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Re: [whatwg] Adding a btoa overload that takes Uint8Array

From: Kenneth Russell <kbr@google.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:29:02 -0800
Message-ID: <CAMYvS2egPi1cfVXv_D3odPO=zFRv4QL+9k-zTEk4kUAnhWSuww@mail.gmail.com>
To: Joshua Bell <jsbell@chromium.org>
Cc: whatwg <whatwg@whatwg.org>, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM, Joshua Bell <jsbell@chromium.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> wrote:
>> The problem I'm trying to solve is sending Unicode text to consumers who
>> need base64-encoded input.  Right now the only "sane" way to do it (and I
>> quote "sane" for obvious reasons) is something like the example at
>> https://developer.mozilla.org/**en-US/docs/DOM/window.btoa#**
>> Unicode_Strings<https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/DOM/window.btoa#Unicode_Strings>
>> It seems like it would be better if the output of a TextEncoder could be
>> passed directly to btoa.  But for that we need an overload of btoa that
>> takes a Uint8Array.
> FYI, I believe the last iteration on this topic ended with this message:
> http://lists.whatwg.org/htdig.cgi/whatwg-whatwg.org/2012-June/036372.html
> i.e. consensus that base64 should stay out of the Encoding API, but that it
> would be nice to have some form of base64 / Typed Array conversion API. But
> there were no concrete proposals beyond my strawman in that post.
> So: agreed, have at it!

Yes, adding an overload of btoa taking Uint8Array sounds good.
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