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Re: Intended usage notification

From: Greg Bolsinga <bolsinga@apple.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2009 15:39:34 -0700
Cc: Andrei Popescu <andreip@google.com>, "Thomson, Martin" <Martin.Thomson@andrew.com>, Alissa Cooper <acooper@cdt.org>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Doug Turner <doug.turner@gmail.com>, public-geolocation@w3.org
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To: Nick Doty <npdoty@ischool.berkeley.edu>
On Apr 12, 2009, at 3:23 PM, Nick Doty wrote:

> Hmm, wouldn't it be pretty tacky for users to have to click through  
> a generic Javascript alert in order to make sure they had contextual  
> information for the separate dialogue for revealing location  
> information?

That's subjective. But the developer can create an entire web page  
that explains things before it uses GeoLocation.

> I think we have an opportunity to make it easy for web site  
> designers to do the right thing and disclose this information in a  
> standardized way.  If we rely on each web site designer going out of  
> their way to accomplish this (with a Javascript alert or varying  
> levels of conspicuous disclosure), I fear that we'll end up  in a  
> situation where most users are making the decision whether or not to  
> disclose their location without knowing the relevant information,  
> beyond the URI.  In other words, I'd like to solve the problem for  
> everyone, not just for me.

IMHO, all this API is about is getting the location. It's not about UI  
for this feature. That's properly left up to the UA and the code on  
the sites using the API.

My 2 cents,
-- Greg
Received on Sunday, 12 April 2009 22:40:38 GMT

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