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Re: Ajax Back/Forward History problem document state by document.save()

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 15:08:33 +1100
Message-ID: <438299C1.5010606@lachy.id.au>
To: Kenny <kennyheaton@gmail.com>
CC: public-webapi@w3.org

Kenny wrote:
> I have to agree with Sylvain, that I think users would evolve as web
> application do and the need for that back button might become
> unnecessary.

I very strongly disagree.  The back and forward buttons have been for a 
very long time and always will be fundamental to the way web browsing 
works.  Any web application that tries to work around the use of the 
back/forward buttons in a way that breaks their functionality if used is 
broken.  Instead, applications should learn to work with the buttons as 
the user expects.

I could be mistaken, but I believe Gmail used to seriously break the 
back button when it first came out and it was one of the worst usability 
problems with it, though it seems to be fixed now.  Gmail still 
seriously breaks the forward button, in fact it completely disables it 
some how, and it's so annoying (at least it would be if I actually used 
my gmail account).

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Tuesday, 22 November 2005 04:08:53 UTC

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