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RE: [contacts] Removal of serviceId from API

From: Suresh Chitturi <schitturi@rim.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2010 20:41:55 -0500
Message-ID: <D37CC1B151BD57489F4F89609F168FE805EA4550@XCH01DFW.rim.net>
To: "Rich Tibbett" <rich.tibbett@gmail.com>, "Dominique Hazael-Massieux" <dom@w3.org>
Cc: <public-device-apis@w3.org>

From: Rich Tibbett [mailto:rich.tibbett@gmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2010 4:12 AM
To: Dominique Hazael-Massieux
Cc: Suresh Chitturi; public-device-apis@w3.org
Subject: Re: [contacts] Removal of serviceId from API



I thought I made a strong argument against such an approach, explaining
the issues with including a 'serviceId'-like parameter and the issues
introduced when providing storage-specific contact lists. 


FWIW, I've gone in to a lot of 'implementation this..' and
'implementation that...' rhetoric in my previous emails. I hoped it
would be useful for potential implementers of the spec to understand the
relationship of API <-> implementation <-> user. The short version is:
it's not simply a mapping of incompatibile parameters from different
contacts databases to the web. That wouldn't work for a lot of reasons
we have discussed more than a few times for the past one year, most
notably the potential of fragmenting the web platform. That is a no-go.


SC>> I fail to understand the fragmentation issue on the web here. If
you are referring to the contact properties, then I think it is a
mistake. The serviceId is a level higher than the core contact format
properties and more of a "service-level" field.


However, as I said before, if you have something new to add please let
us know.


Many thanks,




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