Computer: Browsing
Tab Mute   (+7)  [vote for, against]
I'm not looking at it, so why would I want to hear it?

A feature that automatically mutes tabs when they go out of focus. It would also mute each browser window instance when it is out of focus.

You should also be able to override the muting of a specific tab if you are playing something you want to listen to (like radio) while browsing elsewhere.

This could possibly be extended to features like an auto pause for video when the tab goes out of focus, but I suspect this would have to be added as a feature that websites could code for rather than something the browser could control.
-- marklar, Feb 23 2010

Obvious. Yes.
-- wagster, Feb 23 2010


//I watch videos of debates// - ah, you're the one!
-- hippo, Feb 23 2010


Pssst! [21Q]!

//You should also be able to override the muting of a specific tab if you are playing something you want to listen to (like radio) while browsing elsewhere.//
-- wagster, Feb 23 2010


I'm suggesting that this be an add-on or a check box in settings, not default behaviour.
-- marklar, Feb 23 2010


Absolutely, yes! Yesterday i was looking for Morse code in music and the site which gave details had a MIDI soundtrack which couldn't be turned off, so i had to cut and paste the text to hear the actual tracks concerned.

[21Q], i do that too.
-- nineteenthly, Feb 23 2010


// I wonder if it was added in after my anno
No, the feature was in the idea from the start. It's just us humans with our short attention spans.
-- jutta, Feb 23 2010


a complement from Jutta is rare indeed, and also temporary it seems. Fair's fair, it was inaccurate anyway.
-- marklar, Feb 24 2010


[+] while we're at it how'bout mandating a Stop button on streaming-video: finding out after 3 seconds it's crap shouldn't mean having to download the entire thing.
-- FlyingToaster, Feb 24 2010



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