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Webactions was a session at IndieWebCamp SF 2019.

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Notes archived from: https://etherpad.indieweb.org/webactions

IndieWebCamp SF 2019
Session: Webactions
When: 2019-12-07 14:30




Twitter, Facebook like buttons, are prior art So like micropub buttons on sites to make it easier to respond?

A custom element <indie-action> was the proposal

Two polyfills....one for the other site, one for yours. One registers a protocol handler, the other ensures the custom element does something.

Tantek is on the /webactions wiki page

There are two people...the person publishing the actions, and the visitor who wants to use them. So if the publisher does not support actions...

Browser extensions, shortcuts, etc may offer a better experience. Tantek challenges an update to barnabywaters Web Action Hero toolkit

Malcolm Blaney supports a popup that allows you to enter in your URL and it will discover your webaction handler.

Chris Aldrich: I've got a bookmarklet scheme via GWG in WordPress post kinds that will allow me to post via something like http://example.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?kind=bookmark&kindurl=@url . A browser exension could add buttons that have pre-registered my URL API scheme... I do this essentially with URL forwarder on Android. (Some of this is documented here: https://boffosocko.com/2017/01/10/browser-bookmarklets-and-mobile-sharing-with-post-kinds-plugin-for-wordpress/ )

gRegor Morrill: I've previously set up a bookmarklet for Twitter that would let me reply via a form on my site similar to Chris. I haven't used it in several months:

Mastodon has a handler for likes/replies and has a pop up to ask you what instance/account you want to use (unless you're already logged in) We should document this.

Can we connect the older webaction markup to the newer webshare API, webmanifest etc?

Tantek should talk to people working on the Web Share API whom he knows to add a declarative to support webactions.

Possible Hack Day Projects

  • Add my site as a webshare target
  • Add web manifest
  • Investigate web app manifest for

Microsub having built-in buttons may have also been adopted as a solution to this problem.

Don't just design for the common three: like, repost, comment, or bookmark, but we should be able to extend to reads, listens, chickens, etc. The UI for likes should be as quick and easy as how micropub works in some of the microsub clients. Monocle does a good job of this I think and indicates the URL of the Like, but otherwise allows you to more along.

You can trigger from a browser, but you end up with too many options.

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