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What is the difference between HTML 5 Application Cache and regular HTML Browser Cache?

February 22, 2014

One of the key features of HTML 5 is “Application Cache” that enables us to make an offline version of a web application. It allows to fetch few or all of website contents such as HTML files, CSS, images, JavaScript, etc. locally. This feature speeds up the site performance. This is achieved with the help of a manifest file defined as follows:

 <!doctype html>

<html manifest=”example.appcache”>

…..

</html>

 As compared with traditional browser caching, it’s not compulsory for the user to visit website contents to be cached.