[webkit-dev] HTML notification usage

David Levin levin at chromium.org
Thu Jan 19 14:54:25 PST 2012

TLDR Sorry for the long delay in responding but the chromium folks need to
delay slight longer before giving a response.

On Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM, Kenneth Rohde Christiansen <
kenneth.christiansen at gmail.com> wrote:

> Could anyone brief explain the relation to
> http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/notifications/quick/
> and
> http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/WebNotifications/publish/Notifications.html
> ?
> I haven't followed the work with regard to notifications, so is that
> work dead or are we removing legacy code?

afaik Chromium is the only browser to support HTML notifications (maybe QT
does as well? I thought I saw some patch there) and I don't think any other
browser wants to support them. However other browsers are supporting text

There are some Chromium extensions that potentially use them, so that
creates some trouble for us to remove them but it doesn't necessarily make
it impossible.

> On Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM, Jon Lee <jonlee at apple.com> wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I've removed support for HTML notifications on the Mac via
> http://trac.webkit.org/changeset/105086. Does anyone find much usage for
> this kind of notification on their respective platforms? Would it be
> appropriate to remove support for this altogether?

We're discussing this with folks that have the biggest stake. We're working
as fast as we can and making progress in reaching a consensus -- thanks to
Jian Li -- (but have been slightly slowed down by the snow fall up here in
the Seattle are which has made our communications). Personally, I'd like to
get rid of them BUT that decision isn't up to me, so we need a few more
days to talk to people and come up with an appropriate course of action.
(If we want to get rid of it, we'll likely need to leave it in for a bit to
give users a little time to transition off of it.)

(Hopefully the snow will melt shortly and it will make people more

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