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Re: Let's turn WebDatabase into a WG Note

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 13:44:26 +0100
To: "Adrian Bateman" <adrianba@microsoft.com>, "Maciej Stachowiak" <mjs@apple.com>, "robert@ocallahan.org" <robert@ocallahan.org>
Cc: "Nikunj R. Mehta" <nikunj.mehta@oracle.com>, "public-webapps WG" <public-webapps@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.u3o1ocgjwxe0ny@widsith.local>
On Fri, 20 Nov 2009 06:23:38 +0100, Adrian Bateman  
<adrianba@microsoft.com> wrote:

> ...As I noted at TPAC, at Microsoft we don't think we'll collectively be  
> able to achieve reasonable interop because of the SQL dialect issue ... 
> it seems unlikely that there will be two independent interoperable  
> implementations at the SQL level which makes moving to Last Call  
> potentially problematic...

I expect to see interoperable implementations from Opera and Apple/Chrome  
- so although you can argue that iPhone-Safari and Safari are hardly  
independent, I think we will easily get a couple of truly independent  
interoperable versions.

That said, given the current reluctance of MS and Mozilla to implement, it  
does seem unlikely that this will achieve reliable interoperability on the  
Web at large.

> I do wonder whether it might make sense to include an editor's note in  
> the WD indicating that independent implementations of the SQL dialect  
> aren't currently anticipated just so that anyone unfamiliar with this  
> conversation would be aware from the spec.

I think the spec should be more careful, stating something like "we do not  
currently anticipate that browsers will all implement the spec", and  
pointing to the WebSimpleDB as a *more likely* implementation based on  
current knowledge.



Charles McCathieNevile  Opera Software, Standards Group
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