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Re: New browser controls and an API for using them

From: Rene Saarsoo <nene@triin.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:47:55 -0000
To: public-webapi@w3.org
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On Wed, 14 Dec 2005 03:11:42 -0000, Laurian Gridinoc <laurian@gmail.com>  

> The browser controls have precise semantics, independent of the viewed
> page author's intent -- and the user trust their actions, `back' is
> back etc... if you let the document assign the action of a control,
> the user will have to learn what does the `shopping cart' button do on
> every distinct site, because developers will try to overload it with
> different functions; in the end this may render such controls
> untrustable and unusable.

Well, you can also make the back-button quite unusable (many flash-based
sites do so already), and if the browser has weak caching, then when you
press the back-button, you may arrive to a completely new page. Also, you
can make a form with two buttons at the bottom: "submit" to clear the form,
and "reset" to send the data.

I don't know a single API, which can't be misused...

Anyway, this is a technology already in place, (with minor browser support)
and so we can benefit from it. But will the WebAPI really benefit from it?
I'm unsure...

Rene Saarsoo
Received on Thursday, 15 December 2005 04:49:31 UTC

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