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Re: offline web apps contacts?

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Date: Fri, 9 May 2008 17:47:59 -0700
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20080510004759.GA16472@pickering.dbaron.org>

On Friday 2008-05-09 23:53 +0000, Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Fri, 9 May 2008, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> > On May 9, 2008, at 9:42 AM, Dan Connolly wrote:
> > > 
> > > Ian, a while ago you wrote...
> > > 
> > > "two separate browser vendors as well as a browser extension developer 
> > > group have independently contacted me requesting support for this _in 
> > > person_, as well as by e-mail and over IRC" -- 
> > > http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007Sep/0445.html
> > > 
> > > At the time I assumed we would hear from those people directly, but I 
> > > don't know whether we have.
> > > 
> > > Who was it that contacted you? Are you free to say?
> > 
> > Apple was one of the browser vendors who requested this. I would guess 
> > the others were Google and Mozilla, based on the features along these 
> > lines in Gears and Firefox 3.
> > 
> > Apple at least has given detailed feedback on this area of the spec
> 
> Apple (or rather, the WebKit team) was indeed one of the browser vendors 
> to contact me. I'll let the other two groups identify themselves if they 
> desire.

Mozilla's proposal for an offline apps API (written by Dave Camp,
Chris Double, Mark Finkle, and others) was one of the initial
proposals in this area, so I suspect Hixie is referring to Mozilla
as the other browser vendor.

Dave Camp and Chris Double implemented this proposal as modified by
some initial discussion on the WHATWG list.  That proposal was one
of two on which what is in the current spec was based, although the
changes between what we initially implemented and what is now in the
spec are quite significant.  Those changes are implemented in
Firefox 3, although a number of new features added were not, so
Firefox 3 will ship with support for significant parts of the
current specification (generally matching the feature set of our
initial proposal).

(I've also talked to Hixie in person about offline a bunch of times,
although I haven't actually been involved in the details.)

-David

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