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Re: Auto fill for form fields

From: Abigail <abigail@tungsten.gn.iaf.nl>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 05:13:59 +0100 (MET)
Message-Id: <199602140413.FAA06468@tungsten.gn.iaf.nl>
To: www-html@w3.org
You, Geoff Narvronsen wrote:
++ >This seems to be an obvious thing to suggest, but a search of the
++ >archive for this list didn't turn anything up. So either it's a new suggestion
++ >or I missed it (if the latter, please ignore me).
++ >
++ >I'm getting really tired of typing my name and e-mail address in form after
++ >form after form on the Web. It seems to me that a simple extension to
++ >HTML could save thousands of people from early carpal tunnel syndrome
++ >by automatically supplying commonly requested information. At first I
++ >though this belonged in HTTP, but the potential for abuse there is too high
++ >(an HTTP server might be able grab the info without your permission). So
++ >I think it makes more sense to add a "fill-in" attribute to HTML text fields
++ ><input type=text> that requests the browser to fill in a certain piece of
++ >data. This way the form can come up with user information already filled
++ >in. Privacy should not be a problem, since the user always has the option
++ >of not submitting the form or erasing the field contents.
++ this is already done in some places..
++ at www.tripod.com, when i go to the members' page, it already has my email
++ address in the field..this is supplied by netscape..
++ using my email address, it then looks into the users database and pulls up
++ my address, name, phone number, etc., and asks if it is correct..
++ i am not quite sure how the email address is pulled out, i haven't looked
++ at the source, nor have i asked if it is a cgi script, etc..but it can be
++ done..

This make me very glad I browse from a machine where no mail is
installed. I would hate a browser grabbing such information and
sending it.

Received on Tuesday, 13 February 1996 23:14:07 UTC

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