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window.confirm() should ask yes-or-no, not OK-or-cancel




DOM: Core & HTML
13 years ago
12 years ago


(Reporter: Brian Lalonde, Unassigned)



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13 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0

The confirmation dialog used in JavaScript is meant to ask yes-or-no questions,
but Internet Explorer has always provided only OK and Cancel buttons. This can
be very confusing for users, since Cancel  seems to ask if the question itself
should be skipped (rather than answering). For example: Are you a member? OK
implies something less than positive certainty, but Cancel implies a kind of
"nevermind" response rather than "no".

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use window.confirm()

Comment 1

13 years ago
> but Internet Explorer has always provided only OK and Cancel buttons. 

And current Mozillas.

Comment 2

13 years ago
See, you already got the problem :). IE has been like that for many years and so
has Mozilla/Firefox/etc.. Many pages probably rely on those Ok/Cancel buttons in
their wordings, so changing it now wouldn't be too clever (and annoy many

Comment 3

13 years ago
Maybe additional args for button labels (first as default)?
  if(window.confirm('Continue?','Yes','No')) // ...

Or perhaps a new function?
  if( (window.affirm && window.affirm('Continue?'))
    || window.confirm('Continue?\n[OK] for yes\n[Cancel] for no')) // ...
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