On Tue, 29 Apr 2008, Travis Leithead wrote:
> >> Most modality discussed so far has been about the view modality, ie
> disallowing the user from accessing the original page content until the
> dialog has been dismissed. Browser modality may also be about not
> letting the browser unload/reload the page until a dialog has been
> dismissed (eg "do you want to save before closing the window?"). Is
> there any way to force a user to respond to a modal dialog section
> before unloading the page? If not, ideally a generic modality feature
> could be added to assist both sections and current style HTML dialogs in
> achieving this unload modality.
> I'm not a big fan of allowing a web application to have that level of
> control of a user's browsing experience (a web page preventing a user
> from closing a tab, for example). The desktop paradigm is like allowing
> a program to prevent the user from restarting or shutting down the
> OS--seems like a bad design decision.
I totally agree. Please invent a time machine and go back to Microsoft
about 10 years ago and tell them not to invent showModalDialog(). :-)
At this point, browsers have to support it, there's too much content out
there that uses it.
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