The main reason to use an archive (other than the space-savings) for me is
to be able to transfer tens of thousands of small items that go into
producing WebGL applications of non trivial scope.

On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 1:27 PM, Robin Berjon <> wrote:

> On 03/05/2013 21:05 , Florian Bösch wrote:
>> It can be implemented by a JS library, but the three reasons to let the
>> browser provide it are Convenience, speed and integration.
> Also, one of the reasons we compress things is because they're big.*
> Unpacking in JS is likely to mean unpacking to memory (unless the blobs are
> smarter than that), whereas the browser has access to strategies to
> mitigate this, e.g. using temporary files.
> Another question to take into account here is whether this should only be
> about zip. One of the limitations of zip archives is that they aren't
> streamable. Without boiling the ocean, adding support for a streamable
> format (which I don't think needs be more complex than tar) would be a big
> plus.
> * Captain Obvious to the rescue!
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> Robin Berjon - - @robinberjon

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