[whatwg] password option for window.prompt?

Kristof Zelechovski giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl
Tue May 22 00:47:12 PDT 2007

And besides, the bookmarklet uses the javascript protocol, which, IIRC, is
designed to produce a new document on the fly, not to modify the current
one.  I do not think that a bookmarklet should be permitted to access the
document that is being displayed in the browser.  You can say "javascript:
"<html ><head ><title ></title ></head
><body ></body >&lt/html >"", but you should not say
"javascript: document.location.href = "something"" because there
is no document to modify the location of.
It should really be a browser extension, not a bookmarklet.  And there
should no problem with presenting a password dialogue box from a browser
extension.  It is nice of Mr. Udell to share his opinions with the working
group; it would be even nicer if he paid attention to what already is there
in the specification.
Best regards

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Subject: Re: [whatwg] password option for window.prompt?

On Tue, 3 May 2005, Jon Udell wrote:
> what: a password option for window.prompt
> why: http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2005/05/03.html#a1227


I have a number of concerns about this idea:

 * It's main use case, as described above, is as a workaround for a user 
   agent issue, not a Web issue (the prompt isn't on a Web page).

 * We're trying to phase out modal prompts based on usability study 
   results that show that users don't understand nor like them.

 * There hasn't been much demand for it.

 * There are workarounds (as you mention on the blog post itself, you 
   could create a "real" Web page version of this).

Because of those, I haven't added it to the spec. However, it's an 
interesting idea, and I will keep it in mind in the light of other 
requests, to see if there are other problems it would solve, or if this 
problem can be solved in ways that help other problems too.

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