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Re: Web Activities: counter-proposal to Web Intents

From: Jean-Claude Dufourd <jean-claude.dufourd@telecom-paristech.fr>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:29:46 +0200
Message-ID: <4FD7606A.4010705@telecom-paristech.fr>
To: public-webapps@w3.org
On 12/6/12 16:08 , Mounir Lamouri wrote:
> 2. Discovery: some consumers seem to be inclined to use Web Intents to
> discover other services. This is what Bryan Sullivan suggested for the
> Push Notification API. When the Intent is invoked no action would
> actually be taken, instead a URL is returned and then it's up to the
> page to communicate with that URL with the Web Intent API no longer
> involved.
JCD: Web intents does not provide discovery, but more like a directory 
Your proposal also provides registration and a sort of directory service,
even if you do not provide a matching algorithm.
So your proposal is more or less at the same level of functionality than
web intents in this respect.

> 3. Communication: you can use Web Intents to simply create a channel of
> communication between APP A and APP B: you can easily specify which
> service should be used to handle the intent and then, you can
> communicate with it.
JCD: Web Intents also provides some isolation between the client and the 
Are you providing this isolation too ?
If your APP A and B can later establish a communication channel, it 
seems not.
Yet that is a very appealing feature.
Best regards

JC Dufourd
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Traitement du Signal et Images/Signal and Image Processing
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