[whatwg] Multiple file download

Ashley Sheridan ash at ashleysheridan.co.uk
Tue Feb 23 02:33:58 PST 2010

On Tue, 2010-02-23 at 10:10 +0000, Jose Fandos wrote:

> Currently there are implementations allowing multiple file upload
> without the need for flash or java applets.
> What doesn't seem to be there, unless a java applet is used (haven't
> come across one using flash) is the multiple file download. Even
> Google Docs uses a zip file to download multiple files.
> Was wondering if this could be made part of the standard. If something
> like resource packages were used, the server would still be sending
> one file which could be heavily compressed, letting the UA to
> decompress and display as if a bunch of files had been downloaded
> separately.
> /J

Do any browsers support the resource packages link you gave?

As for multiple file download in the manner you describe, that would
require some pretty big changes to the http protocol as far as I can
tell, as it is there that this sort of thing is handled.


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