web intents

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web intents were a Google attempt to bring the features/interaction of Android Intents from the Android Application SDK to the web. They were prototyped in Chrome and then removed in early 2013.

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2011

Web intents were discussed at three IndieWebCamp 2011 sessions:

Criticisms

Those attending and participating in related IndieWebCamp sessions realized after having to explain and attempt to speak about them, that "web intents" as a term/phrase was too confusing to effectively do user centered research and design. After some brainstorming about what problems were actually being solved, web actions was suggested as a user-centered reframing for common use cases.

Early feedback (2011-2012) was given to folks at Google who worked on web intents that they needed to prioritize UI/UX first, and only after they'd figured that out, attempt any kind of standardizing of protocols/formats. This feedback was largely ignored.

Google's experimental Chrome implementation of web intents had several UI problems which caused them to remove their implementation.

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