Everywhere else on my cell phone, my keyboard always has a row of helpful tips and hints about the next word I want to type in.
But whenever I am using Discourse sites here in Chrome, it’s just like I’m in password entry mode or something. There’s absolutely no help from my keyboard. It’s like I finally will have to learn how to spell or something.
I also have the problem with the missing suggestions. They just disappeared someday. But still work when I used the fast edit.
So the suggestions can work with this device, this chrome version and this keyboard.
But it is not only a discorse issue. If I change the keyboard app and use another one the suggestions work everywhere.
I did some research when the suggestions disappeared. I think there was a change in chrome to integrate suggestions (those that e.g. the google search shows, while you type) into the keyboard suggestions. But that only works with new keyboard apps.
So the keyboard app is an issue, but since it still works in the fast edit window there could be something discourse could do to make it work.
Therefore kindly cease and desist turning off people’s auto complete for no good reason. It’s not like we can just add some extension to our cell phone browser to fix it back. Name one other app that does such ridiculous thing in nice big text boxes.
Sure you might say, “Well your ASUS keyboard isn’t smart enough. It’s taking auto complete much too seriously. Use another keyboard.” Well you’re the guys who to turned off auto complete for no good reason…
So we see according to ASUS, auto complete means adding that row of choices that you see at the top of the keyboard. And now its gone, dead, Six Feet Under.
If I stumbled into this, that probably means there’s a thousand users that I’ve have “saved the lives” of today.
If I hadn’t found it they would probably just be day in day out silently accepting their bad luck… not knowing who had absconded with their row of choices.
Sure my latest Samsung isn’t affected. See that’s why you never knew the damage it was causing: it doesn’t happen on every company’s cell phone. And for the ones that it does, don’t expect the people to be able to upgrade it to some new version.
But anyway this is the only bulletin board system I’ve ever encountered that insists on turning off auto complete even in big text fields.
It’s unfortunate that some Android keyboards seem to use autofill to disable a keyboard’s predictive text, that’s really not the correct use of autocomplete="off" at all according to the HTML spec, and it conflicts with Chrome’s (also incorrect) usage of autocomplete.
It is super high priority that this be added to some advanced preference. In other words there should be some textboxes in advanced preferences, where a user can adjust these critical strings. As we have seen there’s no one size fits all.
This might make all the difference vs. painful typing for years while the user is waiting for the administrator to install the next upgrade.
Yes I’m saying some years later when the same thing happens again to a different user, they’ll be able to go straight into advanced preferences and adjust the autocomplete etc. strings to enable them to type happily ever after.
No I’m not saying to have them import some stylesheet. That’d be too complicated for some users. I’m just saying that each of such critical strings should be exposed there in advanced preferences for the user to be able to adjust if needed.
Especially on cell phones, where one cannot just install some browser plug in.
No there is no security concern. It just like allowing users to choose what color they want to paint their house. Or okay, if they like leaving their screen door open during the daytime or something.