seems to be the most W3C compliant Widget runtime atm.

If any employees of Access (Disclaimer: I used to work for Access) are reading my (new) blog, I encourage you look at some draft W3C widget test suite cases I am working on.

Otherwise I am impressed. HTML5 canvas support LGTM and it feels quite responsive.

Looking a little deeper into the Access Company widget configuration document

I downloaded a couple of NetFront Widgets and peered into them with vim and a helpful .vimrc setting:

au BufReadCmd *.wgt call zip#Browse(expand("<amatch>"))

Besides config.xml (widget specification says this is optional btw), there is often a config.js. The config.xml is extended with xwidget.

<access network="true" />
<xwidget profile="1.0" distributeurl="">
        <netaccess host=""  port="80" />
        <netaccess host="" port="80" />
<display type="VGA" width="300" height="90" />
<display type="QVGA" width="180" height="60" />

The proprietary netaccess tag, reflects the a similar issue in the BONDI Architecture and Security document, which extends W3C widgets with a bondi namespace (not xwidget) and elements like:


So I guess the access element needs a makeover to meet Access’s and Bondi’s requirements.