New weird password manager behaviour

Florin Mezei florin.mezei at
Fri Dec 23 07:55:26 UTC 2016

It seems to me like we need to get some Manual Testing for this, as it clearly is a highly visible change, with issues reported by many people. It’s less than ideal to start QA work with 1.5 cycles left to release, but I think we’ll need to get some testing here.


CC’ing our QA leads (I’ve added this in our feature status tracking gdoc).





From: firefox-dev [mailto:firefox-dev-bounces at] On Behalf Of Ryan Feeley
Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2016 10:38 PM
To: Peter Dolanjski <pdolanjski at>
Cc: Panos Astithas <past at>; Ehsan Akhgari <ehsan.akhgari at>; Gervase Markham <gerv at>; Tanvi Vyas <tanvi at>; Jared Wein <jaws at>; Philipp Sackl <philipp at>; Firefox Dev <firefox-dev at>; Matthew N. <MattN at>; Mike Hoye <mhoye at>
Subject: Re: New weird password manager behaviour


I've been in contact about many of the recent changes with Matt, roughly planned long ago, but happening quite suddenly now. These interactions need polish, and we’ll be doing that (maybe even in person?) in the coming weeks. I don't believe the username field appearing on the password field was part of the original plan, but including one when a username field was not present was.


On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 2:06 PM, Peter Dolanjski <pdolanjski at <mailto:pdolanjski at> > wrote:

Including UX as well: rfeeley/phlsa


On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 1:45 PM, Panos Astithas <past at <mailto:past at> > wrote:

I think this behavior is bug 376668 and the reasoning was to make the password manager's autocomplete UI more discoverable, as many people didn't know it existed. It was expected to have to iterate on the UX after this first landing, but I'm not sure if we have bugs on file for the specific concerns raised here. CCing MattN and tanvi who would probably know.



On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 8:30 PM, Mike Hoye <mhoye at <mailto:mhoye at> > wrote:


On 2016-12-22 1:20 PM, Ehsan Akhgari wrote:

On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 12:01 PM, Gervase Markham <gerv at <mailto:gerv at> > wrote:

> - On webpages that have both a username and password, the password field
> often comes after the username. The autocomplete dropdown only shows up
> when the field is empty,

That's simply not true - or, if it's supposed to be true, this is


FWIW I also have a similar experience to Gerv.

Same thing happens in Bugzilla. 

- mhoye


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