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Re: Using webintents to enable HTML+JS plugins

From: Dominic Cooney <dominicc@chromium.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:23:03 +0900
Message-ID: <CAHnmYQ8ZXSF97ywT2rj7Mujz+9n-Gww8KP4+et+VWvuL5yke1g@mail.gmail.com>
To: Darin Fisher <darin@chromium.org>
Cc: public-web-intents@w3.org
On Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 9:57 AM, Darin Fisher <darin@chromium.org> wrote:

> Crazy idea alert!
> Assuming we invent an intent to handle a mime type (the View intent), then
> I could imagine
> it opening up the possibility to not only support explicitly started
> activities to handle a
> particular mime type, but also the incidental encountering of mime types
> (<iframe>) or the
> explicit embedding of a plugin to handle a mime type (<embed>/<object>).
> Traditionally, browser invoke plugins to handle non-built-in mime types.
>  It seems
> WebIntents could enable HTML+JS to be used to do the same.

In general I like this idea, since presumably a HTML+JS+etc. "plug-in" can
be sandboxed effectively.

>  I'm sure there are plenty
> of details to work out about how an <embed> tag would magically have HTML
> content
> loaded beneath it, etc.

I guess this part is outside the scope of Intents.

In places the difference between Intents and plug-ins might work against
you: The multiple-provider mechanism in Intents is different to traditional
plug-ins, where there is one provider for a given MIME type. <embed> etc.
are not necessarily in response to a user action—is the thinking that
intent initiation should be in response to a user gesture?

> There's also details about how the "document data stream" would be
> surfaced to the content.
> One could imagine using Blob or some other streaming mechanism.

Is the idea here that the Blob is virtualized over the stream?

> Crazy idea?
> -Darin
Received on Monday, 19 December 2011 10:37:02 UTC

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