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May 18th, 2001

Excuse me, I’m typing!

A lot of today’s browsers are convenient, aren’t they? Particularly IE, with its handy form-filler and the like. Plus, as we know, IE is a super super speed demon when it comes to page rendering! Er, wait. It’s not.

Sometimes it’s not that speedy. And sometimes the pages I’m loading contain login forms – such as at my bank’s site. So, I’ll just tab/click over to the username field and start typing. Almost every time, without fail, the page will finish loading as I’m typing my password and – ah! – IE "thoughtfully" puts me back to the first form field on the page. What a convenient feature!

One of the programs that seemed to avoid a version of this dilemma was Opera. But with Opera 5, the designers have said, "Screw you fast typers!" One of my other browsing techniques is… if a page doesn’t load quick enough, or I’ve typoed the address, I’ll just clear out the address bar and start anew. But, yes, once the page is done loading, my address bar is "thoughtfully" changed back to the current location, and the cursor is plunked at the start of it all. So I end up with something cute like w.dailyping.cohttp://www. at the start.

The solution? Actually, there are two. First, simply, check if the user is typing in the address bar or in a form field, and let the user finish. I don’t care if my bank’s 20K image comes up or not while I’m typing – I want to login! Alternately, I can blame it on the inconsistencies of the Windows UI – if I’m not supposed to be typing at that time, don’t make the form available to me. Grey it out. Kill it.

Got any browser bugaboos? -pm

Posted in Technology

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday May 18, 2001 -- 12:46:32AM
My most hated "stupid browser trick" is in IE... a lot of times it has the habit of showing as much of the page as it can and putting special icons in the place of images that are loading. The problem is that when the images are first loading, the spaceholding icons aren't the correct size (this may be caused by crappy designers who leave out the width and height attributes). However, once the size of the image is determined, the space fills up to the correct size. When this happens, though, all the text that wrapped around the picture gets shifted. Inevitably, every time this happens, I have my cursor over a link and I click the split second after the text moves. I then have to re-scan the page visually and find the link again. Incredibly irritating.

Opera does have its few annoyances but they are MUCH fewer than with NS or IE.

Big surprise that I mention Opera in a Ping about browsers, I know. :)

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday May 18, 2001 -- 7:37:19AM
Yeah, that's a bugger too. Put me down for disliking that.

Don't get me started on Opera with CSS, though. While it's still one of the best standards-compliant browsers, it interprets some CSS rather creatively (ie, fixed backgrounds).

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday May 18, 2001 -- 9:04:53AM
A few years ago someone had this happen to them while accessing their email from my computer. I learned that her password was "buttface".

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:21:15 pm

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