[whatwg] Submission progress

Jim Ley jim.ley at gmail.com
Sun Nov 7 10:59:38 PST 2004

On Sun, 7 Nov 2004 18:34:45 +0000, Afternoon <afternoon at uk2.net> wrote:
> This information should be displayed in a modal popup window, as the
> browser window or tab is locked during submission.

No, the browser window should not be locked, and no popup windows
should be used, certainly not by specification.  Form submissions have
never been modal in HTML, and there's no reason why this should change
now, users need the ability to cancel submissions, and by the simple
mechanism of navigating somewhere else, not clicking cancel on a
pointless dialog.

Equally, the upload is only a component of the time taken to perform a
post, with a countdown, the user will expect immediate response, even
if the server is going to spend a number of minutes processing the
>      * Webmail applications would be able to give the user an estimated
>        time until mail attachments are uploaded to the server

No they wouldn't, the modal window would be doing it, in any case rich
applications like this don't use single submission queues, but have
the submission going on in the background (by submitting a new frame,
with the active frame available immediately for normal use)

Popups annoy users.


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