Getting HTML5 going

Mark Waddingham mark at
Thu Mar 26 06:10:51 EDT 2020

On 2020-03-25 21:07, Mark Waddingham via use-livecode wrote:
> I will make a note to double-check the macOS AppStore rules in the
> next day or so (this is assuming you are thinking about macOS AppStore
> submission), but from memory they are very much aligned with the iOS
> AppStore ones in this regard (so my previous posts comments apply
> there too).

The relevant macOS AppStore guideline is this:

2.5.2. Apps should be self-contained in their bundles, and may not read 
or write data outside the designated container area, nor may they 
download, install, or execute code which introduces or changes features 
or functionality of the app, including other apps.

So this is less restrictive of the form of executable code which can 
downloaded compared to iOS; but the same in terms of what such downloads 
are allowed to do.


If you are producing Desktop software and *not* interested in submitting 
to the macOS AppStore then you can do whatever you want - i.e. you are 
free to live update your app whenever you want by downloading updated 
stackfiles which can do whatever you want them to do.

If you are producing Desktop software and *do* want to submit to the 
macOS AppStore then you can still download live updates, but you need to 
be wary of what those updates are doing as mentioned in my previously 

There is a tendency, I think, to vastly overthink this.

The reality is that you lose nothing by being slightly restricted in 
terms of what live updates are allowed to do in an AppStore context!

Part of the point of AppStores is to make it easier for users to find, 
install and keep their apps up to date. From a user perspective, 
updating an app is as easy as clicking a button when they are told there 
is an update and a little while later they will have an updated app.

Warmest Regards,


Mark Waddingham ~ mark at ~
LiveCode: Everyone can create apps

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