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Re: First stab at the Capture API (aka Camera API)

From: Robin Berjon <robin@robineko.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 12:53:33 +0100
Cc: public-device-apis <public-device-apis@w3.org>
Message-Id: <AB072C1D-8194-45A8-968E-5E44D3B8F96E@robineko.com>
To: Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
On Dec 2, 2009, at 11:45 , Dominique Hazael-Massieux wrote:
> Le mercredi 02 décembre 2009 à 12:27 +0200, Ilkka Oksanen a écrit :
>> I think viewfinder can be problematic feature for v1. Significant 
>> integration is needed between web rendering engine and native camera 
>> application/API in the host device. Additionally I believe that not all 
>> platforms have native APIs to stream live viewfinder image. Therefore as 
>> far I know for example PhoneGap is providing only launcher type of 
>> camera API. In that sense situation is similar to Contacts API and its 
>> searching functionality. Any comments?
> Ideally, the API would allow a browser to use either approaches; if
> that’s not practical (and I can imagine reasons why it wouldn’t be), I
> think we need to be careful in looking at what an embedded-viewfinder
> API would look like, to see what forward-compatible designs we need to
> come up with.

Just off the top of my head, I think this would work:

interface Capture {
  PendingOp viewFinder(in ViewFinderCB successCB, in ErrorCB errorCB);

[FunctionOnly, NoInterfaceObject]
interface ViewFinderCB {
    void onSuccess(in ViewFinder vf);

interface ViewFinder {
    readonly attribute DOMString URL;
    MediaData captureImage();
    void startVideoCapture();
    MediaData stopVideoCapture();

(The above is modelled on the File API, or at least on discussions around what it should look like).

You'd then go:

navigator.device.viewFinder(function (vf) {
    document.getElementById("my-video").src = vf.URL;

That would give you a viewfinder. You then have some buttons that can call start/stop on the vf object you have squirrelled away somewhere (since the viewfinder was requested, and since one can always capture data from a video element, there is no extra security involved).

Similar stuff can be built for <audio> and sound capture.

Note that I'm not proposing that we add the above to the current draft.

Robin Berjon
  robineko — hired gun, higher standards
Received on Wednesday, 2 December 2009 11:54:12 UTC

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