Re: Automatic Entry and Forms

Matthew James Marnell (marnellm@portia.portia.com)
Sun, 25 Feb 1996 23:29:25 -0500


Message-Id: <199602260429.XAA10089@portia.portia.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Automatic Entry and Forms 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Sun, 25 Feb 1996 19:23:52 -0400."
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Date: Sun, 25 Feb 1996 23:29:25 -0500
From: Matthew James Marnell <marnellm@portia.portia.com>

Seems there is now a dichotomy of interpretations on this proposal.

One is a user configurable amount of info from within the browser,
the other seems to be a browser associated link between fields
in a particular form at a particular URL.  Phillip has also said
something about popping up a window asking the user to give
consent to use the info for auto-fill, and someone else proposed
that the browser warn the user when a form is requesting to
automagically fill in the blanks.

What ever happened to having computers make our lives easier.  On
the floor and out the door.  It's a pity that we have to dumb
everything down so that the user who doesn't know how to use
copy and paste or keyboard macros can fill in a form.  If you
often do submissions to the search engines or indexes, you've
already set up a simple text file for copy and paste, and if you
haven't you're not using you computer effectively.  This simple
text file scheme is no more than what www.submit-it.com does for
you, and is more versatile in that you don't have to be limited
to what Submit-It links to.  This same file functions well for
other places where forms need to be filled out just fine.

Afterall, after all the ballons and screen redraws prompting the
user if they want to do this, on a 486 running W95 with 16 Meg
of RAM, the user probably wasted more time clicking on [] OK
then they would have if they'd filled the darn thing by hand.

/V\att