I'm not sure whether to post this here or on Stackoverflow, as it's sort of a crossover. Let me give it a try.
In the proposed HTML5 standard, there's the option of storing web application data in a local cache using a cache manifest. I am looking to use this technique for an offline tiled web map application and did a quick prototype here based on a standard install of Geoserver.
I just ripped the OpenLayers client page that is generated from one of the default layers and changed the
<html> tag to
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" manifest="cache.manifest">
And created the file
cache.manifest which simply reads
CACHE MANIFEST http://lima.schaaltreinen.nl:8080/
Which should, in my limited understanding of the matter, locally cache everything that loads from that URL: all tiles and the OpenLayers JS. In fact, upon first call in Firefox, it does ask me to allow local storage, but when I hit refresh - either online or offline - the page croaks stating that the OpenLayers object is not defined. Looks like it hasn't loaded the OpenLayers JS.
Anyone successfully did a functioning offline OpenLayers-based tiled web map app? Or hints on how to investigate this further?