[whatwg] HTML extension for system idle detection.

On Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 9:51 AM, <whatwg-request at lists.whatwg.org> wrote:

> Sure it can. The user is effectively idle, in that they are not using
> your web application <period>.

Not really, it is possible to notify people that someone in a new tab has
sent a message and that it requires attention.  The whole reason for this
api is that this statement is not always true.

> In short, what I'm saying is that I'm objecting to a procedure for
> system idle, the concept is broken and it won't work, and i'll be
> forced to break it the day after it's integrated into Gecko and then
> people will wonder why it doesn't work.

I am not really sure you made this particular argument.  I also don't see
why, in your particular case, you couldn't make it so that all background
tasks are 'idle'.

The concept of system idle is very important for doing rich client based im
clients, and for other rich client based things like games and other things
where it is important to know that the user is potentially available.

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