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[whatwg] Bluetooth

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2010 01:17:37 +1100
Message-ID: <AANLkTim=KBF_NrLRvuGZnfqYxPk+1VALbccguu+LEDzr@mail.gmail.com>
IMO it's not so much about how the device is connected, but rather
what the device is: e.g. if it's a storage device then it should come
up as a storage device and not as a USB or FW device - the latter
doesn't really say what its use is.

It would be more interesting to hear more about what uses we are
seeing for the <device> element about what external devices it should
support than about what types of ports external devices should be able
to be hooked up through.

I can, e.g. think of input devices such as microphone, scanner,
camera, and output devices such as headphones/speakers (no need to
distinguish, probably), external displays, storage.

There probably are two dimensions to think about: is it an
input/output device, and what type of data does it provide/take.
Possibly also what format that data comes in/is given in.


On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 1:05 AM, Diogo Resende <dresende at thinkdigital.pt> wrote:
> What about having the possibility to "use" a device other than a video?
> Maybe a specific hardware. I agree about not having a distinction on the
> hardware stack being used, but there should be a way for an app to be
> able to access an USBx/BT/FW device.
> --
> Diogo
> On Wed, 2010-12-01 at 22:16 +1100, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
>> On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 9:52 PM, Anne van Kesteren <annevk at opera.com> wrote:
>> > On Wed, 01 Dec 2010 06:37:09 +0100, Saurabh Jain <saurabh at skjworld.com>
>> > wrote:
>> >>
>> >> We need access to Bluetooth ?devices using the Device element.
>> >> Without Bluetooth access some of the use cases, specially in the mobile
>> >> device domain would not be achievable.
>> >
>> > I think the question is why does it matter they are connected via Bluetooth?
>> > Should we really have a USB/Bluetooh/Firewire/etc. distinction at the web
>> > platform level? That seems like a bad thing.
>> I agree. The Web developer should not have to worry about how the user
>> connects the device to their system. They should just be able to say:
>> give me the video (or audio or whatever) data from an appropriate
>> device. The type of data matters much more than the way in which it is
>> connected.
>> Silvia.
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