[whatwg] modal and modeless windows

Hallvord Reiar Michaelsen Steen hallvord at hallvord.com
Mon Jun 27 01:42:32 PDT 2005

On 26 Jun 2005 at 20:06, Karl Pongratz wrote:

>  I am talking about applications where it is harmful or where it
> doesn't make sense to display the form again or to access it via the web
> browser history.

That web application should be re-written.

* "Back" is simple and usable
The "Back" button idiom is spreading from the web into normal 
applications. For example, there is a big, prominent "back" button in 
Windows XP's UI in many control panel features.

* "Back" can enhance your web app with features the users want
Just a few days ago I had to type much more than necessary to 
schedule several bills with different reference numbers because my 
online bank app does not allow me to use back button and edit data. 
What if it had detected a "double submit" and given me the option of 
adding a new payment or updating the previously scheduled payment? 
That's just one example of a situation where the user really wants 
some functionality provided by the back button and the app should 
Hallvord Reiar Michaelsen Steen

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