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Re: The Web Browser API Incubation Anti-Pattern

From: Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren.net@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:26:17 +0200
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, Web Payments IG <public-webpayments-ig@w3.org>
Cc: Web Payments Working Group <public-payments-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <56FCD119.3090703@gmail.com>
On 2016-03-31 03:34, Manu Sporny wrote:
> I've just published a blog post regarding the first four months of the
> Web Payments Working Groups somewhat rough operation. It tries to
> analyze what went right and what went wrong with the way we approached
> the creation of the first set of specifications around payments at W3C.
>
> http://manu.sporny.org/2016/browser-api-incubation-antipattern/
>
> We should keep these lessons in mind before we try to launch any more
> Working Groups via the Web Payments Interest Group.


IMO, the Web Payment IG, WG, and CG share a common problem:

A browser is like an operating system which executes potentially very
different applications. Operating system vendors usually try to limit
the footprint of their APIs as much as possible by offering a set of
low-level "primitives" which applications builders can use.

I never saw a discussion which aimed finding such primitives in spite of
this being an area where standardization organizations like W3C excel.

Web Payments rather belong to the application space and there are very
few signs of a genuine interest in standardizing such applications.
Given the field's relative immaturity it is probably way too early as well.

Anders
Received on Thursday, 31 March 2016 07:27:04 UTC

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