- Accessing a devices’s contacts and calendar
- Accessing camera and microphone via forms and an API
- Messaging (SMS, MMS, emails)
- Systems info and events (CPU, network, etc.)
- Permissions for device API access
- And more...
Bruce Lawson mentions the DAP when asked what new browser technologies he is most excited about:
HTML5, of course — and also DAP (“Device APIs and Policy Working Group”). This thrillingly-named set of specifications is further extending the capabilities of the Web by specifying APIs that allow access to device features like camera, contact books and calendar — much like Geolocation gives browsers access to the device’s GPS capabilities. Like HTML5, the DAP are adapting existing proprietary APIs that have been road-tested, and other manufacturers have committed to supporting the specifications.