[thelist] Browser Autocomplete

John.Brooking at sappi.com John.Brooking at sappi.com
Thu Jul 8 13:41:35 CDT 2004

> From: "Sam Carter" <scforum at iness.com>
> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
> Subject: [thelist] Browser Autocomplete
> If I have a single-line text input form field, is there any HTML that
> can be used to ensure autocomplete will not operate in that field?

I do not know of a way to turn off autocompletion on a field-by-field basis,
but Internet Explorer provides an "AUTOCOMPLETE" attribute for the FORM tag
[1] which allows you to turn it off for that whole form.

>>Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 17:27:58 +0200
>>From: "Andreas Wahlin" <Andreas.Wahlin at ufl.gu.se>
>>To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
>>Subject: SV: [thelist] Browser Autocomplete
>>AS a side point, why disallow autocompletion?

Well, I decided to because I was using onChange in INPUT fields to record
whether or not a field had changed, and found that this event does not fire
if auto-completion is used (as noted in this tip[2] and subsequent
discussion from last year [sort the archive week by subject]). I
investigated a number of different work-arounds, and concluded [3] that
turning the feature off for my form was the easiest solution. Now that I
think about it, I'm not sure what happens if users of other browsers are
using auto-complete, perhaps my form is still broken for them! :-(

[2] http://lists.evolt.org/archive/Week-of-Mon-20030714/144815.html
[3] http://lists.evolt.org/archive/Week-of-Mon-20030908/148069.html

John Brooking, Application Developer
Sappi Fine Paper
South Portland, ME, 04106 USA

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