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Cross Document Messaging Draft Question

From: Sunava Dutta <sunavad@windows.microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:36:33 -0700
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, "public-html-comments@w3.org" <public-html-comments@w3.org>
Message-ID: <083D18C6B9B71F4CBCA7B76D97B7483102C74525B0@NA-EXMSG-W601.wingroup.windeploy.ntdev.microsoft.com>
Looking at the current draft for cross document messaging<http://www.w3.org/html/wg/html5/#crossDocumentMessages>, I was wondering if there is any guidance on the scope for postMessage. Specifically, does the postMessage send data across tab/process boundaries? (If there is guidance here in an updated draft I apologize, can't seem to find it!)

Here are a few arguments/counter-arguments that come to mind...

*         Against allowing this: Limiting it to the same Tab would make it equivalent to IFRAM hack in IE functionality wise.( http://tagneto.blogspot.com/2006/06/cross-domain-frame-communication-with.html)

o     It would drastically reduce our attack surface without reducing its usefulness too much.

*         For allowing this: Granted it would be even more powerful if we allow postMessage to go across thread/process boundary.  Ensuring this feature is consistent with other DOM reach-ability will be architecturally sound. If a web developer can set window.location on a given target, being able to post a message to it would make sense.
I'm excited to hear thoughts here!

Sunava Dutta
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