On-Demand / Click To Enable Plugins & Media

  • Opera 12 had a "Click To Enable" function for flash, and other video / audio plugins. The placeholder had the same dimensions as the original media, and loaded the underlying media on-demand (by clicking on the element).
    Sadly this functionality was never widely adopted.

    I would love to see a similar feature in Vivaldi - where flash, HTML5 Video, and other media plugins were greyed-out by a placeholder until interacted with / actively enabled by the user.

    This would prevent unnecessary data / CPU / GPU usage, reduce obtrusive advertising, and prevent autoplay videos from annoying everyone.

    The result is faster, more harmonious browsing, using limited resources on-demand, rather than at the whim of unscrupulous and inconsiderate web developers.

    It also rewards thoughtful design - e.g. instead of needing to use ad-blockers, which blanket-block even unobtrusive advertising, limiting revenue for even legitimate websites, we can instead hopefully lead the shift to "UX-ethical" advertising and design.

  • For now, go to chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy > Document user activation is required, then restart browser.
    I heard Chrome will tweak the autoplay behavior in April. Hope it will be as good as we want it to be.

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