Intent to Prototype: Note taking new note URL

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Glen Robertson

Mar 24, 2021, 11:28:42 AM3/24/21
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Note: just have an issue post with discussion and an incubation specification instead of an explainer because it is a small addition.



Parses a web app manifest entry for a URL to open to take a new note in a note-taking web app, allowing OS integrations. The "note_taking" and "new_note_url" web app manifest fields are described in

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Note-taking apps often have OS and user agent integrations. This adds a way for web apps to identify themselves as note-taking apps, and a declarative way to do a simple note-taking action: open a URL to take a new note.

Initial public proposal

TAG review


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Interoperability and Compatibility


Gecko: No signal

WebKit: No signal

Web developers: No signals

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


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Link to entry on the Chrome Platform Status

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Balazs Engedy

Apr 13, 2021, 9:17:50 AM4/13/21
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During the review we were unsure about the scope of this launch. Is this still limited to Chrome OS and specific apps, or is the intention to allow any installed PWA to expose a note-taking handler in its manifest, along with some UX whereby the user sets it as the note-taking application?

Glen Robertson

Apr 16, 2021, 7:18:50 PM4/16/21
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TLDR: Parsed everywhere, any web app, used on CrOS with existing Chrome App UX.

This is proposing to parse a new field from the web app manifest to identify note-taking web apps [this part would exist on all blink platforms and any web app could declare the field to be considered a note-taking app].
We currently only have intention to use that field on CrOS, where it will be integrated with the existing stylus tools so web apps can be selected as the current note-taking app (Settings>Device>Stylus, currently allows Chrome Apps only) and, once selected, can be launched from stylus palette > Create note.
Note web apps will not yet be usable on the lock screen (that will be a separate proposal).

HTH, let me know if you have further questions.

Balazs Engedy

May 4, 2021, 9:43:08 AM5/4/21
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That sounds good, thank you for the clarification!
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