Near Field Communication (NFC) is an international standard (ISO/IEC 18092) that specifies an interface and protocol for simple wireless interconnection of closely coupled devices operating at 13.56 MHz (see http://members.nfc-forum.org/specs/spec_list/). There are three groups of application scenarios for NFC:

NFC enables wireless communication between two devices at close proximity, usually less than a few centimeters.

Status of This Document

Beware. This specification is no longer in active maintenance and the Near Field Communications Working Group does not intend to maintain it further.

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This document has been published as a Working Group Note to reflect the fact that the Near Field Communications Working Group is no longer progressing it along the W3C Recommendation Track. A record of discussion relating to this specification can be found in the Near Field Communications Working Group's email archive. The email list was public-nfc@w3.org.

The Near Field Communications Working Group was chartered to produce a specification that will be designed to permit execution in the Web browser context, and otherwise to conform to the execution and security model defined by the System Applications Working Group. Specifically, the API that was worked on in the group did not adhere to the Web's security model. The final Editor's Draft updated on 20 October 2014 Editor's Draft reflects this direction and available online.

Note that there is the Web NFC Community Group that works on a Web-based NFC API specification for Web Browsers.

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This document is governed by the 1 August 2014 W3C Process Document.