[whatwg] Proposal for IsSearchProviderInstalled / AddSearchProvider

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Mon May 16 16:39:37 PDT 2011

On Mon, 16 May 2011, Adam Shannon wrote:
> I don't like having the only barrier between changing the default search 
> engine for a user's browser be a single dialog box. This list (and 
> others) have repeatedly found that dialogs don't work and users skip 
> past them.
> Think of the non-techy user who simply clicks yes to evil.com's request 
> to change default search provider. Will they even know what that means? 
> Will they care at the time of the dialog? How will they revert back?
> I'd rather see UA's implement better controls on their end than see an 
> API which could be largely abused. (Drag and drop browser controls over 
> tons of sites asking for permission to be the default.)

I agree. Note that the spec doesn't say there should be a dialog box at 
all; it's left entirely up to the UAs.

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