The Internet Explorer feature I miss most in Mozilla is autocompletion for form <input> fields. IE keeps a history of what you type into each "name" of input field and uses that history for autocompletion whenever you type into a form input field with that same name. For example, after I type my address into one input field named "address", the next time I enter text into a field named "address", I just type the first character of my address, then press the down arrow key and Enter to select the address I previously typed. This feature saves much time when I fill out long forms that include my name, address, phone number, fax number, email, etc.
Mozilla's form manager does something very similar... try going to "Preferences -> Advanced -> Forms" selecting "View Saved Data", and then adding some fields and adding values for those fields. Then any time you go to a form, you can right-click on the page and select "Prefill Form" and Mozilla will fill in the information you have previously input. There is also a way for Mozilla to automatically capture data from forms you fill out, and unless you have turned it off (in "Preferences -> Advanced -> Forms") you should already have a bunch of field-value pairs stored. This is not exactly the same system as IE's, so you may want to keep this bug open after trying it. But then again, you may not. :) Changing component to Autofill, since that is the component responsible for the workings of the form manager.
Boris is right -- form manager is our answer to the IE feature that you described. My feeling when I designed form manager was that it would be better to click once to fill out an entire form than having to click on each field that you fill out. Of course an advantage of the IE method is that the capturing is automatic -- you don't have to click at all for that to happen. But I fear that that could be a security/privacy violation which could hurt Microsoft someday. In particular, if this is a shared machine, someone using the machine later can get to see the personal information that you entered into various fields. In our implementation, the saving is done only if you request it and of course you won't request it if you know you are on a shared machine. For these reasons I am marking this report as WONT-FIX. (BTW, in the recent builds we do the formfill not just by testing the "name" attribute of the <input> tag, but also by testing some of the on-screen text that precedes the field. This makes our hit rate much higher. Note this was implemented after the Netscape6 release.)
Copying self. I don't think we want to reject this idea so quickly. IE's UI is transparent and very efficient. I'm going to read the comments in 48860 before commenting further however.
I agree that we shouldn't close this up so fast. Steve, being able to prefill the entire form at once is great, and that should still certainly be an option. But I think this is a very useful feature in IE. Actually, I somewhat considered this a prerequisite for fixing bug 48982 when I filed it.
REOPENing. I really like the way IE5 gives autocompletition for the form elements on the Bugzilla Query form and is one of the main reasons that I occasionally use WinIE5 for doing Bugzilla queries. Our form completion is great for things like personal details, but I only rarely enter personal details on the web. Much more often I enter a variation on previous entries, for example similar lists of keywords on bugs or many different strings in a search engine. I find it useful to be able to browse my previous entries.
Confirming: this is a valid RFE. Helpwanted.
Also, perhaps adding `Auto-Fill Entire Form' (after a separator) to the bottom of the auto-complete menu would provide a more obvious UI for filling in the whole form than the item in the Edit menu would. It would certainly be a much more convenient and unobtrusive method of informing the user whether a given form was autofillable or not.
Netscape nav triage team: based on Steve Morse's pre-triage recommendation, this is not a beta stopper.
I agree that the auto completion of IE is a *really* nice feature which is much more handy than Mozilla's current solution. While Mozilla's form manager may be more sophisticated, IE is much more convenient for every day use. I suggest, that two concepts should be combined. IE's weakness is that you have less control over the collected data. Mozilla should have an input collect option which activates an IE like behaviour. But Mozilla should also keep the form manager concept as it stands right now. This would give the user the ability to have complete control over his data. For example, I have an entry <name> on the web site "mozilla.org", if data collection is activated Mozilla should rememver my entry and give me the possiblity to - use <name> for all sites - use <name> only on "mozilla.org" or other sites I define - never collect anything from "mozilla.org" I realize that this means a lot of work, but IMO this would be a perfect solution. It would allow an IE like behaviour if all sites are allowed to be collected from, and it would also allow very strict regulations as it is possible right now with the form manager. The user should also be able to chose from different autocompletion behaviours, i.e. doubleclick vs. IE autocompletion.
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I am ODP editor and it is quite useful to manually complete the windows to add a new URL. Many times the first part of the new URL is similar from a previous address. And with Form Manager is impossible.
adding self to cc list
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Dan, this is the bug I was talking about the other day. I was pretty sure that there weren't "mozilla" people objecting to the IE method. In comment 2 morse says "My feeling when I designed form manager was that it would be better to click once to fill out an entire form than having to click on each field that you fill out." He wontfixed and then assigned the bug to nobody. It seems to me that it was morse that killed it and not "mozilla" people. Perhaps we can get this assigned to someone and try to move forward with an implementation that is more discoverable, more like IE.
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I'm going to have to take side with people who support this. I do find it to be useful also! I'm going to vote for this too. I'm not saying that IE is better than Moz. That's not the point here. I'm saying that it is far more useful to have the autocompletion form. I have been using it alot. I also use the similar feature in Moz as well. In hte long run, I found that autocompletion make an nice addition to Moz. Althought it doesn't hurt to have it as an option in the Preference setting. If no one like it then he or she can turn it off. It's that simple! What does RFE stand for?
