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September 19th, 2005

Another Browser Feature Idea

The most frustrating thing any of us can do when surfing the web is close a window with form data by accident, losing all of the data entered. I’ll give a gold star to the first browser that 1.) displays a warning if you try and close a window with information that you’ve added to a form and 2.) periodically saves the thusfar-entered form data so that if you close the tab and “undo” the close or if your browser crashes, you get your data back when you reopen the window or restart the browser.

I’m sure Paul and I have lost at least a few Pings-in-the-works this way over the years.

Posted in Technology

DATE: Monday September 19, 2005 -- 8:36:41 am
It's not browser feature, but I have noticed that blogspot sites warn you if you try to navigate away before entering a comment into the form. Seems like it be a simple enough Firefox plug-in to code...

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 19, 2005 -- 3:38:33 pm
You could do it as a window.onunload event handler. It could step through document.forms[], then walk the controls on the form to see if value == defaultValue or not.

It could be slow, though, and the slowdown would affect every page. If the problem is mainly just when you're writing Pings, it might be easier to code it into that one page...

FROM: snaily
DATE: Monday September 19, 2005 -- 4:21:06 pm
yes i thought i was the only one who did that! everytime i spend hours getting info, i end up accidentally closing the window and then wasting another five minutes cursing at the stupid computer screen! its very frustrating. i love your idea for a browser. lemme know if u miraculously find one or something...

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday September 19, 2005 -- 4:23:57 pm
For long comments, I compose in MS Word and then cut and paste.

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