[whatwg] Forms: <input type=file> and directory tree picking

Jonas Sicking jonas at sicking.cc
Sun Aug 4 22:55:15 PDT 2013

On Sun, Aug 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM, Glenn Maynard <glenn at zewt.org> wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 4, 2013 at 2:47 AM, Jonas Sicking <jonas at sicking.cc> wrote:
>> We can't do what you are suggesting for a plain <input type=file
>> multiple> since there's already a defined API for that, and that API
>> only exposes a .files property in the DOM.
> Sure we can; we can always add to that API, such as adding a getFileSystem()
> method.  A different @type may be better anyway, though.

We would also have to expose all files in the selected directory
through HTMLInputElement.files, which brings the performance issues
that Jonathan is talking about.

>> But we could certainly add some way to enable creating an <input>
>> which exposes files and directories in the DOM, rather than just
>> files. Doing that will depend on coming up with a filesystem proposal
>> which all parties actually agree on implementing, so far we don't have
>> such a proposal.
> Unless we think it won't ever happen, it'd be better to keep working towards
> that than to rush things and implement greedy recursion.

Help welcome.

/ Jonas

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