[webkit-dev] Removing HTML notifications from WebKit (Was: Web Notifications API)

Adam Barth abarth at webkit.org
Wed Feb 8 21:24:26 PST 2012

On Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 7:50 PM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com> wrote:
> On Feb 8, 2012, at 6:15 PM, Aaron Boodman wrote:
>> On Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 4:58 PM, Jon Lee <jonlee at apple.com> wrote:
>>> 2. Remove HTML notifications.
>>> It has been removed from the spec, and we don't intend on ever supporting
>>> HTML notifications. I brought this issue up before; is there an update on
>>> this front from any other platforms?
>> HTML notifications are a pretty popular feature in Chrome's extension
>> system. As of a few months ago:
>> * 614 extensions in our web store use createHTMLNotification
>> * 72 have more than 10k users
>> * 14 have more than 100k users
>> * 3 have more than 500k users
>> * 6.7M total actextension installs
>> We can move developers off of this API, but not overnight. Is it
>> possible to come up with a slower deprecation plan than "immediately"?
> Since HTML notifications are already under a separate feature flag, it's probably practical to keep them around for a while, and just not include them in the proposed updated API. Do you have a suggestion for what might be a reasonable deprecation timeline?

Unrelated to timeline, it might be worthwhile to make
createHTMLNotification a runtime-enabled feature so that we can avoid
offering it to the web at large and possibly restrict it to only a
whitelisted set of extensions.


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