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Subject [jira] [Commented] (CB-14188) Callback to decide whether to open link or not.
Date Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:10:00 GMT


ASF GitHub Bot commented on CB-14188:

wvengen commented on issue #276: CB-14188: add beforeload event, catching navigation before
it happens
   Thanks a lot for your review, @brodybits. I agree that the current approach is not ideal,
and have struggled with how to add the callback. Indeed, a synchronous callback would be the
best option, that would first need some research to whether Android's and iOS's WebView implementation
allow this to take a little time (because it involves a Javascript invocation).
   If this is not possible (or if this is ported to a platform requiring near-immediate return
from its do-I-need-to-load-this-URL-function), for Cordova users it can still be a synchronous
function, with the help of a workaround similar to what happens now, but without the concurrency
issue you mentioned (I have an idea to do this using a custom URL scheme).
   Interesting you mention the `beforeunload` event, that would be familiar to many. In our
case, the confirm dialog would not be shown. It also makes sense to skip this on first page
load, as that is always controlled by the inAppBrowser-invoking code.
   I'll delve into this. Since I'll be on holiday for about two weeks, it may take a little

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> Callback to decide whether to open link or not.
> -----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CB-14188
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache Cordova
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: cordova-plugin-inappbrowser
>    Affects Versions: 3.0.0
>            Reporter: wvengen
>            Priority: Major
> Several times I've found myself wanting to tell inAppBrowser whether it can open a link
in the embedded webview or using the system web browser. It would be great if there's a callback
_before_ loading a page (loadstart is too late there), where I can tell inAppBrowser to load
the page or not.
> CB-14013 introduced AllowedSchemes, but excluded the use of http and https. -It would
be useful to allow intercepting http and https links, e.g. to decide whether to open the link
in the system web browser or not.- At first I thought this mechanism could be used, but because
of the asynchronous nature of Cordova callbacks, this didn't work out, and I added a beforeload
callback. See comment for an example.
> I've submitted a PR -(my approach would be to generate a regexp based on AllowedSchemes
and match the URL on that, instead of the current if logic)-.

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