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Constrained Popup Windows


The API has been abused to open intrusive advertising, which is regretful since there are legitimate reasons to open a new window that enhance user experience. Traditionally, popup windows are blocked when they aren't explicitly requested by a user keypress or mouse click. Currently, other browsers either don't alert the user when a popup is blocked, or they show a user alert bar offering to either allow the site or disable the popup blocking notification. Instead, we display the title bar of the new popup in the lower right corner of the web page when said page tries to open a window not caused by a user gesture. Only the title bar is displayed and if the user navigates away from the site without interacting with the popup, it is automatically dismissed. It's not even a real window that shows up in the task bar. This is a tradeoff. Popup windows are slightly more intrusive than when they are simply blocked without any user notification, but in return, there is no list of allowed sites to manually manage, and false positives become significantly less confusing.


When the Browser process receives a message requesting a new popup (TabContents::AddNewContents()), the TabContents has a chance to build a ConstrainedWindow instead of passing the message off to Browser::AddNewContents() to do the normal creation of a new window. ConstrainedWindows are owned by the TabContents and are "attached" to the lower right hand corner of the TabContent's visible area. Clicking or dragging a constrained popup window's titlebar will convert the popup into a full fledged window (ConstrainedWindowImpl::Detach()).