[whatwg] Splash screen proposal for web apps ?

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Aug 1 08:58:13 PDT 2013

On Thu, 1 Aug 2013, Laurent Perez wrote:
> The use case is to show a "please wait, loading..." message until all 
> resources of an index page (js, css, html, images, fonts) are 
> downloaded. When the message dismisses, the index page is ready for a 
> non-blocking UI navigation since js was already loaded.
> We plan to implement it in our own user agent, and I was wondering if I 
> should go the Apple meta way or use the w3c widgets spec and use a 
> webapp descriptor. I know the widgets spec has been implemented by some 
> (Opera, Phonegap to describe an hybrid application), I was wondering if 
> work was still going on on the splash proposal.

Why not model applications around the same model as used by G+, where the 
"splash" is the application itself, just in a non-interactive state?

If you can download the splash graphic, you can almost certainly download 
enough of the app to just show it.

Basically, I think you should view as splash screens as much the same way 
as "installation" -- bugs from a legacy world that we should work hard to 
avoid reintroducing into the Web platform.

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