[whatwg] Re: autocomplete=off

Malcolm Rowe malcolm-what at farside.org.uk
Wed Jun 16 10:47:03 PDT 2004

Jim Ley writes:
>> Banks require this of UAs anyway. IE and Mozilla implemented this years
>> ago. WF2 is just documenting implemented behaviour.
> Banks DO NOT require this, as I explained it's trivial to override in
> all existing UA's with a MUST restriction it would become impossible
> to override.

I assure you that banks *DO* require this, to the extent that they actively 
block clients that don't support it, but otherwise allow the user to 
remember usernames/passwords. Admittedly, that list is essentially 'old 
versions of Mozilla', but the only reason it's not 'all versions of Mozilla' 
is support for that attribute. 

And while there *is* a hidden pref in Mozilla to get it to ignore that 
attribute (IIRC), it's hardly 'trivial' to override. What's more, if we 
started publicising that pref heavily, I strongly suspect that banks would 
'de-support' Mozilla until such time as the pref was removed. 

See bugzilla for examples. Financial institutions really really DO require 
this of clients; stating it as anything other than a MUST requirement would 
be pointless (although I'm happy for Mozilla to continue to be non-compliant 
in this area of the spec). 


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