Pointer Lock is a Candidate Recommendation; First Draft of Manifest for web apps and bookmarks

The Web Applications Working Group published three documents today:

  • A Candidate Recommendation of Pointer Lock, which defines an API that provides scripted access to raw mouse movement data while locking the target of mouse events to a single element and removing the cursor from view. This is an essential input mode for certain classes of applications, especially first person perspective 3D applications and 3D modelling software.
  • A First Public Working Draft of Manifest for web apps and bookmarks, which provides developers with a centralized place to put metadata about a web application. This includes, amongst other things, the ability to specify the name of the web application, links to icons, as well as the preferred URL at which the web application should open when it is launched by the user.
  • A Working Draft of Input Method Editor API, which defines an input method editor (IME) API for Web applications. An IME is an application that allows a standard keyboard (such as a US-101 keyboard) to be used to type characters and symbols that are not directly represented on the keyboard itself. In China, Japan, and Korea, IMEs are used ubiquitously to enable standard keyboards to be employed to type the very large number of characters required for writing in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.