Earlier tonight, I was working on a great blog post – a collection of links that I've discovered in the past few weeks that I wanted to show to all of you. I wanted to round the number off at an even 10 just to make it a ‘Top 10'.
I perused my saved bookmarks and wrote some little witty statements for each one that would catch your attention and make you chuckle. After completing each link, I would open a new tab (I use Firefox), go to my bookmarks, and open up the link. You might already know what happened next. I clicked on my bookmark and opened the new site right in the tab where my post was 90% completed.
NOOOOooooooooooooo! I clicked STOP. I clicked BACK. I clicked UNDO. It's gone.
This was the post. This was the post that was going to make me a blogging star. The post that was going to seal my book deal. The post that was going to have thousands of trackbacks, make the top of Digg, and put me in the Technorati Top 100. But it's gone.
So here it is… the one browser feature that would consume the entire market. The form-on-the-fly-save-and-undo-the-stupid-click-that-I-just-did-that-I-did-not-mean-to-click. I don't have a catchy name, I wasted all my wit earlier on my brilliant set of links. I don't understand why computers can't do this, though. If your keyboard is an input device, and the letters can appear on the screen, then why (OH WHY!!!) can't the computer remember what you just wrote in a text area 1.8 seconds prior to accidentally changing the page.
So there you go Mozilla, Microsoft, Opera… that's the feature that I will forever love you for. Please, please put it in your next release. Please.