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Re: Blobs: An alternate (complementary?) binary data proposal (Was: File IO...)

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 04:15:01 +0000 (UTC)
To: Aaron Boodman <aa@google.com>
Cc: "Web API WG (public)" <public-webapi@w3.org>, Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0805100404170.16669@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Wed, 7 May 2008, Aaron Boodman wrote:
> Charles wrote:
> > Opera has a proposal for a specification that would revive (and 
> > supersede) the file upload API that has been lingering so long as a 
> > work item.

I would echo the other comments people have made regarding the security 
model being the important aspect of this kind of area.


> The Gears team has also been putting together a proposal for file access 
> which overlaps in some ways with Opera's, but is also orthogonal in some 
> ways:
> 
> http://code.google.com/p/google-gears/wiki/BlobWebAPIPropsal

I do like the general approach here. I especially like the way that it 
combines the Mozilla extensions with a generic mechanism that applies 
across multiple APIs. I'm not sure I like the way that the bytes are made 
accessible, but that's a minor detail really. (In particular, I'd like to 
see plain text APIs to treat a blob according to a particular encoding.)

This seems like it would be something we may want defined in a small spec 
and then used by many others (like progress events) -- one spec to define 
Blob, and then the other specs to use it (like XHR and HTML5/WF2).

Do we have the resources to have someone champion this spec?

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