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Friday, July 2, 2010

bug 493 - no onbeforeunload event in Safari on iPad

Issue: #493
Affects: Safari on iPad

Web Developers have long used the onbeforeunload event to catch users leaving a form partially filled out and prevent them from losing their work. ;-)

On the down side, horribly shady sites have used it to try and keep users on a site with messages about free or cheap offers of electronics or porn if they stay on the site. :-(

It is a great tool when used correctly and thus it is rather unfortunate that Apple has left it off the iPad version of Safari... Users indicate that they have accidentally left a page trying to scroll the view to see better when the keyboard pops up.

Hopefully this will get fixed in a future patch to the OS.

Known Workarounds: None.

Related Issues: None.

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