[whatwg] SQL API and database metadata at creation

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Oct 24 16:09:20 PDT 2007

On Wed, 24 Oct 2007, Brady Eidson wrote:
> First off, my first impression of the new API is that I like it a lot 
> and think it addresses most - if not all - of the outstanding issues.


> We'll see if that impression continues after I process it all!  =D

Please send feedback if it doesn't! :-)

> The database name is - and should remain - a technical detail that is 
> internal to the implementation of a web application.  I propose we 
> provide an optional way for an openDatabase() call to include a 
> DatabaseDescription, which is meant to be a human-readable name or 
> description of the database.  This would make policy prompts regarding 
> the database (creation, increasing the size) as well as the management 
> UI potentially more meaningful and clear to the user.


> A side proprosal that might help consolidate the "should I allow this 
> database to be created?" and "should this origin be allowed to go over 
> its size limit?" prompts would be to provide another optional argument 
> to the openDatabase() call which is the "expected size of the database" 
> which is something many application developers may be able to establish 
> ahead of time.


We might drop estimatedSize if it's rarely used appropriately (e.g. if 
people always say "0" or "999999999999999999999").

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