[whatwg] api for fullscreen()

Simon Fraser smfr at mac.com
Thu Jan 28 15:53:38 PST 2010

On Jan 28, 2010, at 3:38 PM, Robert O'Callahan wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 8:34 PM, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at iki.fi> wrote:
> I haven't seen a proposal, but it looks like code has landed:
> http://trac.webkit.org/changeset/50893
> Demo: http://jilion.com/sublime/video
> (option-click the full screen button in a fresh WebKit nigthly)
> Interesting, but I'd still like to see the proposal. This should definitely be something that works on more than just media elements.

The code referenced in that commit, and used by jilion.com, is NOT our proposal for a generic fullscreen mechanism. Rather, it's a new, webkit-prefixed method on the HTMLMediaElement which does the equivalent of the user clicking on the fullscreen button in the built-in controls. This is highly desirable for page that want to user their own custom controls, but would still like the user to go fullscreen.

We have been discussing a more general fullscreen API that lets you take the page fullscreen (perhaps with the ability to focus on a single element), as Maciej mentions. We have not decided on a final form for this API, nor have we resolved whether it's possible to do some nice transition between the two modes. We have talked at some length about the security issues.

Input on what people would like from this API is welcome, as are ideas on how the transitions should work.


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