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Web IDL is an interface description language (IDL) format for describing application programming interfaces (APIs) that are intended to be implemented in web browsers.

Description[edit]

Web IDL is an IDL variant with:[1]

  • A number of features that allow one to more easily describe the behavior of common script objects in a web context.
  • A mapping of how interfaces described with Web IDL correspond to language constructs within an ECMAScript execution environment.

Status of this specification[edit]

The first edition of the Web IDL specification became a Candidate Recommendation on 19 April 2012 and a W3C Recommendation on 15 December 2016[2]. The second edition of Web IDL is an Editor's Draft, and most new web specifications reference this second edition.

Usage[edit]

  • The W3C Wiki has a list of W3C Specifications that use Web IDL,[3] and nearly all WHATWG specifications use it.[4]
  • The Chromium Project has a page about using WebIDL to specify interfaces in Blink.[5]
  • Mozilla uses Web IDL in their software creation process, mapping implementations to Web IDL specs.[6]
  • When WebKit is built, the IDL files are parsed, creates the code to bind interfaces to implementations.[7]
  • In the ES operating system, every system API is defined in Web IDL, and can be invoked from JavaScript directly.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Web IDL (Second Edition)". World Wide Web Consortium. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  2. ^ https://www.w3.org/TR/WebIDL/
  3. ^ "Web IDL". W3C Wiki. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group Specifications". WHATWG. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Web IDL in Blink". Blink Project Documentation. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Mozilla WebIDL bindings". Mozilla Developer Network. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  7. ^ "WebKit Web IDL". trac.webkit.org. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  8. ^ "The ES operating system".

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