No popups

Popups break the browser paradigm

Dialogs such as accepting a certificate or allowing some data being sent must be done in browser forms.

Lets take a look at how two leading browsers handle a 404 and a domain which doesn’t exist.

IE6:

It does the errors within the browser. No popups. Great.

BUT it could be improved. They are inconsistent. And the 404 page provided by the browser could included a feedback form so a user could easily give feedback to the site maintainer.

Mozilla1.6:

Wrong, wrong, wrong! What an unhelpful default 404. That screenshot shows the confusion. Is it a 404 now, or does the domain not exist?

On my Nokia’s user agent, the error ”STOP page can not be loaded” just flashes for a second and disapears. Hardly enough time to take it in. Can’t go back to it as it’s a popup. And after comprehending the error, the error does not have any useful information whatsoever to debug the problem.

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