Gemini is another effort to build something lighter than the Web, and one we like a lot; in fact, we're probably going to recommend that Web user agents support the Gemini protocol! Gemini's gemtext format is extremely simple and incredibly easy to work with, but in our opinion it's often better to have something more sophisticated that can include multimedia, some styling like emphasis, more detailed metadata like marking the main content of a page so search engines can index it and not the comments section, and some interactivity like forms to send feedback or sign up for something.
The Git source control repositories meant to hold draft Weblite specifications are part of the Weblite Codeberg organization. Currently, there are repositories for shared common work, HTMLite, our simplified version of HTML, XMLite, our simplified version of the XML meta-language, which is meant to underlie HTMLite, CSSLite, our simplified version of the optional CSS style-sheet language, and the Fetch recommendations for how user agents should get pages and other resources from the Web.
This Web page is also kept in a Codeberg repository, so if you'd like to improve it, go right ahead!
If you have a Codeberg account, you can jump right in and open an issue on whichever repository seems most appropriate. We're currently looking for people to take lead of CSSLite and Fetch, so open an issue on those repositories if you're interested in getting them started. If you have some contributions to the specifications themselves, feel free to fork the repository and open a pull request.
If you don't have a Codeberg account, we're planning to support contributions by email as well, but it may be easier for you to create an account. There's lots of other projects on Codeberg, so hopefully it won't be a waste!
The main hubs for conversation are currently the #Weblite tag on the Fediverse (Mastodon, Pleroma, Misskey, and others) and the ##weblite channel on Libera Chat. We'd like to set up a more permanent place for conversation, but this is what we've got for the moment.