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Re: showAlert() patch

From: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:33:20 +0200
To: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: "www-archive@w3.org" <www-archive@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.wi3htuwwidj3kv@device-23f190>
On Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:49:37 +0200, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:

> On Wed, 15 Aug 2012, Simon Pieters wrote:
>> Re http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20120604#l-615
> Site is down.

13:29	zcorpan	Hixie: the file-spec-bug thingie in the spec dialog saying  
that the bug was filed (with a link) often doesn't appear for me (maybe  
because i switch tabs while it's doing its thing and then decides i don't  
want to see it anymore, or i dunno)
13:30	zcorpan	Hixie: i think you made it fragile and disappear-for-nothing  
after i complained that i wanted "enter" to dismiss the dialog instead of  
filing a new bug
13:30	zcorpan	Hixie: but i'm afraid you didn't fix what i wanted and  
instead made it worse :-P
16:49	Hixie	zcorpan: patches welcome

> Why would we want to do this?

The current behavior is really annoying. I often want to copy the bug URL  
and paste it somewhere else, but with the current setup, often the dialog  
disappears for me, sometimes before I get to see it at all (either because  
I happen to scroll just when the dialog appears, or because I switch tabs  
back and forth, or something else). When it's gone and I wanted the link,  
I need to go to bugzilla and search for the bug, which is pretty time  
consuming (so defeats the purpose of the widget, it's supposed to make it  
quick to file bugs).

>> The script is inline in the spec. In the showAlert() function, just  
>> after the
>> line:
>>       document.body.appendChild(currentAlert);
>> add:
>>       x.focus();

This makes it trivial to close the dialog (just hit enter or space).

>> also change:
>>   window.addEventListener('keydown', function (event) {
>>     if (event.keyCode == 27) {
>>       if (currentAlert)
>>         closeAlert2();
>>     } else {
>>       closeAlert();
>>     }
>>   }, false);
>> to:
>>   window.addEventListener('keydown', function (event) {
>>     if (event.keyCode == 27) {
>>       if (currentAlert)
>>         closeAlert2();
>>     }
>>   }, false);
> That would make the dialog not start to fade out when you hit a key. Why
> would we want that?

I might be hitting keys for reasons other than wanting to close the  
dialog. (The fading doesn't happen in Opera, btw.)

>> and remove:
>>   window.addEventListener('scroll', function (event) {
>>     closeAlert();
>>   }, false);
> That would make the dialog not start to fade out when you scroll, why
> would you want that?

It makes the dialog go away when I don't want it to.

> Having the dialog still up after you've filed a bug
> is really annoying when you're trying to read the spec.

It's pretty easy to close with the patch applied.

Alternatively, make the dialog non-modal and just include the link at the  
bottom of the screen or something. It's the link I want.

Simon Pieters
Opera Software
Received on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 18:33:57 UTC

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