Patch: pref to prevent accidental following of links of blocked images




15 years ago
5 years ago


(Reporter: eric lindvall, Unassigned)


Bug Flags:
blocking-aviary1.5 -

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)



(1 attachment)



15 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.4b) Gecko/20030422 Mozilla Firebird/0.6
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.4b) Gecko/20030422 Mozilla Firebird/0.6

I have created a patch (that will be included) to ignore clicks on links for
images which have been selected as "Block images from server".

The feature can be enabled with:
user_pref("imageblocker.disable_links", true);

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:

Comment 1

15 years ago
Created attachment 122372 [details] [diff] [review]
Patch to ignore clicks on blocked images

This patch should ignore clicks to "blocked" images if the preference is set.


15 years ago
Attachment #122372 - Flags: review?(blaker)

Comment 2

15 years ago
I'm sort of curious as to what this is actually going to accomplish... if one
has blocked images from a specific server then why would one then go and try to
click on that image? And then of course, why bother making a patch to prevent
something doing just that?

Before we confirm this for review, I'd like to know the rationale behind this
patch. I don't wish to discourage patch-making; I'm just curious as to the
OS: Linux → All

Comment 3

15 years ago
There have been others who may have described this better, but for me, when i am
browsing in a multi-window setup, i will many times click on any blank spot on
the page to get focus back for a window. is the perfect example of this, where they have ads on the right hand
side of the page, and when you disable the ad images, the right side of the page
is white. so if i have another window in the foreground, and i click on the cnn
window, the page automatically goes to the ad url that i didn't even know was there.

Comment 4

15 years ago
Thank you. So this is basically to create a pref to prevent the accidental
following of links in blocked images if I understand it correctly.

-->Changing summary
Component --> Preferences
Status -->Confirming as an enhancement request
Severity: normal → enhancement
Component: General → Preferences
Ever confirmed: true
Summary: Patch: allow for "disabling" of links for blocked images → Patch: pref to prevent accidental following of links of blocked images

Comment 5

15 years ago
That is correct.
Severity: enhancement → normal
Component: Preferences → General

Comment 6

15 years ago
> That is correct.
Eric, you just reversed David's changes while saying they're correct.

Anyway, if I understand this correctly, you want a pref for this to be added to
the Options window? If so, then I'm strongly against this bug. This would almost
be a pref that wouldn't have a place in the Mozilla Preferences window, much
less in the Mozilla Firebird Options window.

Even if you don't want a pref to be added, I think this should not be changed
anyway. I don't expect links to stop working because I don't want images to load.

Recommend WONTFIX. 

Comment 7

15 years ago
Excuse me, I didn't mean that there should be something in the GUI to
enable/disable this option. Now as I re-read what he said, I see that is what he

I'm not sure what changes I reversed, but apologize if I was clumsy and reverted
some changes in bugzilla.

All I am proposing is a feature that can be enabled via prefs.js/user.js.

I guess my point of making it an option that can be turned on an off is
specifically because there will be some people (like you), who wouldn't expect
that to happen, and others (like me, and some people who responded to my post in
the firebird feature forum) who find the fact that it doesn't happen, annoying
at times.

Making it an option that defaults to being off makes it so that the default
behaviour doesn't change, but if people decide they would like to not have links
followed for images they've blocked, they can choose to do so.

Comment 8

15 years ago
Actually, I was going to leave it to the discretion of the devs, but personally
I don't think it belongs in the Options dialog either and would only be
accessible through about:config or user.js. About the only place I could see it
going is in the images manager (when you click on Permissions) on a new tab in
that manager.

As for changes, this is an enhancement request, not a bug. There is nothing
"buggy" about Firebird's behaviour with respect to this report. And the
component is Preferences, not General (Preferences: "Bugs and feature requests
for [Firebird] preferences. This includes the preferences manager as well as the
preferences defaults"). Enhancement, by the way, does not mean "less important
than trivial". Importance is measured by Priority, not Severity (and no Phx/FB
bug I've ever seen has a Priority rating)
Severity: normal → enhancement
Component: General → Preferences
taking QA contact, sorry about the bugspam
QA Contact: asa → mconnor

Comment 10

15 years ago
Perhaps instead of blocking links from all blocked images, it would make more
sense to frame the missing image (or perhaps shade it) to make it stand out
(much like the Flash-click-to-download extension).

I see the problem here as being not the fact that invisible images have active
links, but more that there is no way of telling that such a link is present at
all - I too have had the irritating problem of accidentally following a link I
didn't know was there when shifting focus back to the browser.
*** Bug 226079 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 13

14 years ago
Sounds like the same problem.. only the patch does make firefox ignore the click.


13 years ago
Flags: blocking-aviary1.1?
This discussion can continue for a while longer ;-) 
Flags: blocking-aviary1.1? → blocking-aviary1.1-
sorry for bugspam, long-overdue mass reassign of ancient QA contact bugs,
filter on "beltznerLovesGoats" to get rid of this mass change
QA Contact: mconnor → preferences
Assignee: bross2 → nobody

Comment 16

11 years ago
This behavior has annoyed me for quite awhile. I'd certainly like to see this included in a future FireFox release.
Attachment #122372 - Flags: review?(bugzilla)
Not going to add this functionality to Firefox.
Last Resolved: 5 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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