[whatwg] suggestin a minor addion to the DOM

Chaals McCathieNevile w3b at chaals.com
Thu Jun 28 11:38:28 PDT 2012

On Thu, 28 Jun 2012 03:03:48 +0200, Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi at gmx.net>  

> * Andri Sævar Sigríksson wrote:
>> suggestion
>> Boolean value
>> implemented as Window.nobackspace  or  Navigator.nobackspace
>> if set to true the browser would not accept the key press on backspace  
>> as a signal to go to the previous page
> Why would users want that?

Generally it isn't a very nice thing for users not to go back. It's a  
pretty fundamental part of the way we navigate the web. Redirecting the  
back button somewhere else because of a strange forward navigation path  
might happen, but breaking the general expectation isn't usually a good  

Also, the fact that we have an inelegant way of doing something isn't  
necessarily an argument to make it easier. If it's a really common thing  
to do, then it makes sense to simplify it. But if it is a weird edge case,  
then duplicating stuff is a good way to let bugs creep into  
implementations, which come at the expense of doing something more  


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