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Re: New Spec - Web Share API

From: Michaela Merz <michaela.merz@rollofone.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2019 12:06:01 -0500
To: public-webapps@w3.org
Message-ID: <0962bb77-e383-242f-c227-ff048a2dd06b@rollofone.com>
With iOS finally supporting the download attribute, sharing simple
things from web to native isn't that much of an issue anymore. Any kind
of download usually triggers a native interface allowing the user to
decide what to do, based on the MIME-type of the data (can't wait for
iOS 13 to go public) :D - Links can be auto-copied and pasted wherever
the user wants or trigger some default action on click anyway. So - the
usefulness of the web-share as is today - is limited.  

Thank you Anders for pushing the webApp philosophy even years back.


On 8/7/19 2:20 AM, Anders Rundgren wrote:
> On 2019-08-07 07:39, Marcos Caceres wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> We are happy to announce that we've adopted the Web Share API from
>> the WICG, as per our Charter: The spec "defines an API for sharing
>> text, links and other content to an arbitrary destination of the
>> user's choice."
>> Currently implemented in Chrome (Android), Safari (iOS and Desktop),
>> and Firefox is working on a prototype implementation.
>> If you'd like to be involved in the standardization process, please
>> join the discussion at:
>> https://github.com/w3c/web-share/
>> We hope to publish a FPWD soon. The spec is viewable at:
>> https://w3c.github.io/web-share/
> There are virtually tons of Web-2-Native applications which through
> pretty unsane tricks accomplish bi-directional communication; Web
> Share does not seem to change that.
> It's a pity that social media oriented features have gotten precedence
> over regular programming needs.
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2015Apr/0053.html
> FWIW, I'm currently in the very early phases of exploring a potential
> "loophole" in the W3C/Google Web API strategy for coping with this
> requirement which several people have expressed interest in.  If the
> experiment succeeds I will post the result in this list.
> thanx,
> Anders
>> There are a number of additional features being proposed that the
>> Editors would really like feedback on, in particular:
>>   * sharing a `File`.
>>   * sharing feature detection, via canShare().
>> Big shout out to Matt Giuca and the folks at Google for doing an
>> amazing job shepherding this spec through the WICG incubation
>> process, including producing a great set of Web Platform Tests.
>> Looking forward to a speedy standardization!
>> Marcos
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