"This website wants to display notifications!" It has been an annoying part of the web landscape for years. A well-intended feature was misused by many websites for hassle users, and now browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome crack hard.
Why did browsers make it so annoying?
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Well, web browsers presented these notification requests in a pretty annoying way, and when you visit a website – even if it is only once to read an article – it can make a message appear that difficult to ignore. More and more websites started adding notification requests. For example, a news website can push new articles to its subscribers via web browser notifications.
The problem is not the notification option itself. It is how intrusive the notification request is. Web browsers should have addressed these pop-ups years ago.
Mozilla Firefox was the first to appear
Mozilla was the first browser developer to respond aloud to these annoying notifications. The change came in Firefox 72, issued January 7, 2020. Now, instead of a large request message that appears as soon as you visit a website, you see a small speech bubble in the address bar of the links of the web page address. It will wiggle a bit while the webpage loads.
You can still enable notifications for a website that clicks the bubble and then clicks "Allow notifications." If you do not want to see the bubble movement, you can click on "Never Allow Instead – or go to Firefox's options and disable notification requests completely.
Anyway, you will not see any pop-ups once you Mozilla says it has "discovered during testing that about 99% of notifications become unacceptable, with 48% being actively rejected by the user."
Google Chrome 80 turns off annoying prompts, also
Google follows the example in Google Chrome 80, which was released on February 4, 2020. This change is not immediately enabled for everyone, but Google says it plans to do this automatically in for people who reject notifications and again and on websites where very few people accept notifications.
To enable it manually, you can use the & # 39; Use quieter messages & # 39; To access, connect
chrome: // flags / # quiet-notification-prompts in the Chrome address bar and press Enter.
 Once you've done that, you can go to Chrome's notification settings – click on menu> Settings> Advanced> Site settings> Notifications and switch " Use quieter messages (blocks notifications to interrupt you) "in
When this feature is enabled in Chrome, you will see a bell-shaped notification icon on the right-hand side of Chrome & # 39; s omnibox, also known as the address bar. Move your mouse over it and you will see the message & # 39; You usually block notifications. Click here to inform you about this site. ”
Just like in Firefox, you can still enable notifications if you want. Websites simply cannot bother you repeatedly with pop-up notifications that interrupt your web browsing.
What about Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge?
The new version of Microsoft Edge is now based on the Chromium code that controls Google Chrome. In other words, expect Microsoft Edge to restrict web notifications in the same way as Google Chrome.
Apple has not yet announced any plans to stop these annoying notification requests in the Safari web browser. However, you can still disable notification prompts in the Safari settings. It would not surprise us if Apple would follow this example and make these reporting requests less annoying.
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