Grrrh

  1. Open the computer to write a post
  2. Think for a second that it would be nice to test Firefox 2.0
  3. Go for the easiest path and use Safari
  4. Spend half an hour preparing the post, checking pages for quotes and links
  5. Preview the post
  6. Check something in the previous tab
  7. Click just a few pixels too far on the left, close the "Preview Post" tab!
  8. Curse out loud
  9. Check the cache files for Safari to no avail
  10. Remember that Firefox 2.0 has the ability to reopen closed tabs
  11. Verify that it wouldn't have made any difference (it doesn't remember the state of the page/form payload, just its URL)
  12. Curse Movable Type for its stupid way of handling post preview: i.e. it doesn't save anything and it doesn't warn you that you're going to lose data when you attempt to close the window/tab (like it does when you're in Edit mode)

I want a TRUE undo when closing ONE tab or a window in web browsers. Firefox 2.0 doesn't offer a true one, and the UI is not intuitive (I want it in the Edit/Undo menu or cmd-Z as it should be, not lost under a secondary sub-menu in History). Safari doesn't even remember the tab at all.

Meanwhile, oh lazy web I have a request for thee! A plugin that shows a warning when "you fool are trying to close a tab with a FORM and plenty of unsaved data in it". Please :-).

6 Comments

Dotclear added some javascript which prevents you from closing the window with unsaved data.

But it's just half-working. It doesn't handle the Ctrl-W shortcut : http://blog.trolleur.net/index.php/2005/11/10/385-bug-report-firefox-dotclear (in French). Or at least, it didn't work with firefox 1.0 ; I didn't try with a more recent release.

I don't want to add any pain to your experience but Firefox 2 DOES remember the content of forms when you undo a tab close (at least my FF2, Windows version with limited addons)

I just tried both in my comments and my writing interface and both worked.

May be it's the way Movable Type handles the Preview screen, but that one FF2.0 wasn't able to recover through a tab close + undo. The undo drives me back to the main MT menu.

Now that Firefox 2 is installed (and hopefully your default browser), "going for the easiest path" is using it, right? ;-)

With regards to command-Z not undoing the close tab, I agree with you.

Oh, and you already now that you should switch to DotClear and dump MT, right? ;-)


--Tristan, FX2 and DoTClear user.

Do you really want to be warned each time you close a tab with a website with a login form filled with default values? :)

As for previews and drafts in blogwares, it might be nice to have a plugin that autosaves as draft each X minutes (just like Gmail).

(And, as luck would have it, that autosave feature exists on WordPress.com and as a WordPress plugin!)

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