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From Simon MacDonald <>
Subject Re: Media APIs - some research and discussion
Date Mon, 21 Jan 2013 04:29:49 GMT
Just reading everything over and looking at the way things are going it
seems like we should get the Web Intents API implemented. Looks like there
is already a shim implemented here:

with an APL license.

Simon Mac Donald

On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 4:20 PM, Becky Gibson <>wrote:

> I was looking at the open issues for iOS and found some related to
> capture/camera and media so I decided to see what the state of the latest
> W3C APIs are for these things.  It wasn't a pleasant journey!
> There seem to be three apis that cover our camera/capture and media.  Note
> that the referenced URLs are to the latest published draft although many
> have updated editor's drafts.
>    - Pick Media Intent (  Pick stored Media
>    (images, audio, video) from various sources.
>    - HTML Media Capture ( - HTML
>    form extension to allow user access to capture media from the device's
> via
>    still camera, video, microphone via the File upload control.  Appears to
>    have replaced the Media Capture API (
> since all links on
>    that page to Latest Published Draft and Latest Editor's Draft refer the
> the
>    HTML Media Capture spec and there is no longer any reference to the
> Media
>    Capture API on the Device API working group page (
>    - Media Capture and Streams ( Access to
>    multi media streams (video camera, microphone, stored media) from a
> device.
> Thus, it seems that the Pick Media Intent would replace the Camera apis for
> selecting existing images and video.  It would add the ability to pick from
> existing audio.  Perhaps it is time to dive into the Web Intents spec and
> consider implementation ....
> HTML Media Capture allows capturing media but it is tied to the input
> element.  It also provides for uploading the captured data.   This seems to
> have replaced the Media Capture API that we implemented.   I'm not sure how
> we can incorporate this into Cordova as there are no real apis, just
> attributes on the input element for the browser to implement and provide
> the UI.   Although this seems to be the only W3C mechanism for accessing
> the still camera to capture an image!
> The Media Capture and Streams could replace our Media and Capture Video
> apis, but this is much more complicated.  It also, in my opinion, doesn't
> seem all that well baked at the moment with a fair amount of open issues
> for defining some of the constants.
> Thus, I was a bit overwhelmed at how to address some of the Media and
> camera issues!   I did discuss this briefly with Simon and was relieved
> that he was considering the HTML apis for media as our solution for Media (
> ).
>   Perhaps the best way to tackle our media is to normalize our media apis
> around the HTML Media apis.
> The point of this email?   To capture my foray into the W3C Capture Apis
> and perhaps start a discussion on the next steps for Camera, Capture and
> Media apis.
> My next foray is into the changes to Contacts - this is now a Web Intent as
> well.

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