[whatwg] Web Storage: apparent contradiction in spec

Peter Kasting pkasting at google.com
Thu Sep 3 15:36:49 PDT 2009

On Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 6:49 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage at gmail.com> wrote:

> You could just *not* specify that LocalStorage is worthless for
> anything but a cache.

This seems like a severe overstatement given the current spec.  It's not
"worthless".  It won't be guaranteed to be thrown away all the time
automatically like cookies are (due to browsers having what turn out to be
low global and per-site limits).  Users will have the ability to delete it,
but it won't be silently lumped in with cookies.

All the spec really says is that UAs should note to their users that sites
can keep data about them in Local Storage.  This isn't grounds for a

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