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Re: Pre-LC Review Requested: System Information API

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Wed, 5 May 2010 11:13:18 -0700
Message-ID: <s2o63df84f1005051113wc926454fxad592de02ce26011@mail.gmail.com>
To: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
Cc: WebApps WG <public-webapps@w3.org>, public-device-apis@w3.org
Oh, I should add the usual disclaimer:

Thisismyopinionandnottheofficialpositionofmozilla.Theregenerallyisn'tsuchathingasanofficialmozillapositiongivenhowdiverseourprojectis.Allopinionsexpressedinthisemailislikelytochangeatthedropofahatespeciallyifyoubribemewithcookies.VoidwhereprohibitedincludingbutnotlimitedtothestateofMaineAlaskaandtheDistrictofColmbia.

/ Jonas

On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc> wrote:
> First of all, I should note that I don't expect that mozilla will implement
> this spec anytime soon, if at all. The user value / privacy risk ratio is
> simply too low.
>
> If we do implement it, we would have to agressively deny all requests until
> the user had taken the first step and actively asked to share some
> information. Not just passively agreed to share it.
>
> That said, I'd recommend removing the language about what the receptient of
> data information should do with it. I wouldn't want anyone (e.g. spec
> writers or implementors) to think that that language actually makes a
> difference.
>
> / Jonas
>
> On May 5, 2010 8:24 AM, "Robin Berjon" <robin@berjon.com> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> as part of its work the DAP WG has been developing a System Information API.
> The abstract describes it thus:
>
> """
> This specification defines an API to provide Web applications with access to
> various properties of the system which they are running on. Specifically,
> properties pertaining to the device hardware are addressed. Examples include
> battery status, current network bandwidth. Additionally, some of those
> properties offer access to the environment around the device, such as
> ambient brightness or atmospheric pressure.
> """
>
> We are looking at pushing that document into Last Call soon, if all goes
> well in two weeks' time. In order to help things go smoothly, if you have an
> interest in this simply take a good look at it and send us any feedback that
> you may have.
>
> You can read the current Editor's Draft at:
>
>  http://dev.w3.org/2009/dap/system-info/
>
> One specific question that we have is whether maxZoomFactor is enough (with
> the assumed minimal factor of 1) or whether there are cases in which zoom
> factors below 1 or (Eris forbid) below 0 are ever used (perhaps for wide
> angle shots). But of course, all topic are open.
>
> Thanks a lot for any input!
>
> --
> Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/
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