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Re: Chrome browser preserves wrong text box on back button

From:

Jonathan Rochkind <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:51:50 -0500

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You know how you figure out the answer right after you write out the 
question?

autocomplete="false" didn't work, because that's not the proper value.

autocomplete="off" does work. While also of course disabling actual 
auto-complete, which may or may not be helpful, but at least it keeps
Chrome from doing this weird thing where it remembers your entry on 
browser back button when it ought not to.

On 12/18/2012 6:48 PM, Jonathan Rochkind wrote:
> Okay, this problem is hard to explain.
>
> Let's say I have a search box, with results under it.
>
> I enter "Monkey" in the search box, I hit "search", I get a new page
> with results for "Monkey", and the word "Monkey" pre-filled in
> the search box (using <input value="Monkey">) in the HTML.
>
> I decide I'm not happy with this search, I change the words in the
> search box to "Baboon", and I hit the submit button again.
>
> Then I press the browser back button to go back to "Monkey".
>
> Now I'm looking at a page that has results for Monkey, has an <input>
> with default value="Monkey" -- but where Chrome has 'helpfully' filled
> the textbox in with "Baboon" instead, trying to help by 'remembering'
> what I had entered there when I was first looking at the page and
> pressed submit.
>
> This is not helpful.
>
> I am not sure if other browsers will do this too.
>
> Does anyone know any way to get the browser to NOT do this? If you
> understand what I'm talking about? (autocomplete=false does not seem to
> have an effect).
>

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