RFE = Request For Enhancement
Options are good! If Mozilla has some of the things that people like from IE (plus great new stuff like tabs) this will make _Mozilla_ better. Please don't anyone discount a feature's usefulness just because it's in IE! Keep your eyes on the prize - making Mozilla the Best of Breed Browser. To those who say "Forms Manager is our answer" - no. It is _an_ answer but an incomplete one. I like being aable to fill in an entire form with one menu selection; don't get me wrong. But being able to type my full address or my spouse's name by pressing One Key is VERY USEFUL TOO. RFE = Request For Enhancement
I met with many ppl asking for this. I told them about Form Manager... it's of course not the same. Any chance for TM Mozilla 1.2?
Joe, this bug's for you, I think :)
Phoenix already has most of the things we need. Will we see a move to that solution?
Just tried out Phoenix 0.2 and they have exactly what this bug is about. So much better like the form manager that exists now. Any chance it will be implemented in Mozilla?
The Phoenix autocomplete is perfect, I think Mozilla should get it.
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I heared many times people complaining Mozilla/NN does not have this feature and this is stopping them from moving to Mozilla/NN. If Phoenix have this feature so it could be fast(?) ported to mozilla... Nominating for nsbeta, changing to mozilla1.3.
I see no chances for this to go into 1.3beta. There is no standalone patch here for this. Meaby 1.4alpha? But first, owner of bug should interest in it...
This bug is assigned to firstname.lastname@example.org... Who can do this work from developers, who can be the bug's owner?
well a good guess might be the default assignee for this component, dveditz, but given that he's already cc'd here I would think that the chances that he works on this are pretty low.
Mozillazine refered to this articel, talking about 10 reasons why Phoenix is better then Mozilla: http://www.vbrad.com/pf.asp?p=articles/art_phoenix.htm Point 10 is: > # Forms intellisense, a la IE. > * This feature may have been backported to Mozilla, > though I haven't seen it yet. Does somebody know if this has happend?
Sorry for asking: Is somebody thinking about working on it? I guess Autocompletion is *really* necessary. In future some Linux/KDE users will change to Konqueror because of this feature. (Could somebody change summary to ...like *Konqueror*, IE...)
Any chance to start work with this bug? Anyone is interested in? I'm removing mozilla1.3 from keywords, and updating Summary.
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This Phoenix/Firebird have the Autocompletion features when it get built. The Seamonkey build is moving to Mozilla Browser (Firebird build) soon. So, I don't see why should this bug continue because there is no valid comments or descriptions reflecting this. Another thing, this bug can easily be fixed with a prefix option such as --enable-autocomplete or --disable-autocomplete, which isn't a difficult thing to do or an XPI or something.
FYI - I'm not familiar with where did the AutoCompletion come from or if it reside in the CVS or is an extension or something. A clarification of where it come from would be nice.
ZookQValem@yahoo.com: you're mistaken. seamonkey was seamonkey. is seamonkey. seamonkey will be seamonkey. i've even heard rumors that seamonkey is not likely to go away anytime soon. please leave technical bugs to developers.
Okay! I'll respect your comment and keep fixing other bugs since this is only an RFE.
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(In reply to comment #43) > i've even heard rumors that seamonkey is not likely to go away anytime soon. The updated roadmap has confirmed this rumor: http://www.mozilla.org/roadmap.html Prog.
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Just to be clear, I think this is a real PIA, ever since switching to MOZ, real early, many years ago now. And now here we are in firefox 1.5, and still no decent autocomplete. Just to be clear, what we want here is not to figure out what fields are what. This is for all those fields where it can't figure it out, and now, I have to fully type in my address, "819 reallLong street name St.", over and over, often many times in the same day. True, if I ever go back to those pages, it will auto fill for me. But big whoopie. I'd give anything for a simple history mechanism, for all autofill data, and a "dynamic abbrev mode, from emacs". Where I just type in "81" in a random text entry field, and it pops up to offer finishing "9 reallyLong street....". This is pretty much the way the address bar works now. Please, this is a really poor way to do forms. I for one, don't like filling a whole page, because it may have fields out of sight, off page, that get filled without my knowing or intending it. I always go field by field, and double click, and hope that it will complete, or offer a list. And then type the whole thing, when it does not. A simple history with dynamic substitution, or a quick pop up list, would be SUCH a HUGE win. Thanks, Don
(In reply to comment #47) > Just to be clear, I think this is a real PIA, ever since switching to MOZ, real (...) Please, do NOT waste our time, resources, do NOT lower signal/buzz ratio by posts like this. Please, read the Bugzilla FAQ, and look around. The bug is owned by nobody, means that noone is working on it. If you're willing, Mozilla is accepting patches. If you don't have coding skills, you can always set a bounty. Do not elaborate in Bugzilla about your requests anymore please.
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Filter on "Nobody_NScomTLD_20080620"
Basically exists now as described.