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Re: Modal dialogs in HTML5

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 16:30:51 -0700
Message-ID: <4817AFAB.70002@sicking.cc>
To: Joćo Eiras <joao.eiras@gmail.com>
CC: Web APIs WG <public-webapi@w3.org>

The shaded page, no doubt about it.

The shaded page lets me close that window/tab.
The shaded page doesn't clutter my windows task bar.
The shaded page doesn't interfere if I'm busy in some other app or tab 
at the time.

/ Jonas

Joćo Eiras wrote:
> What would you rather prefer:
>  - a native window which you (or your UA) can easily control ?
>  - a shaded page with some floating content which you can't close at 
> will or control ?
> I obviously agree with the downside of having either modal or non-modal 
> window begin opened from webpages, but there are alternatives, and many 
> can reduce user experience and anoy developers with extra layers of 
> libraries and/or APIs.
> There's little you can do againast it :p
> Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc> escreveu:
>> Joćo Eiras wrote:
>>>> Unless the page raises another dialog of course
>>>  For that there are popup blockers.
>>> The user must click something for another popup to open.
>>>  2008/4/29, Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>:
>>>> * Joćo Eiras wrote:
>>>>  >The user can easily and quickly close the dialog and then the main
>>>>  >tab. Two clicks instead of one... don't be lasy :p.
>>>>  >That's a non issue.
>>>> Unless the page raises another dialog of course, either maliciously or
>>>>  due to a coding problem. Preventing that from happening would probably
>>>>  not be easy without some surprises.
>> Popup blockers are there to try to mitigate an evilness that was added 
>> a long time ago in a more innocent (naive?) time.
>> Lets not add more such evilness. It only forces ourselves to struggle 
>> to find decent mitigation techniques, and forces developers to try to 
>> deal our mitigation techniques.
>> / Jonas
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