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CFC: Remove Application Cache from HTML5.1

From: Léonie Watson <tink@tink.uk>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 07:14:57 +0100
To: <public-html@w3.org>
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The WP chairs and HTML editors propose removing Application Cache from the
HTML5.1 specification.

This is a CFC to adopt this proposal to remove App Cache from HTML5.1 and
subsequent versions of HTML. If you have comments or concerns, please send
them to public-html@w3.org no later than 26th May 2016. Positive responses
are preferred and encouraged, but silence will be taken as agreement with
the proposal.

The rationale for:

1. App Cache does not do what developers expect, and although it has
multiple current implementations, browsers are turning to Service Worker as
a more useful solution for offline caching and resource management.

2. The definition of App Cache will remain (unchanged) in HTML5, and browser
vendors are unlikely to devote time and effort refining App Cache in future
versions of HTML.

3. Removing App Cache from HTML5.1 will help developers avoid adopting a
technology that is no longer being improved or enhanced, whilst leaving the
HTML5 definition as the de facto specification for agents wishing to
maintain compatibility.

The rationale against:

1. Web browsers will need to support App Cache for some time to come.

2. W3C should continue to define how App Cache implementation evolves and
fits in with new work.

Léonie on behalf of the WP chairs and HTML editors.

@LeonieWatson tink.uk Carpe diem
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