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Re: Updated charter proposal

From: Erik Kay <erikkay@google.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:56:50 -0700
Message-ID: <CA+bn54Cha1bLWSB_A=sAjQft4-+5ZnZmnWAVv-LuDu7tuqa8kA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com>
Cc: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>, Mounir Lamouri <mounir@lamouri.fr>, public-sysapps@w3.org
On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 10:39 AM, Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM, Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com> wrote:
> > Hi Mounir,
> >
> > On Jun 4, 2012, at 15:37 , Mounir Lamouri wrote:
> >> When working on the Alarm API and other APIs (like Push Notification
> >> API), Jonas and I realized that we probably need an API that would start
> >> web apps when needed. For example, with the Alarm API, to make sure an
> >> alarm isn't missed, the app should be started when the application isn't
> >> running; with Web Intents, we might need something similar when the user
> >> picks an application that isn't running yet.
> >> It appears that using DOM events for that isn't working very well
> >> because the developer will have to know when the event will be sent
> >> during the startup process which isn't easy to define.
> >>
> >> More information about this API here:
> >>
> https://groups.google.com/group/mozilla.dev.webapi/browse_thread/thread/a3c6e4c31d04b663/
> >
> > What you describe fits rather comfortably I believe under the
> "Application API" in the charter. It can launch apps and talk to them.
> Making it possible for system apps to handle intents when registered for
> them is definitely part of the idea behind it.
> Yeah, I figured it would either end up as a mechanism for implementing
> the use cases for the Alarm API or the Applications API.  In
> principle, we should be describing the deliverables in terms of the
> use cases they address rather than the mechanisms they use to address
> them.

I mentioned this on another thread, but I also think that it's possible
that this will be handled under the execution environment rather than as a
specific API.  It seems likely that it's deeply tied into application
startup, lifetime, etc.  As has been mentioned, this underlying capability
seems to be needed for a number of disparate APIs (alarm, push, intents,

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