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Re: Thoughts on Native Payments

From: Adam Roach <abr@mozilla.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:04:49 -0500
To: Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren.net@gmail.com>, "Michael[tm] Smith" <mike@w3.org>
Cc: Web Payments Working Group <public-payments-wg@w3.org>, Florian Rivoal <florian@rivoal.net>
Message-ID: <a1ca2edc-a9e8-e197-8229-93e1b08637cd@mozilla.com>
On 7/6/16 00:19, Anders Rundgren wrote:
> Although constraining native applications to the Web Payment API may 
> be simpler (?),
> I wouldn't take that path.

Are you proposing that merchant websites would use one kind of API to 
use web-based payment apps, and a completely different one for native 
payment apps? That seems profoundly inelegant. Merchant sites shouldn't 
have to worry about the underlying technology being used to provide 
payments to them any more than is necessary.

> Below is a enhanced variant of native messaging which is "liberated" from
> the generic browser extension scheme... 

This approach raises a number of issues that I suspect will either be 
showstoppers, or take a fairly long time to unwind. There has been a 
concerted push to wind down content-available bridge technologies, like 
NPAPI, and I doubt that introduction of a new one at this point would be 
received with much enthusiasm.

Adam Roach
Principal Platform Engineer
Office of the CTO
Received on Wednesday, 6 July 2016 16:05:30 UTC

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