Form field length limits.



  • I have some bogus information on my credit report, used the online service to dispute it.  Their form asking for the description of the dispute was limited to 100 characters.  Seriously, who thinks that's enough?  I might as well report disputes via twitter.



  • RT @vt_mruhlin had sm bogus inf n my crdt reprt, pls srt it out lolwtfbbq #experian



  • Put your full explanation into a web page, and post the URL as the explanation.

     



  •  I've done that with stupidly designed web pages before, and got a reply back saying they can't view external untrusted web pages for security reasons. 

     I ended up downloading an automatic form filler, and placed one word on each submission of the form.  Then received a snotty email from them, but at least I got an email address to reply to with my full message :-)

     



  • @vt_mruhlin said:

    Their form asking for the description of the dispute was limited to 100 characters.
     

     Was that server-side enforced? Otherwise just firebug it.:)



  •  It's true.  I didn't even check.



  • @vt_mruhlin said:

     It's true.  I didn't even check.

     

    ERROR

    does not compute

    abort, retry, lolz?
    Y/N



  •  Yeah, it should work really well when the database field is VARCHAR(100)... either way, they're probably using some code  co  somecode from old times where there was no TEXT column..

     

    forum wtf... what's with this forum's tendency to remove spaces between words? I'm writing and it removes the space between words as I try to type the next word..



  • @mariushm said:

    forum wtf... what's with this forum's tendency to remove spaces between words? I'm writing and it removes the space between words as I try to type the next word..
    Shouldn't someone post a FAQ to answer these kind of questions? Anyone?



  • @bjolling said:

    Shouldn't someone post a FAQ to answer these kind of questions? Anyone?
     

    This forum's quirks exist as a testimony to the wft aspects of IT in general. It is a form of "practise what your preach", in a sense. It would be inconsistent -- nay, hypocritical -- if this software were a bastion of well-implemented, natural features. Instead, it is deemed more appropriate to the situation if it makes the user understand that subtle though stunningly obvious WTFs are everywhere, and a part of the natural order of things. We should accept, shrug, and move on.

    /bullshit



  •  They are saving you the trouble of writing anything in detail since they want to just ignore it anyway.



  • @mariushm said:

    forum wtf... what's with this forum's tendency to remove spaces between words? I'm writing and it removes the space between words as I try to type the next word..
    Probably for the same reason that it deletes two characters when you press delete once.



  • @Mole said:

    Probably for the same reason that it deletes two characters when you press delete once twice.

    There, FTFY

     



  • @Kefer said:

    @Mole said:

    Probably for the same reason that it deletes two characters when you press delete once twice.

    There, FTFY

     

     

    Incorrect.

    It's a common behaviour that {char + space + backspace} results in {}.

    If your cursor ends up at the last character of a pragraph with a space at the end, hitting backspace will then delete the char as well. But not always.

    It's hard to reproduce.



  • @dhromed said:

    It's a common behaviour ...

    No, it's not.

    @dhromed said:

    It's hard to reproduce.

    As you seem too agree...

     

    (backspace was never mentioned, btw)



  • It happens all the time, but exact steps are hard to formulate, as the behaviour sometimes doesn't occur under what appears to be the same set of circumstances.

    @Kefer said:

    (backspace was never mentioned, btw)

    Yeah, I missed that. OP oversight. Delete functions normally.



  • @dhromed said:

    It happens all the time, but exact steps are hard to formulate

    Well you're right about that.  I sit here trying to reproduce it and can't come up with steps that consistently reproduce it.

    Here's what I've been trying.

    type asdf<space><backspace>

    type asdf<space><home><end><backspace><backspace>

    Sometimes these will exhibit the issue, sometimes they won't.

     



  • @belgariontheking said:

    @dhromed said:

    It happens all the time, but exact steps are hard to formulate

    Well you're right about that.  I sit here trying to reproduce it and can't come up with steps that consistently reproduce it.

    Here's what I've been trying.

    type asdf<space><backspace>

    type asdf<space><home><end><backspace><backspace>

    Sometimes these will exhibit the issue, sometimes they won't.

    It always happens so fast that I'm never quite sure what I did, but it seems to happen to me when I've just typed one word, pressed space, started a new word, realised there was a typo in the last letter of the previous word, hit backspace until the cursor's back on the earlier word, corrected it, hit space and carry on typing and the space disappears and I get two conjoined words.

    I think there's some kind of asynchronous ajax-y thing going on that attempts to trim trailing whitespace and has a race condition against new input.



  • @dhromed said:

    Incorrect.

    It's a common behaviour that {char + space + backspace} results in {}.

    If your cursor ends up at the last character of a pragraph with a space at the end, hitting backspace will then delete the char as well. But not always.

    It's hard to reproduce.

    Yet it *never* happens to me, oddly enough.  Oh, wait, that's right, I run NoScript.  It's nice to be reminded of what features I'm avoiding by turning down the option to be able to Preview...



  • If you're using the "rich text" editor it's at least partially your browser's fault.



  • It's never happened to me neither, but I guess that's because I rarely make any tyops.



  • Happens unconditionally in the Tags field in Opera.


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