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Re: Moving File API: Directories and System API to Note track?

From: Kinuko Yasuda <kinuko@chromium.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:32:43 +0900
Message-ID: <CAMWgRNZoJFf--=TT4+zqXD=cZv_MWLorNwa8mU6vJF5qH_Ba-Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Eric U <ericu@google.com>
Cc: olli@pettay.fi, Web Applications Working Group WG <public-webapps@w3.org>
On Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 8:32 AM, Eric U <ericu@google.com> wrote:

> While I don't see any other browsers showing interest in implementing
> the FileSystem API as currently specced,


Just for the record, Blackberry, Tizen/EFL and Netfront seem to have some
support of FileSystem API.
EFL has also uploaded a new FileSystem API patch just a few days ago.
http://html5test.com/compare/feature/files-fileSystem.html

PhoneGap's File API is mostly compatible to the current FileSystem API.
http://docs.phonegap.com/en/1.5.0/phonegap_file_file.md.html#File


I do see Firefox coming
> around to the belief that a filesystem-style API is a good thing,
> hence their DeviceStorage API.  Rather than scrap the API that we've
> put 2 years of discussion and work into, why not work with us to
> evolve it to something you'd like more?  If you have objections to
> specific attributes of the API, wouldn't it be more efficient to
> change just those things than to start over from scratch?  Or worse,
> to have the Chrome filesystem API, the Firefox filesystem API, etc.?
>
> If I understand correctly, folks at Mozilla think having a directory
> abstraction is too heavy-weight, and would prefer users to slice and
> dice paths by hand.  OK, that's a small change, and the
> functionality's roughly equivalent.  We could probably even make
> migration fairly easy with a small polyfill.
>
> Jonas suggests FileHandle to replace FileWriter.  That's clearly not a
> move to greater simplicity, and no polyfill is possible, but it does
> open up the potential for higher perfomance, especially in a
> multi-process browser.  As i said when you proposed it, I'm
> interested, and we'd also like to solve the locking use cases.
>
> Let's talk about it, rather than throw the baby out with the bathwater.
>
>         Eric
>
> On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 4:04 AM, Olli Pettay <Olli.Pettay@helsinki.fi>
> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> >
> > I think we should discuss about moving File API: Directories and System
> API
> > from Recommendation track to Note. Mainly because the API hasn't been
> widely
> > accepted nor
> > implemented and also because there are other proposals which handle the
> same
> > use cases.
> > The problem with keeping the API in recommendation track is that people
> > outside
> > standardization world think that the API is the one which all the
> browsers
> > will implement and
> > as of now that doesn't seem likely.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -Olli
> >
>
>
Received on Monday, 24 September 2012 07:33:31 GMT

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