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Re: ISSUE-58: XMLHttpRequest.abort() should just reset the object

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 13:39:38 -0700
Message-ID: <443EB70A.1060102@sicking.cc>
To: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Cc: "Web APIs WG (public)" <public-webapi@w3.org>

>> The problem is that many formats can't detect that they have been cut 
>> off. Even for something as strict as XML you could be loosing comments 
>> and PIs at the end of the document if the transation is terminated. 
>> The reason responseXML would be null in mozilla is that we'd get an 
>> internal error-notification from our network layer and would know not 
>> to even attempt parsing.
> Ah, I see what you mean, if the failure was after partial content had 
> arrived!  Yes I agree this would be generally undetectable for a lot of 
> formats.
> I don't think it's crucial to address this though, recovery from network 
> failure errors are pretty rare things to deal "EEK! there's been an 
> error!" is just about all you can do - even referencing an image or 
> providing a link is basically unsafe from a user perspective.

Doing "EEK!" is better than doing nothing though. One case where it 
could actually happen is if the user hits the stop-button during the 
transfer (IIRC in mozilla we start the throbber and enable the stop 
button during the XHR request).

I'll raise an issue on this stuff.

/ Jonas
Received on Thursday, 13 April 2006 20:40:02 UTC

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