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RE: Hanging the APIs off navigator.device

From: Suresh Chitturi <schitturi@rim.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 12:16:00 -0500
Message-ID: <B35D8F122C08BC43BBA1D02713D2BB5D089495C5@XCH69YKF.rim.net>
To: "Robin Berjon" <robin@robineko.com>, <richard.tibbett@orange-ftgroup.com>
Cc: <public-device-apis@w3.org>
Hi Robin, all,

I am in favor of 1).
It is distinct, elegant, zero risk for conflict and "device" interface
is something we can take ownership of without much involvement from HTML


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From: public-device-apis-request@w3.org
[mailto:public-device-apis-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Robin Berjon
Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 10:30 AM
To: <richard.tibbett@orange-ftgroup.com>
Cc: public-device-apis@w3.org
Subject: Re: Hanging the APIs off navigator.device


it's time to reheat this issue!

On Dec 15, 2009, at 10:58 , <richard.tibbett@orange-ftgroup.com> wrote:
> Just wondering whether we should settle on a specific approach to
> hanging certain APIs off the navigator.device object.

To summarise what is in existing drafts and has been proposed, we
currently have these abstract variations:

1. Service object, simple method, inside device

2. Prefixed method, directly on device

3. Generic unprefixed method, directly on device

4. Service object, simple method, directly on navigator

I think we should eliminate option (3) because it doesn't scale (if we
produce a Unicorn spec, since unicorns graze too we'll have painted us
into a corner).

The more I think about (2) the less I like it. It makes for a huge
device object that doesn't really make much sense as a whole.

So I guess the question is how much we mind polluting navigator :)
Personally, I don't mind much because it's not a space in which authors
normally put stuff so the risks should be low. The downside is that we
don't own navigator (the HTML WG does) but I guess we can ask for their

So I'm going to go with (4), i.e. Doug's proposal which Max already
indicated support for.

Any other opinions? One reason I'm asking is because once we get our
first API out we'll also have to release the Core Device Interfaces, and
they depend directly on this decision (I can make the change really
quickly whichever option is chosen).

Robin Berjon
  robineko - hired gun, higher standards

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