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Yeah, basically it would've had to specify all of SQL, or to say "do what SQLite does", and neither option was very palatable to all the parties. Some browsers [1] did implement WebSQL before it was formally abandoned, though.

[1] http://caniuse.com/#feat=sql-storage

Some browsers can use Open Source libraries, some simply cannot , for whatever reasons. Yet formally we need at least two independent implementations of the same thing in order the spec to get Recommendation status.

So each UA (a.k.a. browser) has to implement any SQL spec from scratch adding its own SQL flavor.

In fact I am pretty sure that it is possible to add some basic SQL features by JS on top of IndexedDB. It should be such things already I think.

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