From Bugzilla Helper: User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.0.0+) Gecko/20020501 BuildID: 2002050121 The URL autocomplete function tries to match the longest/most recent term. But this gives bogus behaviour. Suppose you have a list of URLs in history, starting with say: ftp://ftp.crc.ca/pub ftp://ftp.crc.ca/pub/systems/ ftp://ftp.crc.ca/pub/systems/Linux/ ftp://ftp.crc.ca/pub/systems/Linux/by-site/ Now try to type in ftp://ftp.crc.ca. The autocomplete should show the shortest match i.e ftp://ftp.crc.ca/pub and not ftp://ftp.crc.ca/pub/systems/Linux/by-site/ which is the most-recent history information. The reason is simple. Many times I go multiple levels deep into a web-site's hierarchy and later want to go to either the web-site's main page or some level in the middle. This is not possible currently. As soon as I type ftp://ftp.crc.ca/pub, I get the longest URL autocompleted which results in lossage like pressing the delete key to delete the selected portion beyond which I don't want autocompleted and then pressing enter or typing the remaining portion of the URL. If this is the intended behaviour, I suggest giving an option to control the order of match (This is getting geekier than I thought because of the weird behaviour given by the default autocomplete...so much for UI friendliness). FWIW, IE does the expected autocomplete i.e try to match the shortest URL available (which matches the portion of URL entered till then) and then completes to longer URLs, when prompted by typing more characters. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Visit any ftp site which results in a history with one-directory variations. 2. Try to visit the site's main page later by entering portion of the URL. 3. Actual Results: Watch the autocomplete irritate you to the core by returning the longest match in history. Expected Results: Autocomplete should only autocomplete till the shortest URL history in and wait for further prodding from the user.
16 years ago
How does this bug interact with bug 141491?
Well, if you hadn't done this before I would have filed this bug because I think the behaviour is somewhat annoying. (I'll turn autocomplete off after posting this.) You got my vote. And please change OS to all, I'm using Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.1b) Gecko/20020721 Build ID: 2002072104 and got the same behaviour.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 96700 ***