[whatwg] Zip archives as first-class citizens

Simon Pieters simonp at opera.com
Thu Aug 29 06:58:39 PDT 2013

On Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:02:48 +0200, Anne van Kesteren <annevk at annevk.nl>  

> On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:19 PM, Jake Archibald <jaffathecake at gmail.com>  
> wrote:
>> Causing a network error in existing browsers is a shame.

It seems to fail to resolve in IE10. It works in  
Gecko/WebKit/Blink/Presto: the %! is requested literally. However, both  
Apache and IIS seems to return 400 Bad Request.

>> It'd be great if
>> older browsers requested a url which included the zip location & the  
>> file
>> within, so the server could unpack the zip and deliver the right file.
>> Whereas modern browsers would request the zip & handle the unpacking
>> clientside. Although I guess that would break a load of stuff.
> Picking something that could occur in paths seems problematic.

I'm not sure why it's more problematic than something than could occur in  
the fragment.

For instance, the string "$zip=" is not present at all in  
http://webdevdata.org/ data set 18/06/2013. So maybe we could use a string  
like that in the path and have a graceful fallback path in legacy browsers  
that work in existing servers.

Simon Pieters
Opera Software

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