March 15th, 2007

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Apple asserts patents over “canvas” element

According to a message apparently sent from Apple's patent department, Apple is asserting patents over the “canvas” HTML element. This element was indeed invented over at Apple for their WebKit browser framework, at the time primarily for the benefit of the HTML-based “Dashboard Widgets”. The WHATWG has been attempting to document this as part of their Web Applications 1.0 (or “HTML5”) specification, and mostly-compatible alternative implementations of canvas exist in both Opera's and Mozilla's browsers.

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