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Who Says You Can’t Undo A Web Application

Posted by Bob Warfield on September 10, 2007

I don’t know what Ryan Stewart is talking about when he says you can’t undo web applications.  I’ve got several here that undo just fine, thank you. 

There is definitely some confusion over whether the “Back” button on the web browser should implement Undo, but I think that’s wrong too.  A lot of people have developed habits for how they use the “Back” functionality that have nothing to do with an intent to undo, so let’s don’t overload that function.

There are several things I don’t like about the web applications I use, but mostly they’re idiosyncracies of the particular application.  This is not to say that the browser doesn’t need to improve the web experience possible with the platform: the browser does need to improve.  Tops on my priority list would be better clipboard support, but folks like Ray Ozzie are already thinking along those lines so I’ll be patient about it. 

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