[whatwg] API for encoding/decoding ArrayBuffers into text

Jonas Sicking jonas at sicking.cc
Tue Mar 13 15:49:12 PDT 2012

Hi All,

Something that has come up a couple of times with content authors
lately has been the desire to convert an ArrayBuffer (or part thereof)
into a decoded string. Similarly being able to encode a string into an
ArrayBuffer (or part thereof).

Something as simple as

DOMString decode(ArrayBufferView source, DOMString encoding);
ArrayBufferView encode(DOMString source, DOMString encoding,
[optional] ArrayBufferView destination);

would go a very long way. The question is where to stick these
functions. Internationalization doesn't have a obvious object we can
hang functions off of (unlike, for example crypto), and the above
names are much too generic to turn into global functions.


/ Jonas

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