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Re: [whatwg] XML data islands related question

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 06:13:21 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Jukka K. Korpela" <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Message-ID: <alpine.DEB.2.00.1308080611460.27623@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
Cc: whatwg@lists.whatwg.org
On Thu, 8 Aug 2013, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
> 2013-08-08 0:08, Ian Hickson wrote:
> > On Tue, 6 Aug 2013, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
> > > 2013-08-06 17:45, Ian Hickson wrote:
> > > 
> > > > > If such an application needs some bulk of text data, it can be 
> > > > > included e.g. in <script type=text/plain>...</script> but not in 
> > > > > a separate plain text file (included into the application 
> > > > > distribution, along with other files) referred to via <script 
> > > > > src=...></script>. This is a frustrating restriction and makes 
> > > > > it more difficult to maintain and customize application. If an 
> > > > > external plain text file could be used, the data content could 
> > > > > be separately managed (requiring knowledge only about the format 
> > > > > used).
> > > > 
> > > > I'm not sure what you mean by "application distribution". Why 
> > > > can't a text/plain file by included the same way an image/png file 
> > > > is included?
> > > 
> > > It can be included as a file, but it cannot be used. I can't "read" 
> > > it. That is the point. I can use an <img> element referring to an 
> > > image file, but I cannot refer to a simple plain text file (or an 
> > > XML file) in an HTML document in a manner that lets me process its 
> > > content in scripting. I can only include it via <iframe> or 
> > > <object>, but that's different from accessing its content.
> > 
> > I don't understand why XHR doesn't work for you.
> 
> Because there is no server to talk to when you’re a truly local HTML5 
> application.

XHR uses the same underlying logic as <img src=""> and <script src="">. If 
you're able to conjur a file up for <img src=""> or <script src="">, then 
I don't see why you wouldn't be able to conjur it up for XHR. Could you 
elaborate on exactly what you mean by "truly local HTML5 application"? I 
cannot see what setup you mean where one would work and not the other, per 
the specs today.

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