[whatwg] XML data islands related question

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Aug 7 14:08:54 PDT 2013

On Tue, 6 Aug 2013, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
> 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.

I don't understand why XHR doesn't work for you.

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