iPhone Safari hidden "Action" popup

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by photobiker, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. photobiker macrumors member


    Feb 20, 2006
    I haven't seen this described anywhere so...

    - Open Safari on the iPhone
    - Visit a page with some margins, like most pages have (the pictures below were taken with http://news.yahoo.com and http://dpreview.com)
    - Tap-and-hold inside the margin, the screen is dimmed
    - Hold your finger perfectly still for 2 seconds
    ==> An "Action" popup menu appears

    I did not get the "Action" popup to do anything but it sure looks like the prototype of a UI that could be used for copy/paste. Maybe one of you will find a way to associate an actual action to it?

    On some pages where the margin is fairly narrow (like the left margin of dpreview.com), you have to tap completely to the left of the screen, maybe with half the finger out of the screen.

    Here are the pictures....

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  2. Okiewan, Aug 21, 2007
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  3. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    Not working for me. Maybe because I've updated to 1.0.2? What version of iPhone software are you running?
  4. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I can reproduce it on iPhone 1.0.2. I have to hit the very edge of the physical screen for it to happen

  5. boss1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    What's interesting to me is that it happens on "blank" portions of the web interface.

    I think this is probably going to develop into options similar to what you get if you right click on blank portions of a web browser on a destkop? Maybe even cool options like "take a screenshot and save to photos".
  6. CyberGeek macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    I'm afraid there's nothing special about it, and it existed since the iPhone came out.

    With the iPhone web browser, if you press and hold on a link you will eventually see one of those bubbles telling you the url that the link points to. If an element has a Javascript event rigged up to occur on click, you will get the word "Action" instead of a URL.

    Basically, that bubble is just letting you know that the space you're clicking on is set up to perform some sort of Javascript event if you click it.
  7. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    After much tapping, I finally got it to work on news.yahoo.com. Haven't had any luck on other sites. My finger is now numb from repetitive tap syndrome.
  8. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    (that first picture looks like a butt; plumber butt :D)
  9. sh4ners macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2006
    go to a news site click and hold on a link... it pops up with the name of the link.
  10. paulyras macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2006
    Yeah, I remember a post on MR way back in the day (1.0.0), and I was able to get it to work on google news, so it's been there all along. I always wondered if it was a copy / paste, etc... (right click stuff) that wasn't ready for prime time so was cut, but somehow slipped in under certain situations.

  11. ventro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2006
    It might be one of those google analytics click overlays where site admins can view heatmaps of where people are clicking on their sites. Clicking somewhere on the page triggers a javascript function which maps out the location of the click, so the 'Action' is triggered.
  12. boss1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    I understand some here are saying that it's pretty much the same function that occurs when holding on a link. but it's curious that the word is "action" implying just that. I'm having trouble swallowing the javascript explanation for the "action" pop up. But that maybe due to my lack of in depth working knowledge in javascript and html.
  13. smccostlin macrumors newbie


    Jun 25, 2007
    San Jose, CA
    I think this is something that is completely overlooked, and everyone will be surprised when apple comes back and fixes the problem by adding some new stuff that no-one ever imagined (which apple tends to do all the time).
  14. chr1s60 macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Perhaps this is something that will have a use for copy/paste or saving pictures from safari to the iPhone in the near future.
  15. crees! macrumors 68000


    Jun 14, 2003
    If this is the case then maybe there is an onload event handler on the body of the page, Javascript this is.
  16. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    The iPhone has always done this in Safari for me. For example, if you do it over a link, it will display the URL.

    I do recall seeing "Action" before and just thought the page was messed up.
  17. bdj21ya macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    This is a lame article (and yet here I am posting a reply). I do think it is related to javascript, as I've come in contact with it myself when adding javascript events to elements in my iPhone apps. Specifically, I was trying to get the focus function to actually work (I can see why they disabled it for browsing, but it would be really useful for web apps). I'm still bitter about this lame lame solution for 3rd party apps.
  18. Poll Smoker macrumors 6502a

    Poll Smoker

    Jul 20, 2007
    Yeah. Like it was brought up in the article. :rolleyes:

    "Note that this shouldn't be confused with pressing-and-holding on links in Safari which has long been known to bring up the target of the link..."
  19. Daiden macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    It's presumably for future features, like Copy & Paste.
  20. mozmac macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I think this is a representation of how pathetic some iPhone news is. We want to talk about it so much, but we run out of things to say because Apple hasn't given us very much.
  21. photobiker thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 20, 2006
    "mozmac", given your username I thought you could see why an event handler attached to the Canvas in the UA stylesheet (which is probably what we see here) could have interesting ramifications. :)
  22. badtzmaru macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
    as others have said, safari has displayed this behavior since the iphone came out. It typically happens when you touch javascript links. I noticed it after someone pointed out that holding down a link shows a popup with the URL. So I did this on as many links as possible and saw the "Action" popup.
  23. Bob Knob macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2003
    Does not work on a blank page

    I tested this on a blank web page and there was no "action" popup. This confirms that it is not the same function as a right/control click in a blank section of a web page.
  24. kbrain2929 macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2007
    The Ville', KY
    Looks a future copy and paste to me! Don't you think so? :rolleyes: :apple:
  25. ben5959 macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2007
    which way?

    For some reason i cant get it to pop up in portrait view, but as soon as i flip it to landscape, it pops up, anybod else experience this?:confused:

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