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RfC: moving Web Storage to WG Note; deadline June 29

From: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:01:59 -0400
Message-ID: <4DFF28A7.7090307@nokia.com>
To: public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
Hi All,

Despite Web Storage bug 12111 now having a fix [1], the "elephant in the 
room" [2] for this spec is still the mutex issue encapsulated in the spec:


The use of the storage mutex to avoid race conditions is currently 
considered by certain implementors to be too high a performance burden, 
to the point where allowing data corruption is considered preferable.

Given: Indexed Database API provides an alternative to Web Storage, the 
relative severity of this issue, there is no plan to fix this issue, 
_this is a Request for Comments to stop work on this spec and for [1] 
(or a similar fix to bug 12111) to serve as the basis of a WG Note_ (as 
was done for the Web SQL Database spec).

One consequence of moving Storage to WG Note is that any spec that 
references Web Storage would need to change. The only spec I know of 
with such a dependency is the Widget Interface spec and it could solve 
this problem by copying those parts of the Storage spec that it needs 
(Marcos has done some preliminary analysis on this). If anyone knows of 
any other spec that references Web Storage, please let us know.

Comments on this proposal are welcome and please send them by June 27 at 
the latest.


[1] http://www.w3.org/2011/06/Web%20Storage.html
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_in_the_room
Received on Monday, 20 June 2011 11:02:30 UTC

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