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Re: WebApp installation via the browser

From: Daniel Appelquist <Daniel.Appelquist@telefonica.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 07:59:23 +0000
To: "public-webapps@w3.org" <public-webapps@w3.org>
CC: "noloader@gmail.com" <noloader@gmail.com>, Jonas Sicking <sicking@mozilla.com>, "<brendan@mozilla.org>" <brendan@mozilla.org>
Message-ID: <6F795DD0-0758-4FEF-83CC-88A3EA74DBD9@telefonica.com>

> On 31 May 2014, at 04:03, "Brendan Eich" <brendan@mozilla.org> wrote:
>
> Jeffrey Walton wrote:
>>> On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 9:04 PM, Brendan Eich<brendan@mozilla.org>  wrote:
>>> Jeffrey Walton wrote:
>>>> Are there any platforms providing the feature? Has the feature gained
>>>> any traction among the platform vendors?
>>> Firefox OS wants this.
>> Thanks Brendan.
>>
>> As a second related question, is an Installable WebApp considered a
>> side-loaded app?
>
> Sicking can answer with more authority, but side-loaded or downloaded, so long as the user installs it, no difference.
>
> /be
>

A good example of this on FirefoxOS is the (beta) version of the Financial Times WebApp. http://app.ft.com It makes use of the installation API[1] to prompt the user to "install" it if it is not already installed - this is the intended user experience, as a contrast to the "install our app!" interruptive experience on other platforms (has been called "door slam").  The more webbish way is to enable webapps to install themselves on user request - which is what I believe we are trying to enable via the manifest file work. Considering standardization of the installation API may also be worth while.

Dan
1. https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Apps/Build/JavaScript_API
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