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Mozilla Introduces WebAPI

Mozilla have today announced WebAPI – a new project tasked with standardising mobile web access to various phone-specific functionality.

“The goal [is] to provide a basicHTML5phone experience within 3 to 6 months.” theannouncementstates.

WebAPI will allow web developers to create mobile-enhanced websites and web-apps without the hassle currentlyattachedto developing for avarietyof differing/competingbrowsers/platforms.

Bydeveloping’consistent APIs across web browsers, operating systems and devices’ the project states that developers will be able to work on building services for everyone and ‘not just a specific device or vendor.’

WebAPI specifications and drafts will be submitted to W3C – the World Wide Web Consortium – for “standardization” across all browsers – not just mobile ones.

Some of the APIs to be worked on include: -

  • Address Book:Contacts API
  • SMS:Telephony & Messaging API, Contacts API
  • Camera:Camera API, Filesystem API
  • Games:Accelerometer API, Mouse Lock API
  • Maps:Geolocation API, Contacts API

Sound neat? You can read more over athacks.mozilla.org/2011/08/introducing-webapior on the project wiki at wiki.mozilla.org/WebAPI