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From Shazron <>
Subject Re: capabilities api
Date Fri, 19 Oct 2012 23:56:16 GMT
We already have the window.device object -- we can tack on a
window.device.capabilities object that could contain the boolean
properties or something.

On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM, Brian LeRoux <> wrote:
> I dunno, I think this is independent of the current APIs. (More than
> one API we have deals w/ Cameras for example.) Seems like we want more
> nuance than boolean too (consider front && back camera). We are
> definitely talking about hardware/sensors detection.
> Not loving the w3c cc/pp spec, that RDF business looks hairy, I think
> we need something more approachable like you describe.
> On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM, Filip Maj <> wrote:
>> Tack on a .yep boolean onto every API surface?
>> On 10/19/12 2:25 PM, "Brian LeRoux" <> wrote:
>>>Community member Ian has noticed our lack of a capabilities api, and
>>>ignoring the snipe at our foresight, I do agree its a missing piece in
>>>the web platform. [1]
>>>There is some prior art.
>>>- Media queries have a couple of interesting APIs (matchMedia [2],
>>>window.devicePixelRatio, and potentially a future
>>>- Flash has a comprehensive capabilities API. [3]
>>>- The W3C has a somewhat unwieldy take on this issue. [4]  It should
>>>be noted that a new working group at the w3c called sysapps will be
>>>addressing this.
>>>- Tizen has a System Info API (which I'd link to but cannot).
>>>Does anyone have any thoughts on how we should structure / develop out
>>>the ability for our users to query the device capbilities?

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