World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Developers are Integrating Bitcoin’s Lightning Network in all Browsers


Since the inception of Bitcoin’s Lightning Network, there have been a number of challenges when it comes to its set up and usage. This could, however, change as World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) developers are working to have the network available in all web browsers. They are looking to make online payments much easier by enabling users to have more choices using an API right from their web browsers, which include Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Google Chrome.

The W3C, which specializes in creating standards for the web, started working on web payments for cryptocurrencies some time back, but it experienced some challenges trying to bring together cryptocurrency fans and developers to get involved.

According to CoinDesk, there are a number of developers that have shown interest in helping to make cryptocurrency compatible with the API, and have already made Lightning Network compatible with the specification, but still observing to see how it works.

Online Payments Made Easy!

If the Lightning Network becomes available on the major web browsers, then there’s no doubt that it will join the other more established payment methods, which include Apple Pay and Credit Cards.

According to CoinDesk, if a user enters their lightning information when making a payment, the API save the data to their web browser, allowing them to make payments easily next time.

Still Some Work Left

To make it all a reality, there’s still some work left to be completed. According to a famous Lightning developer, Christian Decker, the ‘payment method ID’ has to be assigned to bitcoin for it to function in the API. Speaking with CoinDesk, he said that:

“Currently only the basic-card identifier has been assigned, but we can apply for one eventually.…By being part of the working group we are in a position to raise objections should an incompatibility emerge and we [can] propose alternatives or improvements that better reflect the constraints that come from bitcoin and lightning being very unique payment systems.”

A number of browsers, including Safari, Samsung browser, Microsoft Edge, and Chrome have already implemented the API, but Firefox is using it in ‘beta.’ Decker said that he’s not aware of any full implementation yet, largely because the specifications are still being built.

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