About Automatic Entry: Profiling

Michele Bassan (bassan@pdadr1.pd.cnr.it)
Sun, 25 Feb 1996 16:37:16 +0100

Date: Sun, 25 Feb 1996 16:37:16 +0100
From: bassan@pdadr1.pd.cnr.it (Michele Bassan)
Subject: About Automatic Entry: Profiling
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <v01530501ad5631ed4082@[]>

As this matter is finally being worked on, I want to add a point, not strictly
HTML related, but surely strictly related to this topic:
browsers need user profiling.

In a few words:
1 -I use my computer at work together with my room mate
2 -I use my computer at home together with my wife (sons later)
3 -I use my computer for hobbystic programmin-surfing together with a friend.

Therefore browsers should allow to instantly switch from one user profile to the
other. Otherwise all this automatic filling will not be useful. I am pretty
sure that for a while people won't have two or more separate computers at home,
one each head.

Eudora allows something similar, if you create a numer of setting files with
different names (although not exactly so: the recipients file is hard-linked to
the settings file, and I have to manually keep aligned my three setting files
for the three different computers I have adresses on).

> We could make it so that hidden fields CANNOT be automatically
>filled in, as Alexei Kosut suggested.


DAN's proposal
>The browser keeps a table that maps:
>        URI , field-name -> value
>The table is initially empty (except for vendor-specific, or
>site-specific defaults, perhaps), but it persists between
>invocations. For example, it's stored in the users' $HOME directory,
>or in a .ini file.

Right to the point and agreed. Needs profiling still.

Michele Bassan