[whatwg] Zip archives as first-class citizens

Robin Berjon robin at w3.org
Fri Sep 13 03:32:43 PDT 2013

On 29/08/2013 15:58 , Simon Pieters wrote:
> On Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:02:48 +0200, Anne van Kesteren <annevk at annevk.nl>
> wrote:
>> 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.

That's not exactly promising.

>> 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.

That's my preferred approach so far. However I wonder about the precise 

Assuming <img src="/foo.zip/$zip=dahut.png"> I'm guessing that the 
browser would actually just request "/foo.zip" from the server in the 
same manner that fragments are stripped, right? Somehow the stripping 
bothers me a bit; for instance, what would Navigation Controller see?

I wonder if we couldn't just use the query part for this: <img 
src="/foo.zip?!zip/dahut.png">. No stripping is needed (as far as I know 
servers would normally just serve foo.zip in this case), which 
simplifies the model.

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon

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