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From Becky Gibson <>
Subject Re: Contacts, and when/how/who removes anything and why
Date Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:02:23 GMT
Well, I know that people do use find a lot and are frequently tripped up by
it. They get confused over the fact that the fields array is the list of
fields that are returned AND are searched.   Most people expect all of the
contact information returned and they think that the fields are just the
fields that will be searched.  We did modify the api a bit to add a * in
fields to indicate to return all fields.   However, with the field
parameter overloaded it does make the search less efficient.

At any rate, I can certainly post to the Phonegap google group asking for
feedback on the use of remove and request the use cases.  Or, you can join
and post directly yourself.  It's up to you.

As I'm not active in the W3C currently, I doubt I could get approval and
funding to attend any F2F  :-(  FYI - I did work actively on WAI/WCAG and
some on WAI/PF.

On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 4:39 PM, Josh Soref <> wrote:

> Becky wrote:
> > Yes, I've worked in W3C working groups
> I'm glad you do, I'm concerned about messaging - that others might not
> understand what it means. I've seen various groups really fail to
> understand such a detail.
> > - I know the risks of implementing too early in the process!
> > However, when we wanted to add an API for contacts into PhoneGap we
> needed
> > a place to start so we used the W3C working draft available at the time.
> > We realized that it would likely change but at least gave us a starting
> point.
> > We been trying to keep track of the W3C updates and changes so we can
> > decide when to update the Cordova version.
> Right, and appreciated.
> > When we implemented an earlier Contacts API working draft for Cordova we
> added
> > a remove functionality to provide the ability to delete a contact.
> > It just seemed to make sense that if add is being provided that there
> > should also be a way to remove a contact as well.
> So, this symmetry is interesting.
> One thing I don't think Cordova (or pretty much most other projects have)
> is any metrics showing how often/much use a given API has.
> Does Cordova/PhoneGap know if remove() is used and if so by whom and if by
> whom, why?
> I know of a few rather rare instances where it might theoretically be
> possible for someone to want to have a remove, but I think they're either
> theoretical or indicate a need for something drastically different (which
> is the reason why I was working on a Pick-Contact API).
> >  Since not all of the platforms provide a native "view" for accessing
> the contacts
> > (similar to camera access) we decided to implement full functionality of
> create,
> > find and remove.
> Camera access doesn't usually let one delete a picture, does it? (I
> understand that Gallery access would.)
> p.s., sysapps is having a F2F soon, I hope you're planning to attend :).
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