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This new capability allows web-based applications to access and manage files stored on a local hard disk
Interesting is the fact that Internet Explorer 8 won't be supporting HTML5 but it will be supported by FireFox and Chrome.
Is dated Nov 2008 and states that it is considered for Beta, but things may change.
States clearly: "Internet Explorer 8 includes features designed to more closely support industry standards, such as the HTML 4.01 Specification . This article describes these features, and provides guidance for incorporating them into your Web sites."
There is a HUGE difference between HTML 4.01 and HTML 5!
IE8 supports some HTML 5 features, but not all. There is a table that lists HTML compatibility per browser: http://www.quirksmode.org/dom/html5...iorgio/archive/2009/11/29/ie8-and-html-5.aspx
The article refers to HTML 5 but notes: "We also understand that developers want to build richer Web experiences with great interoperability, so we started delivering support for some of the features from the HTML 5 Working Draft."