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Displaying a confirmation box inside javascript unload event

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HI,
I have added an unload event to my page like :
window.addEventListener('unload', function(event) {
    if(cancel === false) {
        return "Changes you made will not be saved";
    }
});

Bascially when unloading happens i want a confirmation dialog to appear
with two buttons ok and cancel. And if user presses ok then proceed with the normal flow otherwise stop closing of the current window.

But somwhow the dialog itself is not appearing. Many places say that
you cannot have confirmation dialog from inside an unload event so i tried returning a string but that also didnt work.
I am making it work in chrome .

Thanks
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Question by:Rohit Bajaj
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window.onbeforeunload = function(){
  return 'Changes you made will not be saved';
};

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by:Rohit Bajaj
ID: 41738542
This does not work. Setting breakpoints the code is not reachable!! This is happening most likely because my web application is opened inside an iframe and close button is not part of my application. So although window.addEventListener('unload' this was getting executed but problem was with confirmation dialog. The code mentioned by you is ignored.
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