The example website is manuscript central: eg: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ele

It does not appear to use the html autocomplete blocking tag.

  • Ignore my answer for the moment, I didn't see the autocomplete tag note
    – Paul
    Jun 11, 2012 at 2:48
  • Ok, answer updated for this scenario
    – Paul
    Jun 11, 2012 at 3:03
  • Though I was using Safari, I did find this for chrome which works: chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/… Jun 11, 2012 at 11:48
  • This seems to be a Safari solution, though it has yet to work for me: lapcatsoftware.com/blog/2010/06/10/… Jun 11, 2012 at 11:56
  • @EtienneLow-Décarie the solution you link to also relies on the presence of 'autocomplete' in the html (in order to be able to change it to xutocomplete), and you said you can't find the 'autocomplete' element in the page. So, exactly how does the solution you found work, if Paul's solution does not?
    – Bon Gart
    Jun 11, 2012 at 12:09

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You haven't stated which browser you are using, but this is achievable using greasemonkey user scripts, which are available for a number of browsers.

Preventing the autocompletion of fields and saving passwords is achieved using the autocomplete="no" attribute on form elements. This greasemonkey script removes the attribute from form fields allowing them to be saved.

In this case however, while a form is used to capture the userid and password, it the form is never submitted, and so the form data is never prompted to be saved. Instead it uses javascript to gather the entries and do an ajax call to authenticate.

One work around (just tested in firefox) is to use firebug to temporarily insert a submit button into the form, and click it. While this does not actually submit the form it does cause the prompt to save to appear, allowing the credentials to be saved and populated next time.

With firefox and firebug extension installed (other browsers have similar extensions or features), right click the userid field and inspect element. Choose right click the input element and choose edit HTML in firebug, and insert the following after class="pagecontents">:

 <input type="submit" name="mysubmit" value="Click!" />

It should appear like this: enter image description here

Enter your userid and password, taking care not to hit Enter.

Now hit Click! and you should be prompted to save the password. Save it, reload, and start to enter your password in the userid field and it will be there in the dropdown. Select it and your password will be automatically populated.


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