Web Intents was an experimental framework for web-based inter-application communication and service discovery.
Web Intents consists of a discovery mechanism and a very light-weight RPC system between web applications, modelled after the Intents system in Android. In the context of the framework an Intent equals an action to be performed by a provider. Web Intents allow two web applications to communicate with each other, without either of them having to actually know what the other one is.
- Google Chrome versions 18 to 23 natively supported Web Intents. This support was disabled in version 24, citing the existence of a "number of areas for development in both the API and specific user experience in Chrome".
- There are some Web Intents proxy pages that make available some real services that don't yet support intents.
- AddThis supports Web Intents by their sharing tools regardless of browser support.
Paul Kinlan of Google announced the Web Intents project in December 2010. He soon released a prototype API to GitHub. In August 2011 Google announced that Chrome would support Web Intents. Google and Mozilla have started co-operating to unify Web Intents and Mozilla's Web Activities/Web Discovery (which tries to solve the same problem) into one proposal.
- GitHub: Paul Kinlan: WebIntents
- TechCrunch: Google Announces Plans To Bake Android-Like Web Intents Into Chrome
- Chrome 18 Web Intents support
- Status of web intents in Chrome
- Web Intents FAQ
- Codebits: Web Intents Proxies
- AddThis blog: A Step for Open Sharing: AddThis Integrates Web Intents
- Chromium Blog: Connecting Web Apps with Web Intents
- TechCrunch: Mozilla Labs Launches 'Web Activities' Experiment, Lets Web Apps Talk To Each Other
- Mozilla Labs: Web Apps Update – experiments in Web Activities, App Discovery