Hi, folks–

I'd like to ask for feedback on the notion of adding "addressable ranges" to the WebApps WG charter.

There are a set of use cases for being able to link to a specific passage of text in a document, which has a number of what I consider hard problems:
* the passage might cross element boundaries
* someone linking into the document usually doesn't have write access to the document such that they can insert permanent markers into the text * documents might change: the passage may have moved, been slightly altered, or even been completely removed * many other considerations (including single-page vs. multi-page versions of the same document, near-duplicates of the document at different URLs, etc.)

I bring this to the WebApps WG for a couple reasons:
* there are related deliverables and discussions already underway, including the new Selections API work from Niwa, the Clipboard API work, and the discussions around a Find API * if this is ever going to happen, this is the right community of developers and browser vendors to discuss the different challenges and possibilities

This work might take a while before we consider it ready for serious consideration for implementation and deployment in browsers, but I'd like to start the conversation now so we can keep this in mind while developing related features, and build toward some tangible outcome in the not-too-distant future.

Because finding a solution to this would be a major goal of the proposed Web Annotations WG, it would be nice if this could be a joint deliverable of both groups. While we propose to have the conversation on public-webapps (for the widest and most critical review), the Web Annotations WG will provide an Editor and a Test Lead, and we would prefer to have a co-Editor from WebApps.

Regards-
-Doug

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