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IE7/8: The error message will read null instead of the normal You have started writing or editing a post.

Firefox: Nothing happens and you are taken to the link without being prompted.

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

This is fixed in the next push.

I was returning null in the onbeforeunload handler instead of not returning anything, e.g.:

// incorrect behavior in IE
window.onbeforeunload = function() {
   return (hasUserEnteredText) ? "You've started writing a post!" : null;

// correct behavior everywhere!
window.onbeforeunload = function() {
   if (hasUserEnteredText)
      return "You've started writing a post!";
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I'm not getting any message box at all when I do this (Firefox 3.5.3)

Confirmed: I am getting it in IE7...

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Same here. No repro. – Robert Cartaino Oct 13 '09 at 21:47

Appears to be IE specific.

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Surprise surprise. – GManNickG Oct 13 '09 at 22:17

Confirmed: Windows XP in IE 7

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