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Swipe, Shake, CTRL Z? Web Spec Aims to End Input Overload

By ZDNet

January 28, 2013

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recently published the draft of Indie UI, a specification aimed at making it easier for developers to build Web applications that can be controlled by different devices. The draft sets out a specification for a software abstraction layer that translates user interaction into the desired action on the Web app's user interface. "Web developers won't have to worry about the specifics of how users provide input, and can focus just on the user intent," according to a W3C blog post. 

Indie UI provides an alternative to having to code for every possible input that could be used with an app, such as pressing a combination of keys or a screen swipe.

Multizone's Angus Fox says Indie UI makes it possible to programmatically manipulate an application's interface in the same way a user would, and allows for automated testing of mobile Web applications across multiple platforms. Indie UI also is designed to increase the accessibility of Web apps by making it easier to interact with assistive technologies.

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