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Re: Pre-LC Review Requested: System Information API

From: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
Date: Mon, 17 May 2010 09:49:55 +0200
Cc: public-device-apis@w3.org
Message-Id: <EFDA3CF6-1478-40E8-B340-49F116A2D0A8@berjon.com>
To: Srirang Doddihal <om.brahmana@gmail.com>, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
On May 10, 2010, at 16:08 , Srirang Doddihal wrote:
> What is the motivation for such an API which exposes so many details about the end user? Is there a discussion thread or some document listing the use cases?

To my surprise, when talking to Web developers at conferences and meet-ups this was surprisingly (to me) one of the APIs that they most often cited as being of interest. Use cases that I've heard brought up there include:

  - changing the colour scheme (or possibly black-on-white/white-on-black) based on ambient light
  - offering to save when the power levels become critically low
  - using data from local storage without a network refresh if the connection is mobile
  - not showing any Flash content unless you have 8 4Ghz CPUs and a liquid-oxygen cooling system
  - choosing the number of fps for a canvas animation based on CPU

And several more that I can't recall off the top of my head. I'd be curious to see some of them put to real-world use.

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/
Received on Monday, 17 May 2010 10:32:04 UTC

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