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Re: Hanging the APIs off navigator.device

From: Stewart Brodie <stewart.brodie@antplc.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 17:27:08 +0000
To: "public-device-apis@w3.org" <public-device-apis@w3.org>
CC: Robin Berjon <robin@robineko.com>
Message-ID: <c57bc5bece821d9daf484c93914edb81c4d25df9@localhost>
Suresh Chitturi <schitturi@rim.com> wrote:

> 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
> WG.

I also think (1) is best.


> -----Original Message-----
> 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
> 
> Hi,
> 
> 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
>   navigator.device.dahut.graze()
> 
> 2. Prefixed method, directly on device
>   navigator.device.dahutGraze()
> 
> 3. Generic unprefixed method, directly on device
>   navigator.device.graze()
> 
> 4. Service object, simple method, directly on navigator
>   navigator.dahut.graze()
> 
> 
> 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
> review.
> 
> 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
>   http://robineko.com/
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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Stewart Brodie
Team Leader - ANT Galio Browser
ANT Software Limited
Received on Wednesday, 6 January 2010 17:27:42 UTC

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