[whatwg] Proposal for IsSearchProviderInstalled / AddSearchProvider

Adam Shannon adam at ashannon.us
Mon May 16 17:02:09 PDT 2011

On Mon, May 16, 2011 at 18:39, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> 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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Perhaps it would be better for the group to send a proposal for a UI
(or at least guidelines) that's acceptable both from a realistic
usability and security standpoint?

Adam Shannon
Web Developer
University of Northern Iowa
Sophomore -- Computer Science B.S.

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