W3C

Mobile Web Applications Current Status

This page summarizes the relationships among specifications, whether they are finished standards or drafts. Below, each title links to the most recent version of a document.

Completed Work

W3C Recommendations have been reviewed by W3C Members, by software developers, and by other W3C groups and interested parties, and are endorsed by the Director as Web Standards. Learn more about the W3C Recommendation Track.

Group Notes are not standards and do not have the same level of W3C endorsement.

Standards

2014-03-13

Metadata API for Media Resources 1.0

This specification defines a client-side API to access metadata information related to media resources on the Web.

2013-10-24

Geolocation API Specification

This specification defines an API that provides Web pages scripted access to geographical location information associated with the hosting device.

2010-12-14

Mobile Web Application Best Practices

This document specifies best practices for the development and delivery of Web applications on mobile devices.

Group Notes

2011-03-17

Device API Access Control Use Cases and Requirements

This document defines requirements for controlling access to device APIs, illustrated by corresponding use cases.

2010-06-29

Device API Privacy Requirements

This document provides definitions, use cases, and requirements for making device APIs more privacy-friendly.

2009-10-15

Device APIs Requirements

These are the requirements intended to be met in the development of client-side APIs that enable the creation of Web Applications and Web Widgets that interact with devices services such as Calendar, Contacts, Camera, etc.

2008-05-30

Offline Web Applications

Offline Web Applications highlights the features in HTML 5 that address the challenge of building Web applications that work while offline.

Drafts

Below are draft documents: Candidate Recommendations, Last Call Drafts, other Working Drafts . Some of these may become Web Standards through the W3C Recommendation Track process. Others may be published as Group Notes or become obsolete specifications.

Candidate Recommendations

2014-09-09

HTML Media Capture

This specification defines HTML form enhancements that provide access to the audio, image and video capture capabilities of the device.

2013-07-04

Indexed Database API

This document defines APIs for a database of records holding simple values and hierarchical objects.

2012-09-20

The WebSocket API

This specification defines an API that enables Web pages to use the Web Sockets protocol for two-way communication with a remote host.

2012-05-01

Web Workers

This specification defines an API that allows Web application authors to spawn background workers running scripts in parallel to their main page. This allows for thread-like operation with message-passing as the coordination mechanism.

Last Call Drafts

2013-09-12

File API

This specification provides an API for representing file objects in web applications, as well as programmatically selecting them and accessing their data.

2011-12-01

Geolocation API Specification Level 2

This specification adds the ability to retrieve a civic address, rather than coordinates, to the Geolocation API.

Other Working Drafts

2014-06-26

IndieUI: User Context 1.0

Defines a set of preferences that users can choose to expose to web applications, and an API for user agents to access the preferences and listen for changes. Web applications can use this information to optimize the presentation without a requirement to target a specific device, operating system, or locale.

2014-05-08

Service Workers

This specification enables applications to take advantage of persistent background processing, including hooks to enable bootstrapping of Web applications while offline.

2014-01-30

XMLHttpRequest Level 1

The XMLHttpRequest specification defines an API that provides scripted client functionality for transferring data between a client and a server, one of the core components of “AJAX”.

2013-03-07

Contacts Manager API

A system level API for managing the user's contacts that are stored in the system's address book.

2012-03-06

MediaStream Capture Scenarios

This document collates the scenarios that are target use cases for the Media Capture API that enables access to media input capabilities for Web applications using Javascript.

2010-10-05

Permissions for Device API Access

This document identifies the permissions that are needed to use specific client-side APIs which grant access to sensitive data and operations.

Obsolete Specifications

These specifications have either been superseded by others, or have been abandoned. They remain available for archival purposes, but are not intended to be used.

Retired

2014-01-14

Pick Contacts Intent

This specification defines an API that provides access to a user’s unified address book.

2014-01-14

The Messaging API

This specification defines an API that provides access to messaging functionality in the device, including SMS, MMS and email.

2014-01-14

The System Information API

This specification defines an API to provide Web applications with access to various hardware properties of the system which they are running on, including battery status, current network bandwidth.

2011-03-29

Programmable HTTP Caching and Serving

This document defines APIs for off-line serving of requests to HTTP resources using static and dynamic responses. It extends the function of application caches defined in HTML5.