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Re: skeleton Geolocation API

From: Aaron Boodman <aa@google.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 17:56:48 -0700
Message-ID: <278fd46c0806261756t3d91eaeahaa3605adbb8f4593@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Erik Wilde" <dret@berkeley.edu>
Cc: public-geolocation@w3c.org

On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 5:40 PM, Erik Wilde <dret@berkeley.edu> wrote:
> hello.
> i think this is a good example where a more developed set of requirements
> would help a lot. the current proposal is very much focused on the "mobile
> device with GPS and scripting code needs access to the location fix"
> scenario, which of course is a very important use case. but as i said,
> privacy issues are very crucial in this area (just wait until you have any
> europeans looking at the spec, they usually have a much stronger view of
> privacy). i am trying to look at scenarios that (a) go beyond the
> GPS-to-javascript scenario, and (b) could help to address privacy issues.

I am most interested in providing a way for web applications to get
the current location of the user. I get the impression that this is
what the other UA vendors here are interested in as well, but they
should chime in one way or the other.

Having a URI scheme for location is an interesting concept, but it
does not seem like the simplest way to expose this information.  I
also see no privacy benefit to exposing information this way.

Therefore, I suggest pursuing the idea separately. If successful,
there is no reason the two ideas could not be integrated in some
future version of this spec.

- a
Received on Friday, 27 June 2008 01:00:46 UTC

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