Responding mainly to the optimistic vibe in the article and comment section on 0xfe’s brilliant article on webkit notifications I have the following brief’ish commentary: first of all the chrome dev’s need to get the window-on-top-feature under their belt, otherwise these messages/notifications are simply going to disappear in mass numbers into the land of behind-the-app. [edit: thnx to NoFancyNick for pointing out that my browser is broken]
Secondarily I’m in 2 minds about the permission asking (same with localstorage i html5) – as in: is there any web-developers that will make use of features that demands their non-super-geek-userbase to press novel and scary invented-for-the-occasion buttons in their browsers before their site/app will work as intended? I seriously wonder: if I am to construct a notification (which is actually the case in regards to the db admin shell I’m currently working on) it is obviously better for me to use a jQuery attention grabber (like Tim Benniks’ “growl-like”). It would in essence never work for my no-tech users that they had to take into consideration whether a yellow bar is asking them some obscure message about accessing their desktop during their admin session.. it would spell out consistent and reoccurring user problems!
Lastly, while these app-like features are definitely needed we do need to find another option than the permission asking game – it works for users that are installing Firefox add-ons as second-nature thing but the rest of humanity have just come around to NOT clicking every single thing asking them for permission because it caused their computer to die of virus overload (which you and I had to fix for them). Not good.