[whatwg] Device Element

Bjartur Thorlacius svartman95 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 8 16:13:17 PST 2011

On 1/8/11, Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 6:50 PM, Bjartur Thorlacius <svartman95 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> The system provides access control.
> I'm not sure what you're saying here.  The browser provides access
> control for web applications.  This is already true in lots of places
> -- like geolocation and network access, to name recent ones.  Even if
> all native applications can access particular hardware as far as the
> system is concerned, it certainly doesn't follow that the browser can
> expose the same privilege to web applications.
When an user application requests screen access, I don't grant it carte
blanche access to a screen of mine. Then I would need a screen per
graphical app. Rather, I partition my screen and, given it has the
necessary privileges, grant it revocable access to a frame. Then, I
revoke the access and free up the frame for another application.
Similar with storage space and networking. I don't see any reason for
language implementations (such as JavaScript VMs) to reimplement
hardware multiplexing and access granting, forcing system
administrators (i.e. users) to manage access controls for 'normal' apps
on one hand, but grant the JavaScript VM administrative privileges and
then configure 'WebApps' seperately.

As a side note, I don't remember how the topic morphed into what it's
now, you'd think that all of this would be an implementation detail. The
JavaScript application could be a well audited and trusted system
administration application, for all we know.

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