Geolocation WG

The number of Web enabled devices that are location-aware has increased markedly as of late. Such devices include mobile phones with cell triangulation or Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities, laptops with Wi-Fi triangulation capabilities and GPS receivers.

The Geolocation WG was created in response to requests from the community for W3C to develop a standardized, secure and privacy-sensitive interface so that Web applications may gain access to location information. The Geolocation WG was created in September of 2008 and has since taken the Geolocation API to Recommendation status.

The objective of this Geolocation WG charter is to continue to work on access to the user's location information via standardized interfaces with mechanisms to obtain the user’s consent as needed. The Working Group's scope now includes the addition of geofencing capability, and the development of use cases and requirements for indoor location enhancements to the Geolocation API.

Under the Working Group's first charter, the group developed the first version of the DeviceOrientation Event API. This new charter will allow the group to bring this API to Recommendation status as well as work on additional new deliverables.

The Working Group will continue development of Recommendation Track documents that define interfaces for making location information available within the User-Agent. These interfaces should be usable regardless of the source of location information, and should be consistent across location technologies.

The Working Group will determine use cases the interfaces need to support and use these to derive requirements. Requirements for security and privacy protection must be included.

Each Recommendation-track deliverable will have a comprehensive test suite, with a set of documented, functional tests for each assertion in the specification, before it becomes a Recommendation.

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