Opened on 02/13/2018 at 05:23:59 PM

Closed on 08/29/2019 at 05:43:18 PM

#6387 closed defect (rejected)

Block element context menu does not show for divs with background image

Reported by: kzar Assignee: kzar
Priority: P2 Milestone:
Module: Platform Keywords: closed-in-favor-of-gitlab
Cc: Janevski, sebastian, greiner, Ross Blocked By:
Blocking: Platform: Unknown / Cross platform
Ready: yes Confidential: no
Tester: Unknown Verified working: no
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How to reproduce

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  2. Right click on one of the images

Observed behaviour

No "Block element" context menu item.

Expected behaviour

The option to block the element is displayed.


  • The cause is that the images are actually div elements with a background image set.
  • See the discussion here.
  • I've not looked into it but this might not actually be possible with the APIs provided, in which case we should open Firefox and Chromium issues and tag this externaldependencies.

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Change History (8)

comment:1 Changed on 10/17/2018 at 11:16:30 AM by kzar

  • Owner set to kzar

I'm not 100% sure this one is possible, but I'm having a try.

comment:2 Changed on 10/18/2018 at 04:18:10 PM by kzar

  • Cc greiner Ross added

Alright, I have a very rough proof of concept working which makes the "Block element" tool more useful in this scenario. I needed to do four things:

  1. Parse the URLs from the computed background-image style for elements.
  2. Group elements of similar size together, since elements often have multiple wrapper elements.
  3. Have the filter composer guess at which element of the group was the best candidate for blocking.
  4. Display the "Block element" context menu item for all elements.

I'm not convinced any of those things are a good idea, but I think they're worth exploring some more. Once I've tidied up my changes a bit and made a demo build, I'd really appreciate help considering the UX aspects, and help testing how well this might work in practice. I'll share the code too, but it might be too early to start reviewing the changes in detail, before we decide if any of these changes are even a good idea!

comment:3 Changed on 10/19/2018 at 02:15:35 PM by kzar

I notice this doesn't account for elements which are absolutely positioned to occupy the same space, without being the parent element. Also, we would need to give more thought to the algorithm which decides the best element to target. It would be better to target #adpos2_1 or #ads_pane than having a filter targetting style="position:absolute;display:block;width:100%;height:100%;top:0px;padding:0px;margin:0px;" for example!

Last edited on 10/19/2018 at 02:29:44 PM by kzar

comment:4 Changed on 10/19/2018 at 02:33:51 PM by kzar

If you want to take a look at the experimental changes so far, I've uploaded them. Also, I've made a test build in case you want to play with it. Ideas and feedback welcome.

Changed on 10/19/2018 at 02:34:25 PM by kzar

comment:5 Changed on 01/09/2019 at 10:14:38 AM by greiner

If we want to expand the "Block element" feature to target all elements, I'm wondering whether we should wait for ui#12 to be implemented before going forward with this change. Because if users end up being dissatisfied with what elements we think they've selected, it'd allow them to further adjust their selection.

comment:6 Changed on 01/09/2019 at 10:30:25 PM by sebastian

I'm not sure if we should add the "Block element" context menu item for all elements. Even with these improvements, there might still be elements that cannot be blocked, triggering an empty dialog.

comment:7 Changed on 08/29/2019 at 05:43:18 PM by sebastian

  • Keywords closed-in-favor-of-gitlab added
  • Resolution set to rejected
  • Status changed from new to closed

Sorry, but we switched to GitLab. If this issue is still relevant, please file it again in the new issue tracker.

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