Lotusphere 2010 : Lotus is taking the lead in HTML5 and other technologies

January 19 2010

One of the many themes that IBM wanted people to come away from Lotusphere 2010 is that Lotus is going to be a leader in current technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, Webkit, Open Social, and OpenID & OAuth. This is not just about IBM enabling these technologies, but in leading in how they are implemented and used. It's time for the amazing team of engineers at IBM to take the global stage and LEAD. I look forward to seeing how they do that, what tools they use to spread the message, and how the rest of the world embraces (or freaks out) the IBM leadership.

Lotus knows that IBM has one of the best engineering teams in the world.

7 Responses to “Lotusphere 2010 : Lotus is taking the lead in HTML5 and other technologies”

  1. 1) Patrick Kwinten says:

    so this means we get decent support of CSS in the Notes client? =)

  2. 2) John Head says:

    I have no knowledge of how they will implement it, but it seems like they have too. Who knows how that happens - but I expect something major over time.

  3. 3) Tommy Valand says:

    Are you saying that WebKit will be the "web renderer" inside future versions of Notes? Opens up a lot of possibilities. WebKit is on the forefront of web technology.

  4. 4) John Head says:

    Tommy, again, there are no specific details. But that would be my request to get to where Project Vulcan takes us. And that would be super cool.

  5. 5) Lars Berntrop-Bos says:

    Oh but please, integrate Midas!

  6. 6) John Head says:

    Lars, the future is HTML content or native ODF, not rich text. As much as I love Midas and consider Ben a friend, that ship has sailed in my eyes

  7. 7) Ben Langhinrichs says:


    For what it is worth, I agree that the chances of IBM "integraating Midas" are exactly zero. That ship has indeed sailed. On the other hand, the idea that IBM is even moving closer to HTML content or native ODF content is laughable. I heard the same thing (though it used to be described as HTML or XML) in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, and here it is 2010, I'm still hearing it. Any actual signs of that change? The closest they have come is that XPage design uses XML for part of its design element. Nothing I saw at Lotusphere, have heard online or have heard from any IBMers has indicated a strong move toward changing internal formats. A small move toward MIME is happening with the web based rich text editor, but even that converts back and forth to rich text for any use in the client or most programming. Like it or not, IBM will still be dealing with rich text for at least the next two to three major versions.

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