Notification.dir

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Summary

The dir property indicates the direction for the language to use within the notification.

The value for this property is set during the Notification instantiation by defining the dir property in the options' object passed to the Notification constructor.

Syntax

var direction = instanceOfNotification.dir;

Value

A string representing the current direction. It can be:

  • auto: The direction is defined automatically.
  • ltr: The text is displayed from left to right.
  • rtl: The text is displayed from right to left.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Web Notifications Working Draft Initial specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 5 webkit (see notes)
22
4.0 moz (see notes)
22
Not supported ? 6 (see notes)
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? 4.0 moz (see notes)
22
Not supported ? ?

Gecko notes

  • Prior to Firefox 22 (Firefox OS <1.2), the instantiation of a new notification must be done with the navigator.mozNotification object through its createNotification method.
  • Prior to Firefox 22 (Firefox OS <1.2), the Notification was displayed when calling the show method and was supporting the click and close events only.
  • Nick Desaulniers has written a Notification shim to cover both newer and older implementations.
  • One particular Firefox OS issue is that you can pass a path to an icon to use in the notification, but if the app is packaged you cannot use a relative path like /my_icon.png. You also can't use navigator.location.origin + "/my_icon.png" because navigator.location.origin is null in packaged apps. The manifest origin field fixes this, but it is only available in Firefox OS 1.1+. A potential solution for supporting Firefox OS <1.1 is to pass an absolute URL to an externally hosted version of the icon. This is less than ideal as the notification is displayed immediately with the icon missing, then the icon is fetched, but it works on all versions of Firefox OS.

Chrome notes

Safari notes

  • Safari started supporting notification with Safari 6 but only on Mac OSX 10.8+ (Mountain Lion).

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

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