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[Bug 12620] New: 5MB isn't enough

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Date: Fri, 06 May 2011 05:42:48 +0000
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-12620-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=12620

           Summary: 5MB isn't enough
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: oscargodson@gmail.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


In regards to Disk Space:

The spec is amazing. It really is. It allows us, developers, to create some
cool things without having to know complicated DB/SQL APIs. I know SQL and
NoSQL DBs like Mongo and Couch and what I love about localStorage is that I
personally can write my own wrapper and store data however I want. It's an
empty bucket, or a blank piece of paper if you will. There is one issue with it
tho. 5MBs is NOT enough to start in the long run. 5MBs is great for a cookie
replacement, but localStorage can be so much more. With LS we can store base64
encoded media like images, video, and audio. Think about having a completely
offline Photoshop that saves images as base64 encoded data!

Right now most vendors DONT allow us to increase the space even if we want to.
I think 10MBs would be a better start and if they want to increase it, it
should be a spec requirement to allow the end user to increase it.

Currently browser vendors say increasing it would be a bad idea because the end
user has to wait for entire localStorage repo to load which is nonsense. They
can make it an asynchronous API to the browser. A user sets or gets and item it
then queries the browser to retrieve the data. Because it's all on the client
side the responses will be almost instantaneous.

Please, give us more, or at the very least, more control over how much data we
want to store.

Thanks! I'd love to hear your feedback. Here is a blog post i wrote about this
issue back in January:
http://oscargodson.posterous.com/localstorage-and-where-it-failed

Oscar Godson
oscargodson@gmail.com
@oscargodson

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