[webkit-dev] Followup on removing webkitNotifications.createHTMLNotification

Adam Barth abarth at webkit.org
Wed Jan 23 00:58:51 PST 2013

On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:45 AM, Andrew Wilson <atwilson at google.com> wrote:
> Hmmm. Does FeatureObserver detect features invoked from web apps like Gmail?


> Because I'm fairly certain that Gmail and Google Calendar still use
> webkitNotifications for their notifications. Not to say that we shouldn't
> land this patch anyway - just pointing out that this may still be used more
> often than your stats would indicate.

As Morrita-san writes:

On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:50 AM, Hajime Morrita <morrita at google.com> wrote:
> It looks the patch is removing a specific API called
> createHTMLNotification().
> Unless these apps are showing HTML-based notification, it should keep
> working even after this change.

If Gmail is still using the vendor-prefixed webkitNotifications
version of the API, they should update to the unprefixed "new
Notification" version of the API, which is implemented by a number of
different browsers.

I know there's some amount of confusion about the current status of
the web notification APIs.  I'm working with Chrome's developer
relation folks to update our various pieces of documentation and


> On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 1:47 AM, Adam Barth <abarth at webkit.org> wrote:
>> As discussed in February 2012 [1], we have been deprecating the
>> webkitNotifications.createHTMLNotification API for almost a year.
>> According to FeatureObserver, the API is used in only 0.0008% of web
>> page views, indicating that we have been successful in depreciating
>> it.  I've posted a patch to remove it:
>> https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=107598
>> Thanks,
>> Adam
>> [1] http://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-dev/2012-February/019354.html
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