[whatwg] XML data islands related question

Jukka K. Korpela jkorpela at cs.tut.fi
Wed Aug 7 22:25:46 PDT 2013

2013-08-08 0:08, Ian Hickson wrote:

> 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.

Because there is no server to talk to when you’re a truly local HTML5 


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