DeviceOrientation Event Specification

W3C Working Group Note

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Rich Tibbett, Opera Software ASA
Tim Volodine, Google, Inc
Steve Block, Google, Inc (until July 2012)
Andrei Popescu, Google, Inc (until July 2012)


This specification defines several new DOM events that provide information about the physical orientation and motion of a hosting device.

Status of This Document

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

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at https://www.w3.org/TR/.

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

There are no changes from the previous Candidate Recommendation.

The Geolocation Working Group was chartered to define a secure and privacy-sensitive interface for using client-side location information in location-aware Web applications. The group published an update to the Geolocation API specification as a Recommendation. However, the work on the DeviceOrientation Event Specification did not complete due to unresolved issues related to security and privacy. We believe this work would benefit from increased participation and alignment with the work of the Device and Sensors Working Group. As such, we are looking at getting the specification adopted by that Working Group. Further maintenance around the Geolocation documents is expected to happen with the Device and Sensors Working Group.

Publication as a Working Group Note does not imply endorsement by the W3C Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite this document as other than work in progress.

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This document is governed by the 1 March 2017 W3C Process Document.