[whatwg] Web Storage: apparent contradiction in spec

Jeremy Orlow jorlow at chromium.org
Wed Sep 2 16:09:04 PDT 2009

On Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 4:50 AM, Jens Alfke <snej at google.com> wrote:

> On Sep 2, 2009, at 11:36 AM, Peter Kasting wrote:
>  It still seems like you are interpreting this statement as saying that the
>> UA must not allow users to keep/clear cookies separately from Local Storage
>> data.
> Yes; that seemed the most direct interpretation of its language.
>  While on the face of it that seems like a possible interpretation, I think
>> it's clear that this would be a lousy user experience and detrimental to
>> developers as well.  Therefore I am convinced that the intent of the
>> statement is to say that UAs must give users the same _abilities_ to see and
>> clear Local Storage data as they already have with cookies, not that the two
>> things should always be lumped together and made indistinguishable.
> Then we are in violent agreement :) Good. As a newbie here I was less
> inclined to give the spec the benefit of the doubt than you were.
> So do the rest of us agree about what the statement should mean? And if so,
> how could it be rephrased to say that more unambiguously? I think Peter's
> quote above is a good start.

The fact that we talked about this so long demonstrates how unclear it is.
 I agree that Peter's reading is one possible interpretation, but I worry
that not everyone will read and implement it that way.  An extra sentence or
two would go a long way.
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