[whatwg] Should events be paused on detached iframes?

Adam Barth w3c at adambarth.com
Thu Aug 26 23:06:30 PDT 2010

On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 12:27 AM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky at mit.edu> wrote:
> On 8/26/10 3:23 AM, James May wrote:
>> Couldn't the iframe be kept alive, but remain "associated" with it's
>> parent browsing context until (if) it was re-parented / inserted into a
>> different document. (does this match what other elements in the DOM
>> behave in terms of event handlers when they are detached?)
> Elements behave fine.  The question is what the Window should do.  What
> should window.parent return in the iframe while detached?  window.top? What
> should window.resizeTo do?  That sort of thing.

Something like this is shipping in various WebKit-based browsers.  You
can experiment to see at least one take on how to answer these
questions.  I agree that it's a kind of dark corner of the state
machine and therefore risky, both in terms of stability and security.


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