On Feb 15, 2013, at 9:21 PM, Maciej Stachowiak <m...@apple.com> wrote:

> 
> On Feb 15, 2013, at 3:51 AM, Ian Fette (イアンフェッティ) <ife...@google.com> wrote:
> 
>> Anne,
>> 
>> Both Chrome and Safari support the ping attribute. I am not sure about IE, I 
>> believe Firefox has it disabled by default. FWIW I wouldn't consider this a 
>> huge failure, if anything I'd expect over time people to use ping where it's 
>> supported and fallback where it's not, resulting in the same privacy 
>> tradeoff for users of all browsers but better performance for some browsers 
>> than others, which will eventually lead to a predictable outcome...
> 
> Are there any websites that use it, at least in the browsers that support it? 
> Relative lack of web developer adoption so far makes it seem like a bad bet 
> to make more features that do the same thing, unless we're confident that we 
> know what was wrong with <a ping> in the first place.

BTW as far as I know the best current nonblocking technique to phone home on 
unload is to create an <img> in your unload handler pointing to the ping URL, 
this will result in reliable delivery without blocking at least in IE and 
WebKit-based browsers. I've found it hard to convince even knowledgable web 
developers to use this technique or <a ping> over synchronous XHR, even sites 
that are otherwise willing to do Safari-specific optimizations. I am not sure 
why sync XHR in unload is so tantalizing.

Regards,
Maciej


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