[whatwg] Web Storage: apparent contradiction in spec

Adrian Sutton adrian.sutton at ephox.com
Tue Sep 1 00:11:32 PDT 2009

On 01/09/2009 00:14, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sure, the ones using it for tracking that care *that much* will use
> other solutions anyway.  But people who just want some persistent
> storage as part of their app, because it's useful to their users, will
> use the browser-native solution if it works.  If LocalStorage is
> explicitly supposed to be as ephemeral of cookies, though, that will
> push people towards stuff like Flash LocalStorage instead.

No one in their right mind would use flash LocalStorage for user critical
data.  It's great for tracking because most users don't know how to clear
it, but because user's don't know about it they also don't back it up or
transfer it to new computers/browsers etc.

Besides which, there are already very popular UAs that have no support for
Flash and thus no Flash LocalStorage.  It would be nice to not create the
same privacy hole on those platforms.


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