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Re: [Permissions] Notification on Device API Access

From: Alexandre Morgaut <Alexandre.Morgaut@4d.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:42:11 +0200
To: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>
CC: Tobie Langel <tobie@fb.com>, "public-device-apis@w3.org" <public-device-apis@w3.org>
Message-ID: <BA7CB57B-4C7D-4F22-BFC2-6EEEA5F0D02B@4d.com>

On 3 juin 2013, at 10:43, Robin Berjon wrote:

> I agree that it's a reasonable thing to expect from an implementation.
> But the problem is that with such a document you enter UI
> specifications. And implementers tend to ignore those.

Well, in my initial mail I agree that I talked about a checkbox or multiple buttons.
Those had to be taken as UI examples to provide the option, that's why I was less explicit in the second mail.
So I don't mind if implementors find any other way to propose it as long as such options are proposed.

> There have been
> attempts to write such documents, notably for situations where it could
> really be important to have some user-visible interoperability (notably
> for security-related UI, such as telling the user that she is navigating
> an HTTPS site) but they have all failed.

I have another HTTP Authentication related concern I'd love to bring back too
But I know it may not be easy neither

> So before jumping into writing anything, it's well worth making sure
> that the resulting document will actually be useful, read, applied, etc.


> I guess the important question is: what do you hope to make happen with
> such a document that implementers wouldn't already do because they care
> about the experience that their users have?

My hope:
- is better privacy protection for the user
- better adoption of the app for the developer, as user could be less afraid

But this hope does not belong to a specific format of document as long as most implementors take the concern into account.
W3C working groups seemed to be a good start to me for such discussion as most browser vendors participate to those.
I may publish a bug on each browser vendor issue tracker but what if a new one comes in, more specifically a business specific one we may not be aware of... A reference document may help, and, unless governments provide one of their own regarding privacy issue, the W3C might help in this area.

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