Please Stop These Annoying Cookie Popups

cookies1Ok, I get the basic idea with these cookie messages. It is to protect our privacy. Sure. But why do they need to be so annoying? And why does they all behave in different ways?

A far better solution would be to manage this natively in the browser, rather than having each individual website to manage this. Moving this responsibility would be good in two ways. First of all, not every website owner would have to reinvent the wheel and develop their own solution. Even more importantly we should get a consistent user experience. There is quite a few bad examples out there, and sure there is some pretty decent implementations as well, however it is still a very inconsistent user experience.

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My proposal for all the web browser developers out there would be to add native support for cookie information. Since most websites anyway simply informs about the use of cookies and urge you to leave the website if you do not comply, this would be rather easy to achieve. However while addressing this issue it would be a good idea to take this one step further and let the user decide wether or not to generally always accept cookies (and most of us probably do anyway already). We could also get the choice to easily explicitly disable cookies for a specific website.

I have no detailed proposal, but basically each website should only need to present a short message about how they utilize cookies and supply a url to a website with more detailed information. Given that this information is present in the source code (in a meta-tag?) the web browser could decide how to present this to the user in a uniform manner. And my suggestion here is a solution similar to how secure websites would be displayed in modern browsers. Consider these sketches:

Browser_CookiePrivacy_Ok_MikaelLeven

Browser_CookiePrivacy_Choice_MikaelLeven

Browser_CookiePrivacy_Disabled_MikaelLeven

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Two web browser buttons I miss

WebBrowser Buttons I MissToday web browsers has standardized behavior for navigating back and forward as well as stop loading respectively re-load a page. But there is two buttons I (personally) miss:

Scroll top top
On my iOS device I can touch the menu bar at the top of any application to get to the top (where menus etc most often are). Many websites solves this using various home made solutions, most of them not really that good, but worse it they never behave the same. This could easily be solved by the web browser manufacturer by adding a toolbar button (and keyboard shortcut) for this. Regardless of where you are on the page, regardless of website, you could always scroll to the top.

Show menu
The second button might be a bit trickier to solve using contemporary standards and browser compliance. However almost every website has a main navigation of some sort. Most websites also has a sitemap. Both the sitemap and the typical navigation contains structured information that describes the structure of a website. Using this data it would be possible for the browser to present a standardized menu regardless of which page you are looking and no matter where on the page you are currently viewing. And if this is hard to achieve, the browser would at least be able to display the implemented html menu (by simply open it and scroll into focus). Either way on long pages and especially those websites with the mobile friendly “hamburger menu” would benefit of this button.