Apple (and others) are causing a headache for Web standards body, the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C).

The Cupertino company, along with the Mozilla Foundation and Opera Software have revealed that work they have been doing to build a specification for Web Forms 2.0 is nearly complete. ZDNet says this group calls itself the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group.

The move means now four separate solutions exist to perform this function: The W3C has one, Microsoft another, Macromedia yet another alternative and now the new group has a fourth proposal.

W3C is committed to establishing open standards for future Web technology development, and the conflict makes it hard for the body to set an open standard.

The technologies concerned are the next-generation of the already widely-used forms technologies used during such Web-mundane efforts as Google searches, or an Amazon sale.