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Re: CfC to publish NFC API WD under new W3C Process

From: Kis, Zoltan <zoltan.kis@intel.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:25:37 +0200
Message-ID: <CANrNqUfO6MhVYfOyfHXpO79jYG8DzA_aZucOVeV9vkZ8Uy6D8w@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Ezell <David_E3@verifone.com>
Cc: "Bourhis, Jacques" <jacques.bourhis@intel.com>, "public-nfc@w3.org" <public-nfc@w3.org>
Hi David,

In short, the new spec proposal does not attempt to be a full system
API any more, but an API that can be used from web pages, so that the
web security model could be used. This is expected to be easier to
standardize and easier to attract browser implementations.

Expanding a bit, the price for this is that the new proposal
deliberately supports only a part of the functionality usually covered
in NFC implementations.

That does not prevent any platform from implementing e.g. a system
component/app for NFC which would support all NFC Forum and legacy
technologies. We're only saying that at the moment it does not seem
feasible to expose and standardize the full NFC legacy for web pages,
and the security and run-time model for system applications has not
matured enough in SysApps WG to be widely usable. Therefore we need to
re-think the use cases and the API.

The new proposal is far from ready (as we speak, there are github
issues for further clarifying the scope and simplifying the API even
more), but it provides a baseline for the new thinking. Early feedback
from browser makers is good, but likely there is a lot of work ahead.

The CfC basically is for polling interest in rebasing further
development of the spec to this new baseline. Any comments and
alternative ideas are very much welcome.

The old draft will be kept along in github, visible and referenced, as
a low level system API.

Best regards,

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 12:00 AM, David Ezell <David_E3@verifone.com> wrote:
> Hi Jacques:
> Can you explain specifically (and very briefly) how the document is proposed
> to differ from the previous draft?
> Best regards,
> David Ezell
> From: Bourhis, Jacques [mailto:jacques.bourhis@intel.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:32 AM
> To: public-nfc@w3.org
> Subject: CfC to publish NFC API WD under new W3C Process
> Hello,
> This is a CfC to publish a “The Web NFC API” as a WD and to switch this spec
> to the latest version of the W3C Process.  The current Editor’s Draft that
> Zoltan announced in December
> (https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-nfc/2014Dec/0003.html ) will be
> used as the basis of this CfC:
> http://w3c.github.io/nfc/index.html
> The new Process and information about transition are available at:
> http://www.w3.org/2014/Process-20140801/
> https://www.w3.org/wiki/ProcessTransition2014#How_does_a_group_decide_to_publish_under_the_new_Process.3F
> This draft is a complete rewrite of the previous FPWD, motivated by the
> desire to make it usable in Web Browsers.   The WG will need to decide (not
> in this CfC) whether to re-charter or to move this work to a Community Group
> and we hope this draft will make the work more attractive to implementers,
> especially Web Browser implementers.   The draft currently has only one
> implementer and it needs at least two to become a W3C REC, while Community
> Groups do not have that requirement.  To continue the work in a WG,
> attracting other implementers is essential.
> By publishing this WD, the group sends a signal to the community to begin
> reviewing the document. The WD reflects where the WG is on this spec at the
> time of publication; it does not necessarily mean that there is consensus on
> the spec's contents.
> If you have any comments or concerns about this CfC, please reply to this
> e-mail by January 30th (end of next week) at the latest.
> Positive response is preferred and encouraged, and silence will be
> considered as agreement with the proposal.
> Thanks,
> Jacques
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