[whatwg] Zip archives as first-class citizens

Anne van Kesteren annevk at annevk.nl
Thu Sep 5 01:26:10 PDT 2013

On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 7:18 AM, Alex Russell <slightlyoff at google.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM, Jonas Sicking <jonas at sicking.cc> wrote:
>> I have two concerns with the scheme-based approach.
>> * It dramatically complicates origin handling. This is something we've
>> seen multiple times in gecko and something that I expect authors will
>> struggle with too.
>> * It makes it impossible to have create a relative URL from inside the
>> zip file to refer to something on the same server but outside of the
>> zip file. Since anything outside of the zip file uses a different
>> scheme, it means that you have to use an absolute URL. Not even URLs
>> starting with "/" nor "//" can be used.
> Apologies for being late to the thread. Just wanted to agree with both of
> these points. This only seems valuable to me if we can do it in the context
> of http(s)://.

I don't see how that relates to the points. The sub-scheme approach
still works with HTTP. Origin handling would be more complicated.

Anyway, unless someone volunteers I'll write up a comparison of the
various approaches in due course. Meanwhile, I'd still be very much
interested in hearing implementer interest as without multi-vendor
buy-in this whole exercise is futile. Mozillians appears in favor.
Googlers appear somewhat reluctant, and everyone else is silent.


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