[whatwg] Offline Resources

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Sun Jun 10 23:25:05 PDT 2007

On Jun 10, 2007, at 3:40 AM, Lachlan Hunt wrote:

> Hi,
>   Apparently Firefox 3 has implemented new features for offline  
> resources, including rel="offline-resource" and some new DOM APIs.
> | Introduced support for <link rel="offline-resource">, which puts
> | resources into the browser's offline cache. This allows a web
> | application to ensure that its resources are available in the cache
> | when the browser goes into offline mode. See Marking Resources for
> | Offline Use for further details on offline support.
> http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/3.0a3/releasenotes/
> http://www.campd.org/stuff/Offline%20Cache.html
> This seems someone similar in functionality to the local cache  
> feature in Google Gears.  It would probably be worth investigating  
> it and standardising something like it in HTML5.

There was a recent (brief) discussion thread on this. I think the  
Google Gears design for this works better than the Mozilla design,  
because it lets offline mode use all the same URIs as regular mode,  
so the offline support can be cleanly factored from the rest of the  
web app. I think we should discuss the right standards approach  
further, though I'm somewhat surprised that Mozilla hasn't brought  
their work so far to the standards process before now.


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