[whatwg] Status bars and progress indicators

Matthew Thomas mpt at myrealbox.com
Mon Sep 20 21:34:33 PDT 2004

On 21 Sep, 2004, at 2:23 PM, Afternoon wrote:
> ...
> it is also in the user's interest for the interface to be 
> straightforward and not to add confusion by duplicating controls.

Sure, but that's not quite as important as protecting people from 
having their passwords stolen.

> In addition, the functions performed by certain controls may be 
> totally inappropriate to the current application stage, for example 
> the refresh control becomes a dangerous liability just after a user 
> has submitted their credit card details and placed an order.

Protecting people from such duplicate submissions can be, and is, 
handled by UAs.

> An application should have the flexibility to provide users with the 
> controls they need to operate that application, no more, no less.
> ...

If all Web authors were trustworthy, that would be possible.

Matthew Thomas

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