[whatwg] Splash screen proposal for web apps ?

Rich Tibbett richt at opera.com
Thu Aug 1 08:59:10 PDT 2013

> On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:15 PM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
>> On Wed, 31 Jul 2013, Laurent Perez wrote:
>> >
>> > Is there work going on on a Splash screen specification ?
>> What's the use case?
>> Generally speaking, Web pages load incrementally, so by the time you've
>> downloaded an image, you should be able to just show the Web page itself,
>> at least in a state good enough for the user. (For example, even really
>> large and expensive pages like Google+ render in a usable state quickly,
>> even though they continue to load assets and scripts in the background and
>> thus actually don't present an interactive UI straight away.)

On Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 12:48 AM, Laurent Perez <l.laurent.p at gmail.com> 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.

Your exact use case is unclear as to whether you want this for web
pages in general (in which case you have the problem that you need to
load some resources before the page itself loads) or for some kind of
packaged web application scenario.

For the latter, there has been some discussion around splash screens
[1] in the context of the ongoing work around the web manifest
specification [2].Check that out and direct your query to W3C SysApps

[1] https://github.com/sysapps/sysapps/issues/41
[2] http://manifest.sysapps.org
[3] http://www.w3.org/2012/sysapps/

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