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From Shazron <>
Subject InAppBrowser api questions
Date Fri, 09 Nov 2012 17:43:48 GMT
WIki page:
Some questions brought up by Jesse in JIRA (replicated below):

Jesse MacFadyen:

I have some open questions about the wiki defined 'spec'

1.'', '_self'); // loads in InAppBrowser
    so even though the random-url is not whitelisted, it is permitted to
load within the application, inside the InAppBrowser. This is currently not
trivial on iOS.

2. How can I open a whitelisted url in the native browser? ie. mobile safari
    there is no clear path to targeting ALL 3 possibilities or a)the app
page, b) the InAppBrowser, c) the system browser ( for a whitelisted URL )
    it makes sense that you cannot open a file:// url in the system browser
+ you cannot open a non-whitelisted url in the app.


My comments:

1. This as Jesse points out, is not trivial on iOS. The "easy way" would be
to not allow this, but kick it out to the system browser (Mobile Safari),
and have that as a general rule, any non-whitelisted URLs for the
InAppBrowser are kicked out to the system browser. I don't know how hard it
is for Android.

If we were to do this, we would have to temporarily allow the url to bypass
the whitelist which could be kludgy (since we can't know what other URLs
that URL will load) -- essentially this issue totally solve this correctly, but
we don't have a solution yet for
that issue.

2. This case has not been addressed. I would think _blank would be the case
but this is specified as the InAppBrowser here. How about this case, we
could use _parent for InAppBrowser, but _blank for system browser? However,
this would not be consistent with how the other calls are specified (unless
we change the others to be consistent).

Another possible solution is to kick out to the system browser if an
unknown value is used (some random value), that will use the system
browser, which is consistent with how works.

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