Tuesday, August 26th 2008
In my view, form-filling is one area that can be improved a lot. I have been trying a few extensions that aim to improve form filling on the web, but they aren’t smart enough and they require a lot of pre-configuration.
Instead, form filling in Firefox should take a few lessons from the awesomebar:
Use data from forms on all visited websites to give suggestions. So if I have ever entered
David Naylor into a box it will be suggested when I want to enter it (and start typing
D…) on a website I never visited before.
Using all the saved entries as suggestions will give us a problem of very/too many suggestions. This can be countered by the following improvements:
Count form entries per site: When visiting Gmail, keep track of the fact that I’m entering my own user name almost every time and put it at the top of the suggested list (even before I type anything). Then stick my girlfriend as number two, etc. (Currently entries are listed in the order they were first entered, right?)
Count form entries across sites: When I visit a new webshop, understand that I’m most likely to type
David Naylor when I start typing
D… into a form.
I guess, ideally, Firefox should understand whether I’m about to type into a
name box or an
When asking whether to save a password, Firefox should give the user the option to
log in automatically (fill login + password and submitting) in the future.