[whatwg] Web Storage: apparent contradiction in spec

Aryeh Gregor Simetrical+w3c at gmail.com
Thu Aug 27 08:44:34 PDT 2009

On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM, Schuyler Duveen<whatwg at graffitiweb.org> wrote:
> 1. To run Doom requiring 500M of localStorage sounds like an
> 'application'--both users and developers currently have the expectation
> that users have to approve something like that before being installed to
> their computers to consume possibly valuable resources.  A preliminary
> prompt to the user sounds reasonable and expected here.

I expect 500 MB will require a prompt by anyone's standards, yes,
unless maybe the user has a terabyte of free disk space.

> 3. If the developer is presented with an unprompted option to store data
>  permanently or just have it 'cached'--I'm not sure why the developer
> (both the nefarious and the good) would ever opt for the only-cached
> version.

For the same reason developers write files in /tmp.

> In concluding, many thanks to all those that are working on HTML5 (esp.
> the browser vendors).  It's an exciting time to be a web developer.


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