[whatwg] salvaging work while navigating away from a web app -- onunload="confirm('save before quitting?')

Andy Lyttle whatwg at phroggy.com
Sun Dec 14 14:40:11 PST 2008

> On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 10:30 PM, Martin Atkins  
> <mart at degeneration.co.uk> wrote:
>> An alternative from Opera:
>> The confirm dialog is whole-browser-modal, but it has a checkbox  
>> captioned
>> "Stop executing scripts on this page" which allows you to  
>> forcefully kill
>> off a script that's repeatedly displaying dialogs as in the  
>> example that
>> prompted this message.
> neither of these bother me. and i'm certainly in favor of adding a
> stop option to the dialogs for firefox.
> it's definitely managable. today some of our dialogs get an extra
> 'debug script' button under certain conditions.
> The only concern I have is that someone from UE/UI will complain that
> such a button will confuse people, as it becomes trivial for a user to
> break any web site and not necessarily understand that what they did
> was the cause. However, that's a bridge I'm willing to try to cross.

I think enabling the button only after multiple repeated dialogs  
would be a reasonable compromise, perhaps with an "Are you sure?"  

Andy Lyttle
whatwg at phroggy.com

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