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Re: ArrayBuffer and ByteArray questions

From: Eric Uhrhane <ericu@google.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:01:49 -0700
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=ONXqqo_ZdO7tQmqesEwMjna+OB-NggFDB=8wg@mail.gmail.com>
To: arun@mozilla.com
Cc: Darin Fisher <darin@chromium.org>, Kenneth Russell <kbr@google.com>, nathan@webr3.org, Jian Li <jianli@chromium.org>, Web Applications Working Group WG <public-webapps@w3.org>, Vladimir Vukicevic <vladimir@mozilla.com>
On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 6:53 PM, Arun Ranganathan <arun@mozilla.com> wrote:
> On 9/7/10 10:08 PM, Darin Fisher wrote:
>
> On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 5:23 PM, Kenneth Russell <kbr@google.com> wrote:
>>
>> On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 4:19 PM, Nathan <nathan@webr3.org> wrote:
>> > Jian Li wrote:
>> >>
>> >> Hi,
>> >>
>> >> Several specs, like File API and WebGL, use ArrayBuffer, while other
>> >> spec,
>> >> like XMLHttpRequest Level 2, use ByteArray. Should we change to use the
>> >> same
>> >> name all across our specs? Since we define ArrayBuffer in the Typed
>> >> Arrays
>> >> spec (
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> https://cvs.khronos.org/svn/repos/registry/trunk/public/webgl/doc/spec/TypedArray-spec.html),
>> >> should we favor ArrayBuffer?
>> >>
>> >> In addition, can we consider adding ArrayBuffer support to BlobBuilder,
>> >> FormData, and XMLHttpRequest.send()?
>> >
>> > which reminds me, I meant to ask if the aforementioned TypedArray spec
>> > should be brought in to webapps / w3c land? seems to complement the
>> > other
>> > base types used in webidl etc rather well + my gut reaction was why
>> > isn't
>> > this standardized within w3c?
>>
>> There's no particular reason why the Typed Array spec is being
>> standardized in the Khronos group, aside from the fact that these
>> array-like types originated in the WebGL spec and have evolved to meet
>> use cases specified by WebGL. We have been hoping that they would have
>> uses outside of WebGL, and some discussions have occurred with working
>> groups such as TC39 to see how they might be better specified and
>> standardized. We'd be open to hosting the spec development elsewhere.
>>
>> Vlad mentioned to me off-list that Mozilla has implemented an
>> experimental mozResponseArrayBuffer on XHR objects, and will likely do
>> the same on the File API to add a readAsArrayBuffer alongside
>> readAsBinaryString etc.
>>
>> -Ken
>>
>
>
> It sounds like ArrayBuffer is the name that is gaining traction (to circle
> back to Jian's original question about naming).
>
> In fact, readAsArrayBuffer / ArrayBuffer is used with FileReader, and will
> be the names going forward.  ArrayBuffer is gaining traction as the used
> name :)
>
> -- A*

I've added BlobBuilder.append(ArrayBuffer).

    Eric
Received on Thursday, 16 September 2010 23:02:34 GMT

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