When you hide a browser bar that means this: BAD APPLICATION DESIGN
You should not build a browser around an application. You should build the application around the browser.
People have a browser for a reason. To look at web pages. It saves our preferences, or history, or favorites, etc. Now when you mess that up, you piss me off as a user. Open a new window if you think you need to do this.
What is the main reason? More space to show stuff. Bad coding making the back button kill your application? Afraid a person can see the URL?
I have a future blog written on this stuff since it is a pet peeve when developers do this.
I agree, there are too many ways where the user can go back or change the address, Imagine you coudl do that in both IE and Nestcape (The two borowser mos people have), there will be persons with other browsers and also you have to get rid of all the posiobilities of the user with extensions and toolbars that will get you to a ton of posibilities, so I wouldn't recommend doing that, instead try to change the design.
Joined: May 12, 2005
I should explain it a bit more detailed. I wanna hide those tool/address bars because I'm building the webpages for a system to remotely access it. Those uesrs will be told ahead that tool/address bars will be hiden if the webpages is built in that way.
I want to let users to see pages like a panel. ajax is also applied inside, which would bring inconvenience if parts of page content is refleshed and no history is in back/forward button.
For these reasons, Im thinking to do it without tool/address bars.