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Re: Safe copy and paste with scripts

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 11:08:16 -0800
Message-ID: <44049FA0.10407@sicking.cc>
To: paul@activemath.org
Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Web APIs WG <public-webapi@w3.org>

Paul Libbrecht wrote:
> Why is this an issue to prevent this ?
> Accessiblity ?
> After all, the provider of the page is the provider of the script... or ?

Yes, we're assuming that the page and the script comes from the same 
provider. However, we do not want to give the page tools that can ruin 
the browser users experience too much.

A classical example of this is popups. Here the author was given a tool 
that, while often useful, ended up being abused so much that browsers 
simply started to disable the feature. Browser implementors had to (and 
still do) work very hard on disabling the feature in such a way that it 
didn't break existing pages. And it still in many cases broke existing 
pages while in many other pages didn't disable the feature well enough.

I'd rather not go down that path again.

/ Jonas
Received on Tuesday, 28 February 2006 19:08:39 UTC

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