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Re: renaming enableHighAccuracy

From: Doug Turner <doug.turner@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:00:19 -0700
Cc: public-geolocation <public-geolocation@w3.org>
Message-Id: <15CECC53-F366-4878-86F6-7A126721FDFE@gmail.com>
To: Andrei Popescu <andreip@google.com>

On Mar 31, 2009, at 10:53 AM, Andrei Popescu wrote:

> Hi,
> The 'enableHighAccuracy' attribute continues to generate a lot of
> controversy so I'd like to propose renaming it.
> The main reason why it exists is to allow Web developers to say that
> their application works fine with low-accuracy position fixes and,
> therefore, the UA should not bother turning on location providers that
> consume a lot of power. Web developers care about power consumption
> since, on mobile devices especially, this has an impact on how long
> their applications can be used. So how about renaming this attribute
> to "lowPowerOnly" (thanks to Steve Block for the suggestion) ? This
> name is closer to the intended effect: a hint that the implementation
> should make use of only what it considers to be low power providers.
> What is a low power provider is left to the implementation to decide,
> but a reasonable course of action would be to avoid powering up the
> GPS when "lowPowerOnly" attribute is set to true.
> Thanks,
> Andrei
Received on Tuesday, 31 March 2009 18:01:07 UTC

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