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As defined in its charter, the mission of the System Applications Working Group is to define a runtime environment, security model, and associated APIs for building Web applications with comparable capabilities to native applications.
Interested in helping to fulfill this mission? See below on how to participate.
The Working Group's deliverables are divided into two phases. In phase 1, the Working Group will focus on the execution and security models, and validating them through work on a small set of specific APIs. This will be used to establish the patterns and conventions that will be used for the remaining deliverables. The Working Group does not need to complete work on all the phase 1 deliverables before starting work on deliverables in phase 2. However, the Working Group should make substantial progress on some of the phase 1 deliverables before working on phase 2 deliverables, at which point it should be possible to do more work in parallel.
Below is the schedule for phase 1 as detailed in the initial Working Group charter. Note: App URI and App Manifest were split off from the Runtime and Security Model.
|Specification||GitHub repository||Internal draft||Public Working draft||Stable draft (Last Call)||Implementors feedback (CR)||Standard (Rec)||Test Suite||Notes|
|Runtime & Security Model||repository||09 May 2013||21 Mar 2013||Q2 2013||Q2 2013|
|App Manifest||repository||16 May 2013||Transferred to WebApps WG on 21 May 2013: repository, editor's draft|
|App URI||repository||13 May 2013||Q1 2013||Q2 2013||Q2 2013|
|Alarm||repository||22 May 2013||05 Feb 2013||Q2 2013||Q2 2014|
|Contacts||repository||08 May 2013||07 Mar 2013||Q2 2013||Q2 2014|
|Messaging||repository||30 Apr 2013||16 May 2013||Q2 2013||Q2 2014|
|Telephony||repository||22 May 2013||Q1 2013||Q2 2013||Q2 2014|
|Raw Sockets||repository||26 Apr 2013||14 May 2013||Q2 2013||Q2 2014|
The following are the Working Group's phase 2 deliverables. The Working Group intends to make significant progress on some of the phase 1 deliverables before working on phase 2.
- Bluetooth API
- A low-level API to interact with the Bluetooth hardware available on some devices. Examples: Tizen Bluetooth, B2G Web Bluetooth.
- Browser API
- An API that provides all the necessary items to build a Web browser that aren't otherwise available. Most notably, this provides all that is needed in order to safely instantiate a viewport onto the open Web, pretend that such a viewport is the top level window even if the browser's chrome is itself written using Web technology, etc. Example: B2G BrowserAPI.
- Calendar API
- An API that enables complete management of the device's calendars. Examples: B2G Calendar, Tizen Calendar.
- Device Capabilities API
- An API that exposes the capabilities available to the device. Example: Tizen System Info.
- Idle API
- An API to be notified when the user is idle. Example: B2G Idle.
- Media Storage API
- An API to manage the device's storage of specific content types (e.g. pictures). Examples: Tizen Media Content, B2G Device Storage.
- Network Interface API
- An API to manipulate network interfaces (mobile, WiFi, etc.), such as listing available networks, current strength, etc., as well as configuring and enabling them. It may build atop the simpler network information API that Device APIs is working on. Potential uses include offloading connections from mobile networks to WiFi, enabling high priority mobile data connections and control of other network features. Examples: B2G Mobile Connection, B2G WiFi Information.
- Secure Elements API
- An API enabling the discovery, introspection, and interaction with hardware tokens (Secure Elements) that offer secure services such as tamper-proof storage, cryptographic operations, etc. Example: Gemalto Secure Elements.
- System Settings API
- An API to manage the system's settings (e.g. time/clock settings, and personal preferences including privacy preferences). Example: B2G Settings.
Our work is subject to the general policies for W3C Groups. We welcome contributions from people outside of the Working Group, and note that we operate under the W3C Patent Policy. See licensing commitments for non-W3C Members.
See the list of current participants.
We host our editor's drafts and issues on GitHub. Snapshots are released as W3C Technical Reports. Our discussions take place via email, and regular face to face meetings (about three a year). We use our wiki to collect use cases, Member contributions, and general information relating to the operation of the Working Group, e.g. our editorial process.
Face to face meetings
The first F2F meeting was held 9-11 April 2013 in Madrid and hosted by Telefonica, see agenda and minutes
Poll to select least inconvenient week for 2nd face to face. The location has yet to be determined.
The 3rd face to face will take place 11-15 November during TPAC 2013 in Shenzhen, China.
This group operates under the W3C Patent Policy - see its Patent Policy status for more details.