[whatwg] Installed Apps

Jonas Sicking jonas at sicking.cc
Tue Jul 28 00:02:57 PDT 2009

On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 5:53 PM, Maciej Stachowiak<mjs at apple.com> wrote:
> On Jul 27, 2009, at 6:42 PM, Robert O'Callahan wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 6:50 AM, Michael Davidson <mpd at google.com> wrote:
>>> As mentioned in earlier discussions about persistent workers,
>>> permissioning UI is a major issue.
>> Indeed, the most difficult issue here is security and the permissions UI,
>> which you haven't addressed at all.
>> Currently, when you close a browser tab, the application in that tab is
>> gone. This is a very important user expectation that we can't just break.
> I share this concern. Violating this expectation seems like it could be a
> vector for malware, in a way that a permissions dialog would not
> meaningfully address.

Agreed. As so often, adding powerful features is the easy part, doing
so securely is what's hard.

Google Chrome (and I think other browsers) allow pages to be
"installed" as web applications which run in a separate window. It
would be interesting to look at the UI for that feature. However
installApp allows something even more powerful than that, since it
allows a hidden page that the user can't easily simply close, and so
should probably have an even more restrictive UI.

/ Jonas

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