[whatwg] about:blank synchronicity

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Mon Jan 18 15:02:09 PST 2010

On Mon, 18 Jan 2010, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> On 1/13/10 4:56 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:
> > The spec currently distinguishes between the initial about:blank load
> > (creation of a new browsing context), which actually doesn't involve
> > navigation, and navigating to about:blank.
> > 
> > It seems like simply making the first one synchronous, but making the
> > latter asynchronous, would satisfy your use case. Would other vendors be
> > ok with this?
> In case it wasn't clear from the relevant Gecko thread, I would personally be
> fine with this.  That said, would "initial about:blank load" only include
> <iframe/> (no src at all), or also <iframe src=""/> or also <iframe
> src="about:blank"/>?  I suspect it doesn't matter that much, actually, but
> would welcome confirmation.

It would include any browsing context creation, including, e.g. 
window.open(), <object> pointing to an HTML file before the HTML file is 
loaded, etc.

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