Getting rid of popup windows for good

Shane Caraveo scaraveo at
Mon Aug 25 21:48:42 UTC 2014

On 2014-08-25 2:29 PM, Gijs Kruitbosch wrote:
> On 24/08/2014 18:30, Rimas Kudelis wrote:
>> Hi!
>> 11 years ago, Bug 212163 (Pop-ups are not blocked on code run from
>> onclick) was wontfixed.
>> Even today Firefox defaults to allowing any websites (even those
>> blacklisted by the user) to open any pop-up windows in response to any
>> of these events: change click dblclick mouseup reset submit touchend.
>> Now, I would like Mozilla to review that decision again, because the
>> situation has changed a lot in these years:
>> 1. the web has evolved, and legitimate use of real pop-ups seems quite
>> rare nowadays,
> Hi,
> You're using a different web from me, and many other users, clearly. I 
> see very few if any unwanted popups, with my browser often open for 
> multiple days and 0 unexpected windows appearing and/or remaining 
> (pop-unders).
> I'm sure there are places where you never see "real" popups, but e.g. 
> GMail provides primary UI to open compose/chat windows in their own 
> (popup) windows, and I'm sure there are many similar examples. Then 
> there are all the wifi gateway sites that open "you're logged in" 
> popups, and so on.
I'll just toss in an extra example, sharing videos on youtube.

One site that does annoy me is seatguru (iirc), they do a pop-behind on 
their search button click handler.  I see little use in poping up a 
window that is hidden from the user until some time later when you 
discover it.

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