Xcelsius does not have a built-in feature that allows the storage of local data, a commonly requested piece of functionality. Up until very recently there has been no really easy way to accomplish it with simple client tools, and one way or another it required jumping through several hoops. Fortunately, HTML 5 brings us a feature called localStorage, which allows HTML pages to store data locally across browser sessions and after the closing of the browser window. This is one of many capabilities that HTML5 brings to the table, transforming the browser into a tool with much more potential for serving up fast, more powerful and lightweight applications.
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The drawbacks- HTML5 is not close to being a finalized standard and most browsers in operation only support a subset of HTML 5. Has this stopped people from using it yet or gearing towards it? Not really. However, for most large organizations and developers reaching large audiences with RIA technology, it is a very significant drawback that would still have to be worked around. Cross-browser compatibility support is not a task that I ever miss or that I like to have to factor in when developing, which is why I’m a Flex developer and Flash advocate.
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Evan DeLodder is CTO at Centigon Solutions, an SAP Partner focused on the development of cutting edge mapping technologies in the Business Intelligence space. To learn more about him, please visit our Gurus page