[whatwg] HTML extension for system idle detection.
snej at google.com
Sun Sep 13 10:13:17 PDT 2009
On Sep 13, 2009, at 9:51 AM, Aryeh Gregor wrote:
> As far as I know, web
> apps have no way to get the user's attention if they aren't using the
> web app, do they?
GMail 'blinks' by alternating the window title between two states,
which can be effective even if the animation in the window content
isn't visible; but it's not that great a solution.
Audio notifications are also possible. In HTML5 they won't even
require a plugin :p
> I'd imagine popping up a window isn't reliable --
> it might be stopped by a popup blocker, or the user might have all new
> windows going to tabs, or something like that. (Is there a new API
> for that, perhaps?)
Yes, there is a notification API under review that tells the browser
to pop up some kind of platform-specific notifier UI, like a task-tray
bubble on Windows or a Growl-like floater on Mac OS. I haven't been
paying close attention but I think a WebKit implementation is in
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