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[whatwg] When closing the browser

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2008 08:50:01 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0812120845360.30225@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Thu, 28 Feb 2008, ddailey wrote:
>
> The user opens a web application as one of many tabs in a web browser. 
> They then, either within the application window, accidentally hit CTRL W 
> (or its Mac equivalent), or from the operating system, issue a close 
> application command. Most apps (as opposed to the more "passive" 
> browsers) detect that new content has been developed and in is jeopardy 
> of being lost and therefore prompt the user to the status of this 
> possible data loss. The browser, unless I'm missing something, seems to 
> have a different status within the OS and just closes without ceremony.

I just went ahead and specced out the 'onbeforeunload' feature that most 
browsers support today that handles this case.

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