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From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 20:04:59 +0200
Message-Id: <36CB1E9B-225C-44E7-A265-221E4447BD4E@bblfish.net>
Cc: Tim Ermilov <ermilov@codezen.ru>
To: WebID XG <public-xg-webid@w3.org>, Read-Write-Web <public-rww@w3.org>, foaf-protocols@lists.foaf-project.org
While playing with the very cool Foaf-browser Android application [1], I noticed that there are a couple of things that we need to standardise to make that type of application seamless.  

As it requires having an Android phone which not everyone may have, I put together a little video of the Foaf-browser here


where I also go into detail in some of the things that need to be improved, as I show how it works.


In order to allow seamless startup, there has to be a way for a user once he has installed the browser to find his home page. 

We discussed this yesterday on the WebID-XG incubator group meeting with Tim. 

a. getting to the home page
Clearly getting to the home page of the user is going to be important. That will require him to either:

 - know his profile url
 - the company he is with to have implemented something like web finger, so that one could just ask him for his email address
 - ..

We seem to have a few protocols to help here. What clearly was missing was the keygen equivalent for an application like that.

b. keygen form pointer

 We need  some way to get the equivalent of a keygen form in rdf. Then a non html browser could know where it needs to send an html POST of a keygen like response. Any ideas how to do this? 


I suppose the RW community group have some idea of what is needed to allow such a tool to become an editor.


[1] http://code.google.com/p/mssw/wiki/Screenshots

You can run it in a emulator - very slow btw, but if you don't want to buy a phone it saves money.  Here is what I learned looking at it: The running stable release of the Address Book is


The emulator can be found here:


Once installed the tools/android  tool allows starts a GUI which allows one to create a virtual device. Perhaps one first has to install android 2.3.3 which is more like a phone, and create a virtual device for that. Then can launch the device. One installs the app on the virtual phone using once it is running

../platform-tools/adb install mssw-0.9.6-stable.apk 

(there may be a GUI way of doing that)

[2] this is true for creating WebIDs, for loving in and so on....

Social Web Architect
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