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Re: Geolocation API proposal

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2008 15:02:19 -0800
Cc: Aaron Boodman <aa@google.com>, public-webapi@w3.org
Message-Id: <5D519E53-2435-48FA-8935-1FBED43DFAF0@apple.com>
To: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>


On Mar 7, 2008, at 2:38 AM, Doug Schepers wrote:

>
> Hi, Aaron-
>
> Aaron Boodman wrote (on 3/6/08 8:55 PM):
>> I work on Google Gears team. If you're not familiar with what Gears
>> is, you can learn more here: http://code.google.com/apis/gears.
>> We've been working on an API that will allow an application to obtain
>> (with permission) the user's current location. I posted this to the
>> WhatWG mailing list, but it was suggested that this might be a more
>> appropriate place.
>> Anyway, here's our current design:
>> http://code.google.com/p/google-gears/wiki/LocationAPI
>> We think there's a lot of potential for interesting applications with
>> a API like this. Some examples would be recommendations for nearby
>> restaurants, turn by turn directions, or city walking tours.
>> Are there any other vendors interested in implementing something like
>> this? If so, we'd like to work together to come up with a standard.
>> Otherwise, I'll just put this out there for comment for the time
>> being. We'd appreciate any feedback on the design, one way or the
>> other.
>
> This is interesting stuff, and I agree it is very useful to have.
>
> There is already some activity happening in this area, in the  
> Ubiquitous Web Applications Working Group (UWA or UbiWeb). [1]  It's  
> obviously a hot topic, and one I personally hope can be specified  
> and deployed quickly (since we're already about 15 years behind  
> Japan in this stuff ^_^ ).
>
> I think you hit the nail regarding vendors... that's a crucial next  
> step.
>
> I'm happy to facilitate bringing your insight in this area to W3C,  
> and I'm sure we can find the best way to move this forward, and get  
> involvement from other vendors.  Feel free to drop me a line  
> offlist, and I can do a bit more research and point you in the right  
> direction.
>
> [1] http://www.w3.org/2007/uwa/

I am much more interested in Aaron's proposal than in DCCI (comments  
forthcoming).

Regards,
Maciej
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