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When using the auto-complete on careers.stackoverflow.com, only the characters I type are stored and displayed on saved document--not what the autocomplete seems to complete. Fields effected:

  • University
  • Other: First Computer
  • Other: Favorite Editor

Probably others too. Details:

FF 3.5.3
OSX 10.6.1
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+1 I saw this in the University field. – Matthew Jones Oct 7 '09 at 21:34
I had this happen to me as well, my favorite editor was ne. – James McMahon Oct 12 '09 at 17:53
@James McMahon, to be fair, ne is quite a nice editor anyway. – SpoonMeiser Nov 2 '09 at 15:41

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I've seen this too, and I think I've figured out why.

The careers site appears to save fields as part of a blur event on the field.

What I imagine happens, is this:

  • you type the first however many characters
  • autocomplete dropdown appears
  • you click the autocomplete dropdown
  • blur event triggers on the input field, the content of the input field gets saved
  • the content of the input field gets replaced from autocomplete.

Since another blur event doesn't get triggered on the field, the autocomplete data doesn't get saved.

The work-around seems to be not to use the mouse the select options from the autocomplete dropdown.

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Nice investigative work - thank you :) – Jarrod Dixon Nov 13 '09 at 9:20

Quick fix was to have text inputs retain focus after the autocomplete selection; not the best solution, but it'll fire that blur again.

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