Re: Automatic Entry and Forms

Matthew James Marnell (marnellm@portia.portia.com)
Sat, 24 Feb 1996 01:47:38 -0500


Message-Id: <199602240647.BAA24157@portia.portia.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Automatic Entry and Forms 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Fri, 23 Feb 1996 12:39:42 EST."
             <Pine.OSF.3.91.960223121018.3649C-100000@homer.louisville.edu> 
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 1996 01:47:38 -0500
From: Matthew James Marnell <marnellm@portia.portia.com>

:>>     <input type="text" name="email">
:>>     <input type="text" name="first-name">
:>>     <input type="text" name="last-name">
:>
:>Exactly! Very simple. Giving the field a name has nothing to do with the 
:>server being able to grab your information without you wanting to send 
:>it. a server can only request the info. If the browser is set to NOT GIVE 
:>IT, then it can't get it. If you don't want particular pieces of 
:>information to be automatically filled in by your browser, just don't 
:>type that information into your browser's preferences; then it will have 
:>nothing to fill in. The browser can even have an option to turn this 
:>feature on or off. It's the browser that GIVES the information, NOT the 
:>server that GRABS it.

Gosh, this all would certainly replace my need to have a simple text
file with info I fill out often to copy and paste into forms.  In
fact, I had to jump through hoops to get copy and paste working with
X-Windows, but I hear it's a breeze Windows, and I know it's easy on
the Mac.

All I can keep seeing is a press release by some company, or about some
browser company shipping their browser broken so that many users on
the net unwittingly send their info to thousand of people who have
no other intention than to use and abuse the info.

But you kids go ahead and do it.  Don't let a little paranoid
curmedgeon like myself stop you.

/V\att