Browser Payments 1.0

Kumar McMillan (Mozilla/FirefoxOS) and I (PaySwarm/Web Payments) have just published the first draft of the Browser Payments 1.0 API. The purpose of the spec is to establish a way to initiate payments from within the browser. It is currently a direct port of the mozPay API framework that is integrated into Firefox OS. It enables Web content to initiate payment or issue a refund for a product or service. Once implemented in the browser, a Web author may issue navigator.payment() function to initiate a payment.

This is work that we intend to pursue in the Web Payments Community Group at W3C. The work will eventually be turned over to a Web Payments Working Group at W3C, which we’re trying to kick-start at some point this year.

The current Browser Payments 1.0 spec can be read here:

http://web-payments.github.io/browser-payments/

The github repository for the spec is here:

https://github.com/web-payments/browser-payments/

Keep in mind that this is a very early draft of the spec. There are lots of prose issues as well as bugs that need to be sorted out. There are also a number of things that we need to discuss about the spec and how it fits into the larger Web ecosystem. Things like how it integrates with Persona and PaySwarm are still details that we need to suss out. There is a bug and issue tracker for the spec here:

https://github.com/web-payments/browser-payments/issues

The Mozilla guys will be on next week’s Web Payments telecon (Wednesday, 11am EST) for a Q/A session about this specification. Join us if you’re interested in payments in the browser. The call is open to the public, details about joining and listening in can be found here:

https://payswarm.com/minutes/

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  1. Bret says:

    Fantastic!

    I was just reading about how bittorrent is adding a DRMed payment system to torrents. At least this news lifts my spirits about the possibility of payments on an open and free web. I can’t wait to see how this develops.

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