Hello.

I am Paul Kinlan.

A Developer Advocate for Chrome and the Open Web at Google.

I love the web. The web should allow anyone to access any experience that they need without the need for native install or content walled garden.

Modern Mobile Bookmarklets with the ShareTarget API

Paul Kinlan

Bookmarklets are an unsung superpower of Desktop Web Browsers. They are not as powerful as Chrome Extensions, they require a user gesture, they don't have access to browser specific API's (such as chrome.*), yet I love them. In their simplest form (a Bookmark) they navigate you to a URL; more complex forms (Bookmarklets) navigate to a javascript: URL which means you can run simple automated actions that run in the context of the page, creating functionality that the original developer didn't get around to creating just yet, just at the click of a button.

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File Web Share Target

Paul Kinlan

I've frequently said that for web apps to compete effectively in the world of apps, they need to be integrated in to all of the places that users expect apps to be. Inter-app communication is one of the major missing pieces of the web platform, and specifically one of the last major missing features is native level sharing: Web apps need to be able to get data out of their silo and into other web sites and apps; they also need to be able to receive the data from other native apps and sites.

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Testing-file-share-target-from-camera

Paul Kinlan

This is testing sharing directly from the camera app. It looks like it worked :)

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testing-file-share-target

Paul Kinlan

This is a test of the Share Target API on Android and it's ability to share files. If you see something here, then all is good :)

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Registering as a Share Target with the Web Share Target API

Paul Kinlan

Pete LePage introduces the Web Share Target API and the the availability in Chrome via an origin trial Until now, only native apps could register as a share target. The Web Share Target API allows installed web apps to register with the underlying OS as a share target to receive shared content from either the Web Share API or system events, like the OS-level share button. Read full post.

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Breaking down silos by sharing more on the web

Paul Kinlan

This article is over a year late. It was stuck in my drafts for a long time, yet I think the idea is something that we need to solve into 2018. It also turns out that other issues have arisen in the last year that make it a bit more relevant. I was in Indonesia earlier in 2016 idly chatting with developers and it came up in conversation that the web is screwed (they were the literal words).

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Defining web component interfaces

Paul Kinlan

Custom Elements need clear and parsable API documentation.

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