[whatwg] Uploading directories of files

Jeremy Orlow jorlow at chromium.org
Fri Dec 11 02:33:23 PST 2009

On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 2:30 AM, Markus Ernst <derernst at gmx.ch> wrote:

> Jeremy Orlow schrieb:
>  On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 12:47 AM, Anne van Kesteren <annevk at opera.com
>     And I mean that if it is important to application developers we
>>    should make it available as a feature and not endorse some plug-in
>>    dependency.
>> I (and I think most of us) strongly agree.  That's the whole point of
>> standardization.  :-)
>> Personally, I don't think the case Markus pointed out is at all a show
>> stopper.  In the case of images, the server could easily recognize and
>> reconcile duplicates (by hashing them and looking for duplicate hashes or
>> something).  If the image has been tweaked some in the mean time, the EXIF
>> data can help.  And so on....this seems like the type of thing clever
>> developers can work around.
>> But regardless.....I don't think you could argue that having _some_ path
>> information is worse than _none_, right?
>> I also agree with Jonas that if some path information is added, it might
>> be better to create a new property (other than .name) for it.
>> And, with or without that extra property, I think what Ian's suggesting
>> would be useful to users.
> Yes I see Anne's and your points. Anyway I don't see yet how to get
> _useful_ path information, as the same file can be posted as /a/b/1.jpg, and
> at the next occasion as 1.jpg or /b/1.jpg, just based on where in the upload
> dialog you did make the start point.
> Relying on information contained in the uploaded file does not seem to make
> sense to me, as you might want to upload a new file with the same name in
> order to replace the old one.

The information in the path could be seen as a hint that may or may not be
provided.  I feel like it'd be difficult security wise to guarantee that the
hint will be there and/or consistent from upload to upload.  But, once
again, some hint is better than none, right?  If you as a web developer
don't think it's useful, you can ignore it, right?
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