[webkit-dev] The case for disallowing alerts in unload, redux

Alexey Proskuryakov ap at webkit.org
Mon Jun 27 13:40:45 PDT 2011

26.06.2011, в 19:37, Sreeram Ramachandran написал(а):

>> I'm not sure if historically browsers were often taking the liberty of crippling widely used features in this way. We didn't kill marquee, for instance. For another example, I know that a lot of users dislike animated GIFs, and yet we haven't removed support for those.
> Yet, we killed the blink tag and block popups. I don't think there's a
> clear consistency here. Some things we deem to have crossed the line,
> some we don't. In this case, Ian Hickson has suggested that blocking
> alerts might be worth codifying into the standard
> (https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=56397#c15).

These examples are both somewhat different from blocking alerts as proposed:
- Killing blink hardly removed any semantic meaning from pages.
- Killing pop-ups did, so browsers have super accessible preferences and/or notifications for that. Note how Safari has the preference right in application menu.

Perhaps the pop-up preference should be extended (and renamed) to cover the proposed behavior?

- WBR, Alexey Proskuryakov

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