Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

iPhone-like password field; quickshow character

Category: jQuery

We showed the cool Chroma Hash last week, and then we saw another cool jQuery plugin for passwords.

The iPhone-like passwords plugin takes an input and makes it feel like the iPhone in that you see what you type for a short period and it then gets hidden as a “?”.

There are some real limitations though, notably that you can’t add something to the middle of the password. If you try to copy and paste you will just get the “?”‘s too.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:26 am

2.3 rating from 45 votes


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Not an “iPhone-like password field”. Palm has been doing this forever- well before Apple started in the smartphone business.

Comment by MattOsbun — August 5, 2009

Messing with password fields should be done with caution – password inputs are handled differently than normal inputs for a reason.

Comment by BarelyFitz — August 5, 2009

Consistent user experience down the drain, yay!

Comment by Darkimmortal — August 5, 2009

Regarding password masking, I like this article ( ).

Considering the fact that 99.9% of the time, nobody potentially malicious is looking over my shoulder – password masking is, for me, completely pointless.

Comment by WillPeavy — August 5, 2009

Nice trick, butI’ll call you up on the ‘iPhone-like’ statement too. My Nokia 3330 used to handle password fields in the same way.

Comment by RichardJohn — August 5, 2009

‘iPhone-like’ does not mean the iPhone originated it, only that it is similar to the input box used on the iPhone. If the article had said ‘Nokia 3330’ like or ‘palm’ like, how many people would know what was being referred to? Not many. The use of the iPhone as a comparison point makes sense due to its crazy popularity.

Comment by gsalien — August 5, 2009

This is common behavior of every phone with T9. As you type current character, it is displayed and iterating on every press of keypad button. After it is entered, it immediately hides by * .
I’m wondering why this “feature” is present in iPhone, if it supports full keyboard.

Comment by kea — August 6, 2009

WHY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Looks like the cool brigade have been left at home without the girlfriends again. Now i can figure out people passwords just buy watching the screen they are typing into without even looking at there keyboard, good job cool brigade (you bunch of muppets) !

Comment by randomrandom — August 9, 2009

Input a dash(‘), got an error.
It’s not good enough.

Comment by sny — August 14, 2009

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