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Archive for the ‘Chrome’ Category

I consider stealing the user’s time because of a bad UX design among the Dark Patterns

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/02/22

I an with [Wayback] Craig Buckler to consider Dark Patterns being wider than the strict sense.

For me anything that costs a user extra time or makes accessibility harder is a Dark Pattern.

So I agree with the issues he explains at [Wayback] The Web’s Most Annoying Dark Patterns – SitePoint

Does the web delight or displease you? Craig lists his least favourite UI and marketing dark patterns. Have you developed on the dark side?

Paste is enabled, but does not function

Paste is enabled, but does not function

A while ago, I got into one myself. Let me explain.

Having had RSI, I’m dependent on keeping my hands and arms in good shape. This means minimising the use of pointing devices and also trying to minimise typing.

In addition, I have heavily segmented my use of email addresses (among others for cutting down SPAM). Basically any point of contact gets a new email address.

This means I realy on tooling like password managers and email address generators. It means copying and pasting information.

So I bumped into a web-site that disallowed pasting the (unique and long!) email address into the email verification field.

[] Jeroen Wiert Pluimers on Twitter: “The @olvg #mijnOLVG site is now on my Dark Patterns list as they make #accessibility harder by blocking pasting into the email address verification field. Blocking the paste-blocker. CC some people advocating @MauricevdBosch @ronklitsie63 @kyntha”

Despite the popup menu, paste didn’t work. Chrome autofill did, but didn’t have the information for this particular (new and unique) email address yet, so could not be used yet.

Disabling the paste block

It is relatively easy to disable a paste block. In this case, I was using chrome, but this can be done with any browser. Some browsers even have optional extensions that can do this for you.

In the case of Chrome, when right clicking, there is an “Inspect” option

Inspect is enabled and actually works.

Inspect is enabled and actually works.

It inspects the current element, which on this site looks like this:

The element does not contain event handlers. But the code hooks them behind our backs.

The element does not contain event handlers. But the code hooks them behind our backs.

On the “Event Listeners” tab on the right, you can see there are two JavaScript methods hooked to the paste handler:

The paste handlers. The first is OK, the second blocks paste.

The paste handlers. The first is OK, the second blocks paste.

The first one is OK, though I did not really look into what the proxy does.

Second paste event handler: remove this one.

First paste event handler: keep this one.

First paste event handler: keep this one.

The second is not OK, as it effectively prevents the event from being handled any further at all by calling preventDefault

Second paste event handler: remove this one.

Second paste event handler: remove this one.

By clicking on the second Remove button above, the paste blocker is gone and you can paste again.


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Posted in Chrome, Chrome, Dark Pattern, Development, Google, JavaScript/ECMAScript, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, User Experience (ux), Web Browsers | Leave a Comment »

Some links on Chrome not prompting to save passwords (when Firefox and Safari do)

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/20

For quite some time now, Chrome (think years) refuses to prompt for saving passwords whereas Firefox and Safari do prompt and save them, even for site types that it used to save passwords for in the past.

It has been annoying enough for too long now that I tried to do better than the Google searches I used back when I saw this happen first.

Below are some links based on new searches (starting with [Wayback] adding a password in chrome settings – Google Search); hopefully I can try them after I made a list of sites that Chrome does not show the password save prompt for.

Solutions I tried that failed (but maybe useful for others):

Solutions still to try:

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Posted in Chrome, Chrome, Communications Development, Development, Encryption, ESXi6, ESXi6.5, ESXi6.7, Firefox, Fritz!, Fritz!Box, Fritz!WLAN, Google, https, HTTPS/TLS security, Internet, Internet protocol suite, Let's Encrypt (letsencrypt/certbot), Power User, routers, Safari, Security, TCP, TLS, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESXi, Web Browsers, Web Development | Leave a Comment »

How to Delete Specific Chrome Autofill Suggestions

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/14

If use the Chrome web browser, it’s fairly likely you will find Chrome autofill suggestions recommending things for various forms and text entry points. Sometimes those autofill suggestions c…

[Wayback] How to Delete Specific Chrome Autofill Suggestions

Most important are the steps:

  1. Open the related website which has a form entry where autofill suggestions appear
  2. Start typing so that the suggestion shows up as an option in Chrome
  3. Using the keyboard arrows, navigate down the suggestion list to the item(s) you want to remove from the Chrome autofill suggestions
  4. With the suggestion highlighted, use the appropriate keystroke sequence to delete the Chrome suggestion:
    • Mac: Shift + FN + Delete
    • Windows: Shift + Delete
    • Chromebook / Chrome OS: Alt + Shift + Delete
  5. Repeat with other suggestions to delete if desired

Via: [WayBack] edit google chrome autocomplete list – Google Search


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Chrome: allow some URLs to “never sleep” (or hibernate/discard)

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/12/29

This option in Chrome has moved around a bit, so here is how it was in Version 89.0.4389.90 (Official Build) (64-bit) when I documented it.

  1. Browse to chrome://discards/
  2. Don’t be intimidated by the many rows and columns; only the rightmost 8 (at the time of writing) are interesting:

  3. Search for the URL (in my chase , so I searched for whatsapp which you see as orange in the screenshots below) for which you want to ensure it will never sleep/hibernate (Chrome calls this “discardable”)

  4. Click Toggle under the checkmark ✔ so it changes into a cross ✘️ (so the URL will never be discarded, hence always stays awake)

Do this only for tabs that are not CPU/memory/traffic intensive

I got there via these posts:

When searching for discards, I found this post: [Wayback] How to Prevent Chrome from Reloading Tabs When You Switch to Them

Chrome has built-in memory management that causes inactive tabs to “sleep” as RAM is filled. When you click the tab again, it has to reload the page. It’s annoying.


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Chrome Print dialogue not offering fit to page, landscape, other printing options ( I’m looking at you @OHRA )

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/12/08

Some sites manage to disable various printing options (including layout, so you cannot choose between landscape and portrait any more, or force landscape when portrait works better or vice versa).

Googling this got me into a web of things that didn’t help me (see links below), but those led me to this query [Wayback] chrome save as pdf layout missing portrait landscape – Google Search.

That returned a helpful result at [] Chrome Print dialogue not offering fit to page, landscape, other printing options – Google Chrome Community:

I found a solution.

1.  Install the Stylus Extension.
2.  Go into the Stylus extension and click on “Write new style”.
3.  Put the following code in:
@page {
  size: auto;

4.  Give it a name (I called mine “Fix Orientation”) and save it.

5.  Reload the page you’re trying to print and the print dialogue should now have the “Layout” option and you should always get it for any page you print from now on.

It’s about the extension [] Stylus – Chrome Web Store

Redesign the web with Stylus, a user styles manager. Stylus allows you to easily install themes and skins for many popular sites.

I reconfigured the OHRA Mijn Zorg site to force re-enabling of layout by adding @page { size: auto !important; } for (click the Save button to save this change permanently):

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