[whatwg] Notification API

Robert O'Callahan robert at ocallahan.org
Wed Feb 3 12:27:25 PST 2010

On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 6:17 AM, John Gregg <johnnyg at google.com> wrote:

> The Webapps WG is working on a spec for a Web Notification API.  You can
> see the current draft at
> http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/WebNotifications/publish/, and I would
> suggest sending comments to the public-webapps mailing list.
> That spec attempts to address the icon+title+text use case, and allows a
> user agent to use a third party presentation system as long as that system
> can notify of notifications being acknowledged, but also allows HTML as an
> option if the device supports it.
> I disagree with the claim that HTML notifications are overkill as long as
> they can be done securely, it opens up a lot of benefit to have dynamic &
> interactive notifications.  Even for the simple case of Calendar reminders
> which might have multiple forms of acknowledgement: snooze for N minutes (a
> <select> would be nice), or dismiss.

If the underlying platform notification system (e.g. Growl or
libnotification) doesn't support that functionality, how should the UA

I suppose the UA could distinguish between notifications that can be
supported by the platform and those that can't, and use the platform
notification system when possible, otherwise fall back to its own
notifications, but that could be a jarring user experience.

"He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are
healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his
own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." [Isaiah
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