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

Adam Barth abarth at webkit.org
Mon Jun 27 13:58:52 PDT 2011

On Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 1:40 PM, Alexey Proskuryakov <ap at webkit.org> wrote:
> 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?

That sounds like an application-level decision.

In any case, I agree with Darin that the next step here is to try it
in a dev channel release.


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