I just wrote a long and brilliant post into a text box in a web browser. I hit Command-Left Arrow to go to the beginning of the line. (For those without MacBooks, Fn+Left Arrow is Home, which *should* take you to the beginning of the line, but for some reason text boxes in Firefox on OS X don’t actually respond to Home, so you have to use Command-Left Arrow.)
This is about the 3rd or 4th time this has happened to me. In fact, I have a habit now of doing “select all; copy” so I at least have the text stored in the system clipboard. I know I am not the only one. Why doesn’t Firefox just have an internal flag on text areas that triggers whenever the user actually enters more than, say, 10 words, and automatically prompt the user if they try to close or navigate away from a page with unsaved text in those text areas? Can someone more knowledgeable about web browsers and plugins and DOMs tell me if this is a difficult thing to implement as an add-on? I know there are some plugins that allow you to manually save the text in an edit window to disk, but that’s way too heavyweight and manual of a process. Does anyone have a suggestion for a plugin or add-on that actually solves this problem?