The W3C Web Payments HTTP API allows developers to register payment applications, create payment requests, and reply with payment responses. It allows web applications to initiate payments for products or services by serving an HTTP 402 Payment Required response along with sufficient data to start and complete the payment flow.
This article is part of a series about interesting APIs that were added to our directory during 2017. Finance, Payments, Blockchain and Banking APIs are covered in this segment. The APIs were chosen by our researchers, by popularity according to website traffic, and by mentions on social media.
The W3C Web Payments Working Group announced that the Payment Request API is now being implemented in all major browsers including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and WebKit. The Group also announced that the Payment Request API and Payment Method Identifiers have advanced to Candidate Recommendation Status.
Twelve APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Database, Payments, and Environment. New to our directory is an API from Amazon that allows developers to create unique identities for users to authenticate them incognito. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.