[Webkit-unassigned] [Bug 158205] New: Implement Web Application Manifest

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Mon May 30 07:36:57 PDT 2016


            Bug ID: 158205
           Summary: Implement Web Application Manifest
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: WebKit
           Version: WebKit Nightly Build
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Platform
          Assignee: webkit-unassigned at lists.webkit.org
          Reporter: addyo at chromium.org

This specification defines a JSON-based manifest, which provides developers with a centralized place to put metadata associated with a web application. This includes, but is not limited to, the web application's name, links to icons, as well as the preferred URL to open when the user launches the web application. The manifest also allows developers to declare a default orientation for their web application, as well as how the application is to be displayed by the user agent (e.g., in fullscreen).

Using this meta data, user agents can provide developers with means to create user experiences that are more comparable to that of a native application.

Specification: https://w3c.github.io/manifest/

Support in other browsers:
Chrome: implemented on desktop and Android
Firefox: Partially implemented in Firefox for Android)
Edge: public support

WebKit (specifically, Mobile Safari on iOS) has previously been a leader in allowing web developers greater customisation over the add to homescreen experience. This included the ability to setup a custom splashscreen, something that has broken in recent versions of mobile safari (per https://gist.github.com/tfausak/2222823#gistcomment-1730484). Rather than focusing on older, non-standards track implementations I think there's great value in shifting to a standards-track application manifest as a source for this type of data. It would allow web developers to ensure a high-quality web app experience is delivered on iOS as well as other platforms supporting this feature.

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