Re: Anssi Kostiainen appointed chair of the Device and Sensors Working Group; Frederick Hirsch steps down

Hi Anssi,

Congratulations on your appointment.

Please allow me to take the opportunity to reason with you to de-scope the
redundant and duplicitous GeolocationSensor from this group and from the

There has been no added value specified here that could justify the
confusion of a pluralistic Geolocation API. In fact the sensor
specification with surface only a subset of the GeoLocation functionality
specified here and implemented

While Ultimate Web App developers crave useful additional features, such as
background geolocation, precious time and resources are being squandered on
this vanity for no obvious nor compelling reason.


Richard Maher

From: Kostiainen, Anssi <>

Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:18:53 +0000

To: Dominique Hazael-Massieux <>

CC: W3C Device APIs WG <>

Hi All,

I'm very pleased to join Dom in thanking Frederick for the leadership he
has provided to this group since its inception. Under Frederick's watch the
group has transformed itself couple of times and made tangible impact to
the web platform.

I'm thrilled to take over chairing from Frederick who has been taking good
care of the group to allow me to start my tenure from a position of
strength. The group is currently specifying a very exciting set of
technologies and we see these specifications materialize as implementations
faster than ever in the history of this group.

I look forward to expanding the group's participation and further
broadening the adoption of technologies developed by this amazing group of
enthusiastic professionals.


-Anssi (Device and Sensors WG Chair)

Received on Sunday, 1 October 2017 04:24:12 UTC