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Re: Question from IETF's Interenet Architecture Board (IAB) web apps, native apps, web-based apps

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2012 17:04:43 -0400
Message-ID: <4FD268EB.6000903@arcanedomain.com>
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
CC: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>, Hannes Tschofenig <hannes.tschofenig@gmx.net>, "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>

On 6/8/2012 4:44 PM, Larry Masinter wrote:
> AWWW doesn't talk about native applications and the relationships and tradeoffs for security, privacy, monetization, reliability, offline operation, of native apps, web apps, and widgets.

If the proposal is to >include< native applications as being within the 
architecture, I have some doubts. If the proposal is to have the TAG 
explain, perhaps by extending AWWW, how applications can be built using Web 
technology, I think that's definitely in scope. I note that about 3 years 
ago we went as far as creating and debating [1] the possible outline [2] 
for the resulting publication(s). I think we decided that going top down 
seemed to put us on a 10 year path to completion, and so we decided to 
start by picking certain high value pieces, including application state, 
and now perhaps storage.

Whether or not we extend AWWW in such a comprehensive way to include 
applications, I think it may well be appropriate for the TAG to compare the 
pros and cons of native vs. Web apps, to help the W3C and community 
understand where there are gaps in the capabilities of Web apps that lead 
people toward using native, and thus help to maximize the impact of Web 
technologies. I don't think I want to create the appearance that native 
applications are part of the larger Web architecture, except insofar as 
somee do link to, and/or publish information using Web technologies such as 
URIs and HTTP (as many in fact do).

Noah

[1] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/2009/12/08-agenda#Applicatio
[2] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/2009/09/webAppsTOC-20090921
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