[whatwg] access to local path in input type="file"

Nigel Tao nigel.tao.gnome at gmail.com
Sun Jun 8 04:50:11 PDT 2008

On 23/03/2008, ddailey <ddailey at zoominternet.net> wrote:
>  Perhaps we need a new <img type="local-file"> to cover the use cases??? What
>  I'm ultimately interested in is not really the sort of thing one would
>  expect to use <form>s for -- neither is doing content analysis inside a
>  <textarea> however. Those just happen to be the tools that <html> provides.
>  I know that under discussion in HTML5 is some amount of ability to read and
>  write files locally. Would script access to local images be included in that
>  capability?

Gears has some experimental code to load local images.  Experimental
meaning that the API is still in flux, documentation is non-existant,
and it's not bundled as part of official builds yet, but if you check
out the latest version of the source code, you can play with it.

Dion Almaer has blogged about upcoming Gears APIs at

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