I'd like to make the following changes to nsISidebar, as a precursor to bug 518929: 1) remove the add*Panel methods, since they are not standardized, rarely used, and not very well supported 2) fix the method signatures to avoid the use of string/wstring in favor of DOMString 1) is hopefully not a significant web compat hit (no other browsers implement these, AFAIK). It's a Netscape-era API, and while there are undoubtedly some legitimate users, we'd like to get rid of the front-end support for the sidebar feature entirely, and so this would be a first step towards that. Given that the only implementations I know of are in JS, and that it is quite unlikely that there are any native code implementations, I think 2) shouldn't be a problem either.
Created attachment 564443 [details] [diff] [review] interface changes I don't know who should review this, really...
SeaMonkey also has an implementation, I'll file a separate bug on that. http://mxr.mozilla.org/comm-central/source/suite/common/src/nsSidebar.js
Hmm, interesting that HTML 5 doesn't spec window.sidebar at all. We should probably consider getting rid of it entirely at some point - I think the only prominent user at this point might be http://mycroft.mozdev.org/ , and even they have OpenSearch and window.external support now :)
Comment on attachment 564443 [details] [diff] [review] interface changes While you're here, want to add a link to <http://www.whatwg.org/html/#the-external-interface>?
(In reply to Gavin Sharp (use firstname.lastname@example.org for email) from comment #4) > Hmm, interesting that HTML 5 doesn't spec window.sidebar at all. We should > probably consider getting rid of it entirely at some point - I think the > only prominent user at this point might be http://mycroft.mozdev.org/ , and > even they have OpenSearch and window.external support now :) Thanks for flagging. Is there an alternative to window.sidebar(.addSearchEngine) for Sherlock? It's a while since I looked properly but: https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Adding_search_engines_from_web_pages still says use window.sidebar.addSearchEngine I vaguely remember discussing adding Sherlock engines with addSearchProvider but that'll make the capability detection more difficult. Anyway, this isn't really relevant to this bug. Please CC me if there's a bug for complete removal of window.sidebar
(In reply to Charles Caygill from comment #6) > Anyway, this isn't really relevant to this bug. Please CC me if there's a > bug for complete removal of window.sidebar Will do!
Comment on attachment 564443 [details] [diff] [review] interface changes I'm all for cleaning this up and minimizing what we expose here, and I'd be in favor of removing this entirely too, but that would require some more investigation as to who would be affected by that change etc.
Comment on attachment 564444 [details] [diff] [review] firefox implementation changes Review of attachment 564444 [details] [diff] [review]: ----------------------------------------------------------------- Kill it with fire. Laparoscopically.
Will there be *any* way left for websites to provide a sidebar addition to users? So far, there still is the alternative with a <a> node, but if this gets removed, too: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=692731#c11 then there is no way left to provide, for example, a newsticker or something like that to the user for open it in sidebar. To get this into sidebar, the user would have to open the link first, bookmark it and set checkbox "open in sidebar". Then click that link.
I'm planning to remove the sidebar from Firefox entirely eventually, so no, there won't be any way to trigger loading things there. But please don't turn this bug into a fight about sidebars, that debate can be had later :)
Gavin, did this ever land? If not, would now be a good time to land it?
I don't remember why this didn't land. I'd certainly welcome someone picking it up and unbitrotting the patches.
Created attachment 731390 [details] [diff] [review] Part 1: Interface Changes Unbitrotted.
Created attachment 731391 [details] [diff] [review] Part 2: Firefox Implementation Changes Unbitrotted.
(In reply to Cykesiopka from comment #15) > Created attachment 731390 [details] [diff] [review] > Part 1: Interface Changes > > Unbitrotted. (In reply to Cykesiopka from comment #16) > Created attachment 731391 [details] [diff] [review] > Part 2: Firefox Implementation Changes > > Unbitrotted. Actually, do these need re-reviews?
No, I don't think so. Thanks for reviving this bug!
We will need to file followups to remove the dead code from the mobile/ and metro/ versions of this component, though.
Oh, we already have one for mobile (bug 692894, with a patch even). Just metro, then.
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox/Releases/23 https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Site_Compatibility_for_Firefox_23 https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/DOM/window.sidebar
I'd like to second Seb A here as well. Removing the add*Panel methods is breaking our web app as well. Thanks alot.
It looks like a solution might be to use the new Social API (available to all web sites from Firefox 23.0 - the same release that removes Sidebars). However, the documentation is poor for newbies! I would be grateful if someone could provide content for the missing (red) links in https://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Social_API and finish https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Social_API/Guide Thanks!
Apologies for the breakage. Social API would indeed be a better alternative for this, we're working on trying to improve the documentation.
Added a mention of alternatives: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Site_Compatibility_for_Firefox_23#DOM