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FF3 autocomplete control/configuration inquiry

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2007 00:33:32 +0000
To: dev-accessibility@lists.mozilla.org
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Message-Id: <20071206002044.M16777@hicom.net>


before filing the following as a bug, i wanted to make sure that there 
isn't an easy and obvious solution that' eluded me...

am i the only one who's noticed or been affected by the changes to the 
location bar's auto-complete mechanism in the last 3 to 4 nightly 
builds?  i can no longer type into the location bar, due to a VERY 
aggressive auto-complete interface and i cannot find anything akin 
to the auto-complete options property sheet of SeaMonkey in Minefield...

the build i'm currently testing is:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9b2pre) 
Gecko/2007120505 Minefield/3.0b2pre

as soon as i begin to type into the location bar, my screen reader 
announces "context menu, list box list box, one of 25" -- unless, of 
course i type more than one character in the location bar, in which case
newly input text (what i type) is appended to the end of a randomly 
selected URI -- even when the location bar is blank, typing a URI 
causes a previously visited URI to be randomly chosen (without 
notification from my screen reader, JAWS 9.0.515) with the result that 
the input being typed to the location bar is appended to the randomly 
chosen URI...

the bottom line is that only by copying-and-pasting a complete URI into 
the location bar, can i actually use the location bar...

this is precisely the default behavior of SeaMonkey 1.2, and even with 
the latest release of SeaMonkey, it takes considerable tailoring of the 
auto-complete mechanism in order to make it usable by some users 
(because, obviously, autocomplete began as an accessibility aid, and 
have utility -- what is needed is fine granular control over the 
workings of the auto-complete mechanism, such as those offered by 
SeaMonkey 1.6:

     [2 notes: (1) the convention "[ ]" (left bracket space 
     right bracket) is used to indicate a checkbox, and (2) 
     the default setting is: "Location Bar Autocomplete" with 
     all of its sub-properties enabled]

"Location Bar AutoComplete"

[ ] Automatically complete text typed into the Location Bar
[Advanced Button]

activating the "Advanced" button generates an "Autocomplete Preferences"
property sheet, which offers the following options:

Autocomplete Preferences
 [ ] Autocomplete best match as you type
 [ ] Show list of matching results
 [ ] Show internet search engine
 [ ] Match only websites you've typed previously

more information on SeaMonkey is available at:

oh, and speaking of SeaMonkey, aaron and marco, will FF3 replace 
navigator in SeaMonkey when FF3 ships?

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