Posts Tagged ‘Communications’

Fix: javascript location.hash throttling issue with IFrame

I had implemented a simple (and most importantly working in older browsers too) way of communication between an IFrame and its parent page via location.replace(“#” + hash), which doesn’t add entries to history like location.hash=… does, and the onhashchange event, when I noticed Edge-Chromium was throwing a “Throttling navigation to prevent the browser from hanging.” error and the lon/lat fields I had on my test page wheren’t updating anymore when I was dragging quickly for a while my location picker marker on an OpenLayers map. If I released the marker and tried after a sec it was starting working again.



since the URL shown in the error message redirects to some page that has permission denied, I looked up a discussion that explained the “–disable-ipc-flooding-protection” Chromium switch to turn off that protection, however I was not having any loop in my code that was mentioned in that discussion as probable cause.

On Firefox there was a similar error but with other message:


Searching about it I read about the “debouncing” concept (to avoid flooding some API with consequtive requests too fast/often) at


And ended up finding a simple implementation of it at

that I adapted to run in older browsers (like IE11) too:

function debounce(func, wait) {
  var timeout;
  return function() {
    var context = this;
    var args = arguments;
    clearTimeout(timeout); //clear previous scheduled execution if still pending
    timeout = setTimeout(function() { func.apply(context, args); }, wait);

function setLocationHash(hash) {
    window.location.replace("#" + hash); //don’t set window.location.hash directly, adds entries to browser history

setLocationHashDebounced = debounce(setLocationHash, 20);
    //this will make sure any setLocationHash calls that occur within 20msec replace any pending ones (all are timed to execute in steps of 20msec)


function markersUpdated(otherLocations) { //callback
    theOtherLocations = otherLocations;
    if (theOtherLocations.length > 0) {
        var hash = theOtherLocations[0].toString();

function hashChanged() {
    var hash = window.location.hash.substring(1);
    if (hash.length > 0) {
        var hashParts = hash.split(‘,’);
        if (hashParts.length >= 2){
            var location = [hashParts[0], hashParts[1]]; //[lon, lat]
            map_addOtherMarker(location); //Note: this will just move selected marker if existing and otherLocations.length = _maxOtherLocations > 0
             if (hashParts.length >= 3 && hashParts[2] == "zoom")

HowTo: Remove Skype from Windows taskbar, keep as Taskbar tray icon

An annoying feature of Skype of recent Skype versions is that by default it shows an icon on the Windows taskbar apart from the one at the taskbar tray while you’re signed in. This also means it shows in the ALT+TAB key sequence when switching between open windows, which you might not always want to happen, since you may accidentally switch to it instead of the windows you’re working with at that moment.

If it (also) had an option “Keep Skype in the taskbar during a video conversation” it would be more useful I guess.

Luckily you can turn off that behaviour from Skype’s Tools/Options menu option, by going to Advanced and then Advanced settings part of it.


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