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window.onbeforeunload not working on iPad?
MrInternets Offline

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window.onbeforeunload not working on iPad?
Does anyone know if the onbeforeunload event is supported on the iPad and/or if there's a different way to use it?

I've tried pretty much everything, and it seems like the onbeforeunload event is never triggered on the iPad (Safari browser).

Specifically, this is what I've tried:
  • window.onbeforeunload = function(event) { event.returnValue = 'test'; }
  • window.onbeforeunload = function(event) { return 'test'; }
  • (both of the above together)
  • window.onbeforeunload = function(event) { alert('test')'; }
  • (all of the above functions but inside <body onbeforeunload="...">

All of these work on FF and Safari on the PC, but not on the iPad.

Also, I've done the following just after loading the page:

alert('onbeforeunload' in window);
alert(typeof window.onbeforeunload);

And the results are

So, the browser does have the property, but for some reason it doesn't get fired.

The ways I try to navigate away from the page are by clicking the back and forward buttons, by doing a google search in the top bar, by changing location in the address bar, and by clicking on a bookmark.

Does anyone have any idea about what's going on? I'd greatly appreciate it.

2010.06.23 03:03 PM
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