Re: Automatic Entry and Forms

Daniel W. Connolly (connolly@beach.w3.org)
Fri, 23 Feb 1996 22:00:47 -0500


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To: Robert Hazeltine <rhazltin@bacall.nepean.uws.edu.au>
Cc: Walter Ian Kaye <boo@best.com>, www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Automatic Entry and Forms 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Fri, 23 Feb 1996 19:56:03 +1100."
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Date: Fri, 23 Feb 1996 22:00:47 -0500
From: "Daniel W. Connolly" <connolly@beach.w3.org>

In message <Pine.SUN.3.91.960223194702.3485B-100000@bacall.nepean.uws.edu.au>, 
Robert Hazeltine writes:
>On Thu, 22 Feb 1996, Walter Ian Kaye wrote:
>
>> Well, presumably any UA supporting this would also have a set of
>> preferences such as the following:
>>  | [X] Name                                      |
>>  |     ( ) First name only                       |
>>  |     (*) Full name                             |
>>  | [X] Email address                             |
>No....
>
>Let's not presume anything of the sort...
>
>This is the most pernicious piece of crap that I have seen in a long time.
>We fought long and hard in Australia to get rid of the Australia Card and 
>this is a permutation of the same theme.
>
>If you are naive enough not to see the implications of this, move over and 
>let others overtake.


Enough of this sort of innuendo, Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt already!

Cite your sources!
Give evidence!
Present your argument!

Phil's draft was a bit brief, but there's nothing wrong with the
mechanism.  All it does is save ths user a little typing: it allows
the browser to fill in the same info the user gave last time. Just
like Quicken's QuickFill (TM?)  feature.

In my original write-up [1], I was a little more careful with the
privacy concerns (for example, be careful with HIDDEN fields.)
and I included a discussion of rights of various parties.

But if you have a REAL problem with the proposed mechanism, please
make your argument plainly.


[1] Proposals for Gathering Consumer Demographics
http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/Demographics/Proposals.html
$Id: Proposals.html,v 1.2 1995/11/06 20:05:28 macarthr Exp $ 

Dan