Full Article Attached Mozilla 1.4 Alpha Coming Soon

Monday March 17th, 2003

Asa Dotzler has posted a message about the forthcoming 1.4 Alpha release to netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey. A number of Mozilla vendors have plans for 1.4 so it is important that both quality and scheduling targets are met in the development cycle. This means that the period between the freeze for 1.4 Alpha and its subsequent release will be days rather than weeks. Right now the freeze is scheduled for midnight on Wednesday 26th March with the release targetted for Friday 28th March.

Thanks to John for the link to Asa's newsgroup posting.

#36 Re: Re: Drop off autocomplete="off"!

by sinchi

Wednesday March 19th, 2003 10:17 AM

You are replying to this message

If I were you, I'll write a letter to bank with nearly such content (sorry for bad english):

"Dr. Sir or Madam!

According to your request we have introduced support of autocomplete="off" in our browser. But in users' opinion this feature seems to be doubtful.

The main argument which is expressed repeatedly is that there are many password managers for Internet Explorer. These utilities remember password irrespective of autocomplete parameter in form field. You can't detect this software on server side, thus the pointing of autocomplete="off" loses any sense.

If you concern that an undesirable person will launch Mozilla on the same computer and log on to your site using saved password, we would inform you that our Personal Security Manager denies using autocomplete until user enters Master Password. When user is prompted to enter Master Password for the first time, Password Quality Meter suggests him to choose long and complicated password. Moreover, our browser enables the user to log off from Personal Security Manager temporary if he/she wants to go away from workplace for a while.

There is no way to read saved form data without entering a Master Password. Autocomplete data are strongly encrypted. If user has forgotten a Master Password, he/she should use Reset Master Password feature which automatically clears all saved passwords.

We consider that using our reliable and open-source Password Manager is much better that using shady programs such as Gator for remembering passwords. If you still have reasons to keep support of autocomplete="off" in Mozilla, we would be pleased to hear it.

Regards, ..."