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Author Topic: IDEA: copy last text field inside a browser  (Read 14108 times)

bardamu2000

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IDEA: copy last text field inside a browser
« on: January 17, 2008, 06:13:00 PM »
Well, complicated heading, I suppose.

I am thinking of a workaround for a big web annoyance: having just finished entering a larger text into a web form (e.g. the body of an email or an entry in a forum) than hitting the right button, but having lost connection or the session, or hitting the wrong button and leaving the current page -> your entry is lost.

I usually do Ctrl-A Ctrl-C to have a backup of my entry before I continue navigating, but I think that could be done automatically: copying the contents of the text field having the last focus. Maybe this is an idea for a Firefox plugin?

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Re: IDEA: copy last text field inside a browser
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2008, 06:21:44 PM »
You'd be surprised on how often this happens.
There are several threads here on DC reporting the same problem and asking for solutions.

Mine would be: use opera. When i click a wrong button, i press "back" (or "forward", if i pressed the "back" button inadvertedly), and the text is still there. The only situations it can't solve is when i press "reload", or the browser crashes.

Regarding your request, i'm not sure how it can be done, but maybe you're right, maybe there even is an extension for firefox that does that.

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Re: IDEA: copy last text field inside a browser
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2008, 07:01:31 PM »
There's a firefox plugin for this - via greasemonkey.  It's called textarea backup.  It has worked very well for me.   I hope this is helpful.

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Re: IDEA: copy last text field inside a browser
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2008, 07:35:03 PM »
There's a TextArea Backup UserJS for Opera too  ;)

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Re: IDEA: copy last text field inside a browser
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2008, 09:48:51 PM »
not exactly what you're looking for but this add-on allows editing textarea content with an external editor.

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• It's All Text! - https://addons.mozil...S/firefox/addon/4125

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Re: IDEA: copy last text field inside a browser
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2008, 04:12:53 AM »
Wow, so many replies. It's quite a useful community :)

There's a firefox plugin for this - via greasemonkey.  It's called textarea backup.  It has worked very well for me.   I hope this is helpful.

Thanks, I will try this one. Still it seems like a little hack. From the comments the app its under suspicion to clutter about:config, where tests are stored but not always deleted.