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CfC: publish LCWD of File API; deadline August 23

From: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:35:19 -0400
Message-ID: <520E1C87.7090501@nokia.com>
To: public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
Arun proposed (see below) WebApps publish a Last Call Working Draft of 
File API and this is a Call for Consensus to do so, using the following 
ED as the basis:

<http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/FileAPI/>

This CfC satisfies the group's requirement to "record the group's 
decision to request advancement" for this LCWD. Note the Process 
Document states the following regarding the significance/meaning of a LCWD:

[[
http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/tr.html#last-call

Purpose: A Working Group's Last Call announcement is a signal that:

* the Working Group believes that it has satisfied its relevant 
technical requirements (e.g., of the charter or requirements document) 
in the Working Draft;

* the Working Group believes that it has satisfied significant 
dependencies with other groups;

* other groups SHOULD review the document to confirm that these 
dependencies have been satisfied. In general, a Last Call announcement 
is also a signal that the Working Group is planning to advance the 
technical report to later maturity levels.
]]

The proposed review period for this LC is 4 weeks.

There are two open [Bugs] for this spec.

If you have any comments or concerns about this CfC, please send them to 
public-webapps@w3.org by August 23 at the latest. Positive response is 
preferred and encouraged and silence will be considered as agreement 
with the proposal.

-Thanks, AB

[Bugs] <http://tinyurl.com/Bugs-FileAPI>


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	File* Specifications | Status and some Promises
Resent-Date: 	Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:50:25 +0000
Resent-From: 	<public-webapps@w3.org>
Date: 	Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:49:38 -0400
From: 	ext Arun Ranganathan <arun@mozilla.com>
To: 	Web Applications Working Group WG <public-webapps@w3.org>



Greetings WG,

There are three moving proposals in the File* arena, and I thought I'd catpure what these are and what the status of these are.

1. The File API, currently updated as editor's draft at http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/FileAPI/

Review strongly encouraged :)  Notable fixes are:

i. A File constructor has been added, which has been a longstanding request.
ii. A new static method on URL called URL.createAndRevoke has been added that gets defaults right, and does away with autoRevoke, which nobody implemented for URL.createObjectURL.
iii. A Blob URL Store and a Revocation List, useful for URL Fetch (see https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=17765).

This draft should be ready for LC and should be considered the File API v1.

2. Re-writing File APi to be Promises based, which should be considered a v2.  The biggest departure from the current state of technology here would really be that we can have Promises right off the Blob itself, which is zeitgeist thinking about these things (and admittedly makes life easier than an XHR-inspired FileReader, which will be made legacy).  The best stab at a strawperson was this one by Jonas:

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webapps/2013AprJun/0727.html

But Stream itself temporarily lives here without too much implementation backbone: https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/streams-api/raw-file/tip/Overview.htm

I think we *should* have a Promises-based File API off of Blob, but I'm not totally sure about the Stream API as it is currently written; I'm amenable to editing the File API v2 portion, modulo our proposal for Stream.

3. Then there's the FileSystem API, currently discussed here: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-script-coord/2013JulSep/0379.html

This was the upshot of discussions on this listserv, as well as internally at Mozilla.  I'm amenable to editing this, which is separate but related to 1. and 2.

-- A*
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