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Extensions Don't Always Work (Friday, November 11, 2005)

I've been really busy lately, and haven't had much time to do anything interesting. However, my credit union recently "upgraded" their web site, which caused me to no longer be able to log in. So after much research (of course the credit union didn't have any clue), I determined that in my version of Firefox, if you have a form tag with an autocomplete attribute and an onsubmit attribute, that the onsubmit attribute is ignored. That didn't make a whole lot of sense, and it turns out that the problem was caused by a Firefox extension designed to ignore the autocomplete attribute (non-standard, intrusive, evil attribute that it is), but instead it caused Firefox to ignore all of the attributes of the form, which is bad. So problem solved by removing that extension. In Mozilla, I used the config parameter wallet.crypto.autocompleteoverride=true to work around this issue. I believe this parameter was removed from Firefox due to the folks at Firefox caving to pressure from banks. Avoiding stupid decisions like that is why I moved away from proprietary software. Urgh. I haven't figured out if my autocomplete is still working as I want or not, but at least I can log in to my banks web site now.

—Brian (11/11/2005 11:20 AM)
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