[whatwg] Web Storage: apparent contradiction in spec

Boris Zbarsky bzbarsky at MIT.EDU
Mon Aug 31 11:58:37 PDT 2009

Jens Alfke wrote:
> Local storage is a significant change from the browser's current data 
> model, and I think that (no offense) browser developers are not used to 
> taking care of user-critical data for longer than the duration of a DOM 
> tree or POST request. It's a change in perspective. Coming as I do from 
> a client-software world, it's actually an eye-opener to me that this is 
> even controversial.

It's controversial because, no offense, browser developers don't trust 
the website author, nor should the users.  At least to a first 

This is a critical difference from client software, for better or worse.

We could restrict local storage to explicitly trusted sites and then not 
treat it as cookies; would that be preferable?  It might be. 
Alternately, it could be treated like cookies except for explicitly 
trusted sites... or something.


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