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“Closing the gap with native” headlight project

From: Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:48:24 +0100
Message-ID: <1360662504.3802.27.camel@cumulustier>
To: public-closingthegap@w3.org
Hi all,

Thanks again for showing interest in the “Closing the gap with Native”
headlight project (see background on headlight projects [1]).

The premise of this project is that in the world of mobile devices,
native applications (based e.g. on iOS or Android SDKs) are gaining
greater mindshare among users and developers compared to Web apps; we
want to look at what needs to happen to ensure the Web remains a strong
platform on these devices.

One of the specific goals of this project will be to deliver at the
latest by July a list of prioritized tasks that W3C should fund, for
approval by the W3C management. 

One of my personal goals will be to look at where W3C has a specific
role to play and a greater chance to succeed in influencing the world,
but of course that shouldn't prevent us as a group to look at what other
(non-w3c) initiatives would be needed to achieve our more general goal.

Before we're able to make such a list of prioritized tasks, I think we
need to have a clear picture of where we think we're getting behind
native apps, what we're already doing to catch up, which space the Web
has a natural advantage to native apps. We'll also need to consider what
trade-offs are required to catch up, and whether these trade-offs are
worth it.

I think we also need to agree on some common terminology to avoid
hitting classical ambiguities with terms such as "Web apps" or "hybrid

I've started doing some work in that direction in the W3C wiki:
http://www.w3.org/wiki/Closing_the_gap_with_native on which I welcome

But as a first step, I would certainly appreciate if the various people
on this list could introduce themselves, explain their interests on the
project, and maybe give a rough idea of what they think the problem is,
and where they think most of needs are.


1. http://www.w3.org/wiki/Headlights2013
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