[whatwg] Installable web apps

Simpson, Grant Leyton glsimpso at indiana.edu
Tue May 25 10:48:06 PDT 2010

This is what I had assumed. I love the idea.  However, I think installation is a bad metaphor, given that users will have preconceived notions about what installation means, namely that installed apps live on their machine and are under their control (for the most part).

On May 25, 2010, at 10:33 AM, Anne van Kesteren wrote:

> On Tue, 25 May 2010 16:12:44 +0200, Simpson, Grant Leyton  
> <glsimpso at indiana.edu> wrote:
>> One question I have off the top of my head is how updates are handled. I  
>> like the idea of better integration with the OS and the browser but I  
>> don't want to lose one of what I see as the best elements of web app  
>> development, namely the need to not have to update clients' copies of  
>> the app individually.
> Presumably the "installed" app would still be delivered over HTTP;  
> potentially with a lot of offline data through storage and a cache  
> manifest. "installed" seems to be just a bit on top of what we have  
> already that gives a few extra features. At least that's what I make out  
> of the rough summary.
> -- 
> Anne van Kesteren
> http://annevankesteren.nl/

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