[whatwg] XML data islands related question

Jukka K. Korpela jkorpela at cs.tut.fi
Tue Aug 6 09:27:03 PDT 2013

2013-08-06 17:45, Ian Hickson wrote:

>> If such an application needs some bulk of text data, it can be included
>> e.g. in <script type=text/plain>...</script> but not in a separate plain
>> text file (included into the application distribution, along with other
>> files) referred to via <script src=...></script>. This is a frustrating
>> restriction and makes it more difficult to maintain and customize
>> application. If an external plain text file could be used, the data
>> content could be separately managed (requiring knowledge only about the
>> format used).
> I'm not sure what you mean by "application distribution". Why can't a
> text/plain file by included the same way an image/png file is included?

It can be included as a file, but it cannot be used. I can't "read" it. 
That is the point. I can use an <img> element referring to an image 
file, but I cannot refer to a simple plain text file (or an XML file) in 
an HTML document in a manner that lets me process its content in 
scripting. I can only include it via <iframe> or <object>, but that's 
different from accessing its content.


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