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Re: Web Widgets, Where Art Thou?

From: <piranna@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:02:20 +0200
Message-ID: <CAKfGGh3ZBCgs0ugpr28uhE8YHzsK_YP-N8j-hojWi5dxQ48pig@mail.gmail.com>
To: Daniel Buchner <daniel@mozilla.com>
Cc: public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
I always found Widgets (in the MacOS X Dashboard way) as a sort of
self-contained web apps... :-)

2013/7/19 Daniel Buchner <daniel@mozilla.com>:
> As some of you are aware, a widget spec or two
> (http://www.w3.org/TR/2012/PR-widgets-apis-20120522/) have been floating
> around for a while. These were never widely adopted for various reasons -
> not the least of which was their complexity.
> Well, hold on to your shorts folks: I would like to rekindle the idea of web
> widgets, but with an eye toward simplicity that builds on open web app
> concepts and mechanism.
> My proposal is simple:
> Widgets are just an alternate (or even the same) app 'launch_path' a
> developer would declared under a 'widget' key in their existing App
> Manifest. The UA would launch this URL in whatever widget UI containers it
> creates, for example: squares on a New Tab, a floating panel, etc., and add
> a few things to the document context - namely: an imperative means for
> detecting the document is being displayed in a widget state, and a new media
> query type 'widget' for styling (especially helpful if the developers
> chooses to use a single origin for their app and widget)
> What this allows for:
> - Let's us utilize the existing declaration and installation mechanisms for
> web apps (which is the same place widgets are already declared in today's
> common native app packages)
> - Provides a great new variant of content for all UAs who already are
> implementing apps
> - Delivers huge user benefit at a relatively low cost
> "Stupid-Simple Web Widgets: great idea, or greatest idea?...I'm gonna put
> you down for great."
> -----
> PS - If the word 'widget' makes you feel dirty and sad-faced (which it
> shouldn't, as Android proved and iOS concurred), let's just imagine we're
> talking about the W3 Web Dingus spec for now and focus on the user value
> proposition ;)

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