[whatwg] XTech 2007 and web-app access to device GPS [was:Geolocation in the browser]

Ryan Sarver rsarver at skyhookwireless.com
Mon Feb 26 10:53:33 PST 2007


Sounds like a pertinent session -- I'm really looking forward to this
conference now. Do you know who I should contact to see about a BoF
session or something similar around Geolocation?

-----Original Message-----
From: guido.grassel at nokia.com [mailto:guido.grassel at nokia.com] 
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 2:49 AM
To: Ryan Sarver; mike at w3.org
Cc: whatwg at lists.whatwg.org
Subject: RE: [whatwg] XTech 2007 and web-app access to device GPS
[was:Geolocation in the browser]

Mik, Ryan, all,

I agree , this is a topic worth discussing in some form at Xtech (and
why not already start on this list). My Xtech talk [1] provides some
more motivation why controlled access from a Web App to local resources
would be very useful, but also poses a significant thread if the
security is not handled in a technically correct and usable way. 

[1] http://xtech.expectnation.com/event/1/public/schedule/detail/210

- Guido

>-----Original Message-----
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>[mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of ext Ryan Sarver
>Sent: 23 February, 2007 22:10
>To: Michael(tm) Smith
>Cc: whatwg at lists.whatwg.org
>Subject: Re: [whatwg] XTech 2007 and web-app access to device 
>GPS [was:Geolocation in the browser]
>XTech hadn't been on my radar, but after checking it out I 
>will definitely be in attendance. I would be happy to join in 
>on a panel or host a BoF if you think that would help. Let me know
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael(tm) Smith [mailto:mike at w3.org]
>Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 2:41 AM
>To: Ryan Sarver
>Cc: whatwg at lists.whatwg.org
>Subject: XTech 2007 and web-app access to device GPS [was: 
>Geolocation in the browser]
>Ryan Sarver <rsarver at skyhookwireless.com>, 2007-02-21 15:31 -0500:
>> I am the Dir of Product Development at Skyhook Wireless where we have
>> Wi-Fi Positioning System - think GPS, but software-only and uses 
>> Wireless APs instead of satellites. We have been working on 
>> plugin for Firefox that gives a website access to the user's 
>> via javascript. User's can control access to this information at the 
>> domain level in much the same way they control cookies and popups.
>> We have been successful in exposing it through the 
>Javascript DOM and 
>> wanted to start talking with standards bodies about coming up with a 
>> standard implementation to make location-aware browsing common 
>> functionality at the browser level.
>Are you planning to attend XTech 2007 in Paris? I ask because 
>I've had a session on the XTech program that relates in part 
>to enabling web-app access to locating-sensing features on devices:
>  Web-app access to "sensors" on mobile devices, May 15 at 2pm
>  http://xtech.expectnation.com/event/1/public/schedule/detail/195
>It's part of the "Ubiquitous Web Day" that Dave Raggett is 
>chairing there.
>  http://xtech.expectnation.com/event/1/public/schedule/topic/7
>Anyway, I've been really interested in getting related 
>discussion going on some mailing lists prior to that (which is 
>what you've already done here :) and in making the actual 
>session an interactive one with a lot of participation from 
>the audience, and in having as much further discussion around 
>it at the conference as we can manage. I've already been 
>talking with a few others, and I think we can manage to get a 
>good number of interested people to show up, so if you can 
>make it to XTech for that, I think it'll be a good opportunity 
>to start to talk face-to-face with others and share ideas about this.
>  --Mike
>Michael(tm) Smith

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