Standard Features Missing in Opera – Form Autocomplete

Today's standard feature that Opera is missing is form autcomplete.

When you submit text fields in a form on a web page, IE, Firefox, Safari and Chrome all *automatically* save the values for later use for the web page. Then, when you type in that field again, the browser either autocompletes inline or shows a drop-down (that might be resizable with dragging) of your previously-typed text values where you can choose one to auto-fill the field. Further, in IE, Chrome and Firefox, you can press the down arrow in the field to bring up the list without typing anything.

Opera does have the wand for saving usernames and passwords. They're not auto-filled into the form where you can just click the login button for the form though. You have to invoke a keyboard shortcut, mouse gesture or click a button. But, that's consider an upside for some Opera users.

Opera also has the notes panel where you can save notes. In a form text field, you can right-click and goto "insert note" or just press the down arrow to get to the notes. Using this, you could put some common things you use in forms as notes.

Opera also has "Ctrl + F12 -> Forms" where you can predefine some auto-fill info for particular text fields that have a certain HTML name/type attribute. Opera will then support autocomplete, for those particular fields.

But, for all of those things that Opera has, it's limited and it doesn't support automatic autocomplete like other browsers do.

11 Replies to “Standard Features Missing in Opera – Form Autocomplete”

  1. Preferences: Forms will work on any non-password text field. It offers auto-complete for common data you enter (naming your personal data + some custom fields). That not everything you ever typed in an text field is remembered is more a privacy feature than a feature omission.

  2. Originally posted by daniel:references: Forms will work on any non-password text field. It offers auto-complete for common data you enter (naming your personal data + some custom fields).Thanks.Originally posted by daniel:That not everything you ever typed in an text field is remembered is more a privacy feature than a feature omission.Yeh. Just don’t think there’s anything to be concerned about with this feature. Other browsers agree.

  3. But Opera does have the autocomplete feature for URIs in the address field, which also remembers “everything that you have ever typed in”, so I cannot understand the oft-cited “reasoning” that its inclusion could be a “privacy concern”, especially if the other major bowsers (totalling some 95 % of global browser usage share) do not consider it as such; moreover, they have it as an optional feature (unlike, say, “tab sticking” in Opera), but they have it as enabled by default.

  4. Originally posted by daniel:Preferences: Forms will work on any non-password text field. It offers auto-complete for common data you enter (naming your personal data + some custom fields). That not everything you ever typed in an text field is remembered is more a privacy feature than a feature omission.This is PLAIN WRONG. Since the time Opera implements Private browsing, this is no acceptable justification. The correct way of working should be: – If I type in fields of a normal Tab/Window, the text should be added to the Autocomplete list- If I type in fields of a Private Tab/Window, the text should not be added to the Autocomplete listSo, if I want things to not remember what I typed, I just open a Private space and continue without any worries

  5. Originally posted by Antikapitalista:E.g. mandatory tab sticking is another such thing. They boast about their browser being so customizable, yet neither that annoying tab sticking can’t be turned off I’m sure they knew from the beginning that users would want and need an option to turn it off. But, they always try really hard to get away with having options. Options (depending the situation) can add a bunch of complexity to code.I’d personally would rather Opera give up and just preemptively provide a toggle for new features instead of waiting to see if a bunch of users complain. I understand both sides, but that’s my preference.

  6. Originally posted by Antikapitalista:Obviously, their “reasoning” sounds like patent nonsense That would make me at least feel better if that was the reason Opera doesn’t have it. But, I can’t see that being the reason.

  7. Exactly, comrade Sergiol, that was my point all along; I just wanted to expose their nonsense in their own terms. Thank you for your support.Obviously, their “reasoning” sounds like patent nonsense, esp. because we have the “porn mode” for that. In fact, the “porn mode” was developed precisely to address that issue.Unfortunately, Opera Software has a rather nasty history of obnoxious arrogance when it comes to certain issues or misfeatures on which some prick inside is hell-bent, undoubtedly.E.g. mandatory tab sticking is another such thing. They boast about their browser being oh-so-customizable and having “everything out of the box”, yet some Opera shock-troopers keep referring everyone to a controversial extension that causes more trouble than it’s worth… and neither that annoying tab sticking can be turned off, nor the tab bar can be made fixed (instead of being accidentally resizable).Thus tab management with a trackpad (not to mention a trackpoint) is one hell of an experience!

  8. Well, at least I tried to outline why it sounds like “patent nonsense” (that is the politically correct for “utter bullshit”, right? 😉 )…But all such requests have been met with “deafening silence” so far… :-(I wonder if it is a lot cheaper to lobby the EU to push through a browser selection screen, rather than focus on features that users deem important.For my part, I feel at least uneasy (if not outright ashamed) to recommend Opera to my friends and acquaintances, precisely because of this annoying lack of a feature that they have learnt to take for granted in the other browsers.With all decency, I cannot go peddling Opera as the best browser, when it has such an embarrassing user-interaction flaw.

  9. Originally posted by burnout426:I’m sure they knew from the beginning that users would want and need an option to turn it off.
    Maybe, although I am not so sure. If they do some research on usability and user acceptance testing—which I suppose they do, at least they ought to—then they must be quite obtuse.

    Originally posted by burnout426:But, they always try really hard to get away with having options. Options (depending the situation) can add a bunch of complexity to code.I’d personally would rather Opera give up and just preemptively provide a toggle for new features instead of waiting to see if a bunch of users complain. I understand both sides, but that’s my preference.
    Well, I would say that the increase in complexity would be negligible, esp. in comparison with the complexity required for its implementation. And it should be most trivial at that.
    http://my.opera.com/community/forums/findpost.pl?id=9745272

    In fact, when it was introduced, about 1/2 of the users welcomed it, about 1/2 of the users condemned it, but almost all the users agreed that it ought to be optional.

    But I suppose that the blatant arrogance of Opera Software puts many people off and quells their enthusiasm for evangelism…

  10. Bill Laurin writes:All the features that brought me to opera in the first place some how have been deleted or changed. The side bar is gone. I used to put utility sites there like Wikipedia, or dictionary and many other sites that I used all of the time. Click on the left or right pane and there they were. Form Data auto complete gone. How about site filters. Seemingly gone. In my mind I went to Opera because of these features and these features alone because no one else had them at the time. I have been with Opera since the beginning and have watched it grow and morph into something always better and more efficient. Until version 15. Now it seems to have gone backwards. I am so disappointed feeling like going elsewhere. So often I would have to go to another browser just because I could not view the page in Opera but still, because of the things I loved I stayed loyal with only a few digressions. BUT!!! Now! I am not so sure.Disappointed!

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