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[whatwg] Submission progress

From: Matthew Thomas <mpt@myrealbox.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2004 15:25:46 +1300
Message-ID: <7F425324-312D-11D9-ABBD-000A95AD3972@myrealbox.com>
On 8 Nov, 2004, at 7:34 AM, Afternoon wrote:
> ...
> Modern browsers feature useful rich interfaces for monitoring the 
> progress of file downloads, but are not symmetrical, uploads are 
> second class citizens.
> ...

That's the fault of the browsers; it's nothing to do with any What-WG 
spec. Mozilla doesn't show upload progress, for example 
<https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=257975>, but it used to 

> ...
> This information should be displayed in a modal popup window, as the 
> browser window or tab is locked during submission.
> ...

As Jim Ley said, there is no need for it to be shown in a modal window. 
Doing that would actually be counterproductive, for three reasons:
(1) trying to cancel a mistaken submission the usual way -- by clicking
     the Stop button in the toolbar -- wouldn't work, so mistaken
     submissions would be *more* likely to happen;
(2) some window managers don't allow a window to be moved or minimized
     if a modal child window is open (so you wouldn't be able to minimize
     the browser window while waiting for the upload to finish);
(3) it would be inconsistent with other progress windows, which are
     almost always non-modal.

But again, that's nothing to do with What-WG.

Matthew Thomas
Received on Sunday, 7 November 2004 18:25:46 UTC

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