Intent to Ship: URL Protocol Handler Registration for PWAs

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Diego Gonzalez

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Sep 29, 2021, 12:25:40 PMSep 29
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Contact emails

samue...@microsoft.com, mjac...@microsoft.com, luig...@microsoft.com, dmu...@chromium.org

 

Explainer

https://github.com/MicrosoftEdge/MSEdgeExplainers/blob/master/URLProtocolHandler/explainer.md

https://web.dev/url-protocol-handler/

 

Specification

https://pr-preview.s3.amazonaws.com/w3c/manifest/pull/972.html#protocol_handlers-member

 

Design docs

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NHlWLjAPZ-dyxcz3AoTWibeerDeHW7Vqrx6FmhB0XmE

Summary

Enable web applications to register themselves as handlers of custom URL protocols/schemes using their installation manifest.

Blink component

UI>Browser>WebAppInstalls

Search tags

protocol, web app, protocol handlers, custom schemes

TAG review

https://github.com/w3ctag/design-reviews/issues/482

TAG review status

Issues addressed, resolution: satisfied.

Risks

Interoperability and Compatibility

Low; manifest elements will be ignored if unsupported by the client.

Gecko: No signal (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1635272)

WebKit: No signal (https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=211401)

Web developers: Positive (https://twitter.com/search?q=url%3Ahttps%3A%2F%2Fweb.dev%2Furl-protocol-handler%2F&src=typed_query&f=live)

Security

https://github.com/MicrosoftEdge/MSEdgeExplainers/blob/main/URLProtocolHandler/explainer.md#security-considerations

 

Debuggability

Is this feature fully tested by web-platform-tests?

Yes - https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/c/chromium/src/+/3166820 

 

DevTrial instructions

https://web.dev/url-protocol-handler/#enabling-via-about:flags-or-edge:flags

Flag name

#enable-desktop-pwas-protocol-handling

 

Requires code in //chrome?

Yes

Tracking bug

https://crbug.com/1019239

 

Launch bug

https://crbug.com/1063658

 

Sample links

https://protocol-handler.glitch.me/

https://fabiorocha.github.io/pwa

 

Estimated milestones

OriginTrial desktop last

95

OriginTrial desktop first

92

 

 

Link to entry on the Chrome Platform Status

https://chromestatus.com/feature/5151703944921088

 

Links to previous Intent discussions

Intent to prototype: https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/g/blink-dev/c/x4Ev_l9Oj2U/m/6bGPs7MVCwAJ

Ready for Trial: https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/g/blink-dev/c/GbTdEVNPhng

Intent to Experiment: https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/g/blink-dev/c/AuKUdqTkUAs

 

 

Regards,

 

Diego González-Zúñiga

PM, Microsoft Edge

 

 

Chris Harrelson

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Sep 30, 2021, 3:30:51 PMSep 30
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Hi, a few points.

1. Please file for signals via the mechanism at bit.ly/blink-signals.
2. Ok if we block approval on landing the spec PR?
3. Can you send us a summary of feedback received during the Origin Trial?

Thanks,
Chris


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Diego González

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Oct 4, 2021, 4:56:38 PMOct 4
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Hola Chris,

1. We have applied for signals through the methods specified in the document linked, for reference:
* I believe there is no entry in the webkit-dev list, although there is the bug file in webkit bug tracker. (I can add the thread in the mailing list if it is necessary for the process, but as a fellow webkit engineer told me, if there is no interaction in the whole standard process it means there is not interest in the feature.)

2. I'll work on landing these changes to manifest incubations for the time being, that way we can unblock the process since I do not expect to get any signal from another engine any time soon. 

3. Overall the summary is positive, with no actionable feedback. A few "lgtm please ship" and "if we can't use this we'll have to use Electron".

Regards

Diego

Mike West

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Oct 7, 2021, 3:28:28 PMOct 7
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LGTM1. The UX treatment ran through internal security/privacy review, and doesn't create risk above and beyond the existing JavaScript API, which we ship currently and accept.

-mike


Yoav Weiss

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Oct 7, 2021, 3:40:42 PMOct 7
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Chris Harrelson

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Oct 7, 2021, 4:01:34 PMOct 7
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LGTM3 once the spec PR lands.

I agree with your reasoning about why an email to webkit-dev would not be productive.

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