Web Development

Maverick: Providing Web Applications With Safe and Flexible Access to Local Devices

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Executive Summary

Web browsers do not yet provide Web programs with the same safe, convenient access to local devices that operating systems provide to native programs. As a result, Web programmers must either wait for the slowly evolving HTML standard to add support for the device classes they want to use, or they must use difficult to deploy browser plug-ins to add the access they need. This paper describes Maverick, a browser that provides Web applications with safe and flexible access to local devices. Maverick lets Web programmers implement USB device drivers and frameworks, like file systems or streaming video layers, using standard Web programming technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, or even code executed in a native client sandbox.

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