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#22 Re: how complicated would it be to fix the page?

by AlexBishop <alex@mozillazine.org>

Thursday June 12th, 2003 4:20 PM

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"I wonder what it would take then to work around it. It certainly drives me crazy and I am sure others are not very happy about this either. So how complicated would it be?"

Password Manager is triggered by forms with an <input type="password"> element. When saving data, it grabs the contents of any textfields and possibly a few other form elements (but not stuff like the contents of textareas). It takes the contents of the first textfield to be the username.

With the MozillaZine Talkback pages, Password Manager remembers the contents of the Login, Password and Title fields. The first two will always be the same but the contents of the Title field will change from post to post. Therefore, each time you make a new post, Password Manager thinks it's a new set of login details and offers to save it. And if you let it, it will pop up a which-username-do-you-want-to-use dialogue each time you load a Talkback page.

Possible solutions to this include removing the Title field (not really viable) or creating a Hotmail-style page just for logging in (Password Manager handles these kinds of login systems very well). However, that would require making some quite major changes to the site's backend.

The best practical suggestion I have is to let Password Manager save your details once and then say 'Never for this Site' on the next occasion. That way Password Manager will stop bugging you and fill in the Login and Password boxes correctly. However, it will fill the Title field with whatever the title of your first post was, so you'll have to manually overwrite it each time.

Alex