[racket-dev] PLaneT + Chrome UI -- minor bad interaction

From: Shriram Krishnamurthi (sk at cs.brown.edu)
Date: Mon Sep 5 23:01:00 EDT 2011

Something in the interaction between PLaneT and Chrome is unwieldy.

PLaneT asks you to pick a username and password; odds are you don't
want to pick your email address as your username to avoid having it be
public (and because it's unwieldy).  But if you ask Chrome to remember
usernames and passwords, it assumes the SAME values for the "User
name" and "Your email address" field on


(If you create a new account, it remembers your email address rather
than your username, so when you return you can't log in with the
values it's stored.)

Similarly, on the servlet you get after logging in, in the "Manage
your account" section, there's a "Change your email address" section
with a field called "New address"; this too is automatically populated
with the username.

I confess I don't know the heuristics that browsers use to populate
these fields; Chrome generally does a good job on most sites, so it's
jarring to run into one where it seems so off.  But it could be it's
Chrome's or the Web's fault (everyone these days now just uses their
email address as a username).  Either way, something for Eli's (?)
copious free time....


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