[whatwg] Web Storage: apparent contradiction in spec

Jeremy Orlow jorlow at chromium.org
Mon Aug 31 11:24:27 PDT 2009

On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 11:18 AM, Peter Kasting <pkasting at google.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 11:12 AM, Jeremy Orlow <jorlow at chromium.org>wrote:
>> Yes, this is pretty disconcerting since there's been OVERWHELMING support
>> for LocalStorage being treated as user-critical on this thread.
> The spec says basically what you want except that it uses "should".  It
> seems like UAs and authors would both be satisfied with this; I don't expect
> any UA vendor to wantonly discard local storage data.

If some platforms don't treat local storage as sacred, it's unlikely web
developers are going to program one version for flash/whatever and one
version for local storage on browsers that meet their requirements.
 Especially since the only way you could treat these differently is by user
agent detection which has historically been a bad thing for the web.
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