[whatwg] Multiple file download

Jose Fandos iaminlondon at gmail.com
Tue Feb 23 13:34:36 PST 2010

On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 9:11 PM, Jonas Sicking <jonas at sicking.cc> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 10:45 AM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky at mit.edu> wrote:
> > On 2/23/10 1:12 PM, Jose Fandos wrote:
> >>
> >>    2)  A multipart response with the files as parts, each part having
> >>    "Content-Disposition: attachment".
> >>
> >>
> >> as far as I know, and I could be wrong, this would suffer from what I
> >> described in a), i.e. there would be a dialog propping up to accept each
> >> downloaded file.
> >
> > Currently yes, but that seems like a UI issue, not a spec issue. Nothing
> > _requires_ that behavior of UAs.
> >
> > I'd prefer just having a header in multipart responses to flag that all
> the
> > files should probably be saved to the same location, or fixing UAs to
> only
> > prompt once, to inventing yet another package format here.
> Indeed, if this can be fixed with no changes to specs that would be ideal.
> For a multipart response it seems like the UA is free to prompt in any
> way it sees fit. However one problem with a multipart response is that
> the UA doesn't know the number of files, or their types and sizes,
> until all files have been downloaded, right? If there was a way to
> indicate this information up front then I think we're good to go.
> / Jonas

Definitely a step in the right direction. I'll file a bug for Firefox...
what about Chrome/Safari/Opera?

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