Monday, August 1, 2011
The WebSocket protocol specification is now largely stable, having solved previous security concerns. As such, we’ve updated Chromium to support the latest version (draft-ietf-hybi-thewebsocketprotocol-10) on the dev channel (14.0.835.2). Given that the specification is now in “last-call” and and no further breaking changes are expected, it should now be safe to use WebSockets for production application development.
The new protocol introduces some exciting new features like binary message support and compression support, but these are not quite ready yet in Chrome and will come shortly - hang tight!
See the specs and discussion at W3C and WHATWG (spec, whatwg list) and IETF (spec, HyBi list) for more detail about the new protocol.
We’re more than happy to hear your feedback, and encourage you to file any bugs you find on our issue tracker.