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Chrome gets desktop notifications through WebKit

Through Webkit’s new draft notification API, Chrome now has support for text and HTML desktop notifications. 

Posted on his blog, Mohit Muthanna outlines how developers can now incorporate native desktop notifications into their web-based software. Specific usage examples include online email, instant messaging, calendaring, task management, monitoring systems, and so on.

Fortunately for end-users, the API requires that users authorize notifications before they can appear. Additionally, notifications can’t popup right when a user visits a page and thus requires a secondary click or action to trigger them.

If you’re running the latest version of Chrome, try it for yourself at Muthanna’s demo page. First request permission to allow notifications and then click “notify me”. An HTML and delayed notification demo is also available here.

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