I’ll be honest here. I disabled Chrome’s autofill ability. I hate it.
Maybe it’s because I have too many e-mail addresses, or even regular addresses–I moved a lot in the last couple years. Maybe it’s because my wife and I use the same computer. Maybe it’s because my international life involves too many formats for phone numbers, postal codes, and codes guichet.
But filling out forms is certainly tedious, so I was delighted to hear that there’s going to be a way for Web developers to straighten this out.
Specifically, Google and others are working on a technology that will label fields on Web pages so that browsers can know what data they’re supposed to fill in–e-mail address, phone number, or first name, for example.
Support for the “experimental” technology is now built into Chrome, Google programmer Ilya Sherman said in a blog post yesterday. Sherman also encouraged Web programmers to try the autofill feature out.
Next up: standardization.
“We’ve been working on this design in collaboration with several other autofill vendors. Like any early-stage proposal we expect this will change and evolve as the Web standards community provides feedback, but we believe this will serve as a good starting point for the discussion on how to best support autofillable forms in the HTML5 spec,” Sherman said.
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