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Updated plans for face to face meeting, and results of questionnaire

From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2014 16:00:33 +0100
Message-ID: <537E1111.7000107@w3.org>
To: public-sysapps@w3.org
First of all, sorry for the delay with the details of the proposed 
meeting on the trust/permissions for web applications and work items for 
a rechartered SysApps working group.

Given the delays Wonsuk Lee and I are now looking at the beginning of 
September,  either 2nd or 3rd, or 3rd and 4th, as Wonsuk is on vacation 
the following week. Would these work for you?  Wonsuk would prefer the 
meeting to take place in Europe since this is where most of the current 
SysApps participants are located. We are now looking for a host for a 
venue within easy reach of a major airport.

As a reminder, the focus of the meeting would be on discussing the 
trust/permissions model for access to extended capabilities for the Open 
Web Platform, and to discuss proposals for work items for the rechartering.

Many thanks for responding to the questionnaire.  There was strong 
support for each of the following:

    a) web apps need access to more advanced capabilities and features 
than they currently have
    b) users should have control over the capabilities available to 
apps, along with the means to revoke these rights
    c) asking the user for permission at the time of use is promising, 
although not appropriate for all capabilities
    d) asking the user for consent up front when the app is "installed" 
or first run is also of value
    e) app manifests should be one of the preconditions for apps to gain 
access to richer capabilities

There was weak interest in the potential for digital signatures as part 
of attestation for hosted apps on the Open Web Platform. We didn't get 
many suggestions on ideas for future work other than for Bluetooth 
profiles support, and for continued work on the trust/permissions model 
as an extension of existing practice on the Open Web Platform.

Here are the numbers for which APIs people have plans to implement, and 
which APIs people would like to see widely deployed. The third number is 
the sum of the previous two and gives a broader feel for the level of 
interest:

App URI                4    5    9
TCP UDP Sockets        4    4    8
Task Scheduler         2    5    7
Bluetooth              3    4    7
Media Storage          3    4    7
Network Interface      4    3    7
App Lifecycle          3    3    6

Contacts               2    3    5
Data Store             2    2    4
Device Capabilities    2    2    4
Idle                   2    2    4
Secure Elements        2    1    3

Calendar               1    1    2
System Settings        1    1    2
Messaging              1    -    1
Telephony              1    -    1

We would be likely to drop the bottom group of specifications as they 
wouldn't be able to satisfy W3C's criteria for exiting the Candidate 
Recommendation phase.  The middle group are at risk, but the top group 
have strong support. The general idea is to identify capabilities that 
would have broad appeal to web developers as part of the Open Web 
Platform.  In principle, there could be new capabilities beyond those 
listed above and these could come from new participants to the working 
group, however, rechartering with a modest scope would seem like a good 
plan.

Many thanks for your help, and please get in touch if you would be 
interested in hosting the meeting.

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   Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org> http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett
Received on Thursday, 22 May 2014 15:01:04 UTC

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