The question is based on this issue in Chromium. It is marked as
Do you see any reason to block a local html file from accessing another local html file located in the same folder?
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I know this is an old question, but I didn't see this important fact mentioned anywhere:
Chrome allows you to add a folder on your file system as a local Web application. Once you do that, files in that folder no longer need to be accessed through the
True, you need to write a small, three-line
I don't know the real answer, but here's a good guess:
It's common to use File -> Save As... to save HTML to a file. Often users will save HTML files from different web sites to the same directory (perhaps named "Downloads"). Allowing one of these files to access the other (and possibly upload it somewhere) would be a privacy leak.
Since there are more users than developers and users are less security-aware on average, protecting users probably seems more important.
Even without this feature, it's still possible to create web applications that work offline. See: http://diveintohtml5.org/offline.html