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Re: New draft of Coremob-2012 published, plus what's next

From: Tobie Langel <tobie@fb.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2013 17:14:47 +0000
To: Robert Shilston <robert.shilston@ft.com>, Mounir Lamouri <mounir@lamouri.fr>
CC: "public-coremob@w3.org" <public-coremob@w3.org>, Hidetoshi Yokota <yokota@kddilabs.jp>
Message-ID: <F9981AFB970564408FEB7DFCF62D4408436EF695@ASH-MBX01-4.TheFacebook.com>
On 1/3/13 5:58 PM, "Robert Shilston" <robert.shilston@ft.com> wrote:

>On 2 Jan 2013, at 16:24, Mounir Lamouri wrote:
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>On 29/12/12 09:50, Hidetoshi Yokota wrote:
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>From the above observation, is it possible to add a new requirement like
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>below at this point in time?
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>Req.X: User Agent SHOULD be able to obtain the information of the
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>network, to which it attaches (e.g., connectivity or nominal capability)
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>and it is RECOMMENDED to select an appropriate network when available.
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>Related WGs: Device APIs WG, System Applications WG
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>Please enlighten me if this kind of discussion has already been done and
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>concluded.
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>This has been discussed in DAP and there are privacy and fingerprinting
>concerns. Given DAP is focusing on the browser scope and it is too scary
>to provide such an API to all contents, it might be possible to have
>this done in SysApps but it will very likely be behind some kind of
>permission.
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>Cheers,
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>Mounir
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>I feel that the network information, whilst it could be made available,
>is sufficiently likely to be misleading as to be unwise to be used by
>developers.  The only way to establish the connection quality is to
>connect to the server you want to speak to.  We've written more about the
>challenges of network state information at
>http://labs.ft.com/2012/08/navigator-online-here-be-dragons/
>Rob

I'm sympathetic to the issue but the Network Info API is clearly the wrong
way of looking at it, imho. I wrote more about this on the DAP mailing
list recently[1]. If something along these lines (and also much shorter)
would gather consensus, I'll happily add it to the doc.

--tobie

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[1]: 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-device-apis/2012Dec/0046.html
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