[Greasemonkey] What is window.addEventListener('load', ...) required?

Aaron Boodman zboogs at gmail.com
Fri Apr 15 09:48:19 EDT 2005

In a nutshell, you should not use onload unless not using crashes firefox :)

On 4/15/05, Jeremy Dunck <jdunck at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 4/15/05, Mark Pilgrim <pilgrim at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Subject says it all: under what circumstances would you want to delay
> > execution of some portion of your script until window onload?  I ran
> > across this comment in BetterDir, written at about 4 AM:
> We originally injected on load, but that caused flickering.  So we
> moved injection to DOMContentLoaded (a FF-specific event), which
> worked great, except when it didn't.
> Seems that the DOM's parsed and loaded when that event's loaded, but
> internal magic is happening which assumes the DOM structure is stable
> (and maybe non-blocking) between the DOMContentLoaded and
> document.load events.
> I can't find the first report, but I apparently knew about the problem
> on Mar 21:
> http://www.kryogenix.org/days/2005/03/21/textplain
> Therein, sil is replacing the entire document content w/ a new
> document using document.write().
> Here's the first report on list:
> http://www.mozdev.org/pipermail/greasemonkey/2005-March/000490.html
> Wherein the script is replacing the entire document contents with
> document.innerHTML = "foo".  Or at least, it was.  If only we had a
> version archive...
> So I thought I understood the problem (and the solution: don't replace
> the entire document contents!), but then this data point:
> http://www.mozdev.org/pipermail/greasemonkey/2005-March/000571.html
> Wherein the script simply pops alert on ebay.com.  It worked for me,
> but crashed other's browsers.
> But we may be moving before DOMContentLoaded, which why Aaron's been
> talking about HTML Overlays lately.
> Here's (sort of) an explanation of how that would be accomplished:
> http://www.mozdev.org/pipermail/greasemonkey/2005-March/000616.html
> So.. We don't really know under which conditions the crash occurs, but
> these rules of thumb seem to address the issue:
>  * don't do anything blocking when first injected
>  * don't replace the entire contents of the document when first injected.
> ... Of course, I may have missed a data point.
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