[whatwg] Proposal to drag virtual file out of browser

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Aug 27 19:25:11 PDT 2009

On Mon, 17 Aug 2009, Jian Li wrote:
> The HTML 5 spec defines the event-based drag-and-drop mechanism that 
> could cross the browser boundary. If a draggable element contains a URL, 
> dragging it out of the browser will only copy the URL value. However, in 
> some scenarios, we really want to download the data file from the 
> specified URL, instead of copying the value. Here we propose a way to 
> allow dragging a virtual file denoted by an URL out of the browser 
> boundary.

I haven't added this to HTML5, since we've only just gotten as far as 
getting drag and drop of files _in_ to HTML.

However, I've noted this for a future version.

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