Benefits of Chrome Browser - Form Text [Series - Part 4]

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The Google Chrome browser has been MY browser of choice for quite a while now. This series of articles is to highlight many of the reasons why it is such an excellent browser. I have tagged these articles so you can see all of them listed and go back to the ones that you have missed with this link
Google Chrome Browser - Series

We use forms quite a bit on web sites. The new ActiveRain contact form is an example. Sometimes on a form there is not just a text box but a text AREA, or in other words room for multiple sentences. The AR form illustrates this point. The message area will be several sentences long. In fact it looks like it holds about 5 lines of text before you need to use the scroll bar.

In Chrome, however, you can dynamically expand a text area. In the lower-right corner you can see a handle marker that you can drag with your mouse to expand the area. That's what I do if I need more room! I'd much rather be able to see my whole message in one shot to proofread before I click Send.

Since we're talking about the new contact form in AR, let me just add a couple extra thoughts. Sometimes you will see a mixture of upper and lowercase letters in the words. The validation does not check case, so you can simply type in all lowercase letters to make it easier for you. Also, sometimes you may see an accented character, just type the letter without the accent mark. If the word is so twisted and you can't read it, just click the circle-arrow button to get new words.

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Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

great Craig...i chose Firefox & have been satisfied with it so far so i think i'll stay there...learned something new with those 'get rid of spam' words that i always have to re-type - didn't know what the circel was!!

Sep 30, 2010 03:05 AM #2
Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"

Thank you again Craig. I wonder if your ears were burning this morning. I attended my Technology meeting for the Board of Realtors and mentioned your name!

Sep 30, 2010 06:28 AM #3
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

thanks Michele - mentions and referrals are always a good thing! :)

Sep 30, 2010 06:34 AM #4
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

HI Craig,

Interesting post,thank you as usual

We played with chrome a little, but read or heard somewhere that Chrome was monitoring and using our traffic and or landing sites to build habit profiles, seriously, how much of that is true (I guess of any of our web behaviour)....

By now the world is all according to Google, which is a bit scary in its own right.

(okay even I think I am going paranoid now)

Happy Blogging, I think

Sep 30, 2010 06:41 AM #5
'The Diamond Group' 'A Cut Above The Rest'
The Diamond Group @ Keller Williams - Lubbock, TX
Lubbock Texas Real Estate

Thank you for your interesting post

Sep 30, 2010 07:41 AM #6
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

What are the benefits of Chrome over Firefox?

Sep 30, 2010 04:54 PM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the info about Chrome.  I've been using it for some things, but some of my apps and sites it just doesn't yet support.

Oct 01, 2010 12:58 AM #8
Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"


Do you know of a good book out there with everything about Google? I had seen one in Barnes and Noble a month ago and course when I went back, they were out. Forgot the name but didn't know if you had one that you could recommend.

Thanks and have a great day!

Oct 01, 2010 01:51 AM #9
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Pfanns - I know chrome does watch your history and I actually like that. It makes the browsing experience actually faster and smarter because it knows where you want to go. I'm confident that it is not uploading this info to "the cloud" for big brother google worries - can you imagine the UPROAR when that was discovered (and it would be discovered!) 

Jane - chrome is a bunch of little things that mean alot for me - for starters it is FAST - I click and go, there is no waiting. It's smart I type usually two chars and enter it knows where I want to go. There's lots of great stuff in chrome (but alas, the blog series I hope to bring all these little things out!) firefox is a second choice for me and also a good choice... but just can't beat out chrome (btw I see scribefire is now available for chrome) - you can run chrome alongside firefox and IE and see for yourself (or not if you are truly comfortable in the browser you already have so long as it is not IE6 or IE7)

Gabe - yes some sites are slow to be compatible - but the more people that switch to chrome (and they are) there will be more pressure for these sites to finally get themselves current web standards

Michele - funny you ask... I was just thinking about that this morning too that I don't have any good books on that subject - I'll wait for your review and suggestions :)

Oct 01, 2010 02:37 AM #10
Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
Supporting Success - Best Job in the World!

I know the circle arrow well!  I can never read those d@#* human test words!

Oct 01, 2010 04:32 PM #11
Michael Izquierdo
LA Pocket Listings - South Pasadena, CA

I had such a bad experience with chrome beta version that i refused to use it....but now its been several months (maybe a year or so) i keep hearing good things about goes nothing, im going to give chrome another try :)

Oct 04, 2010 05:18 AM #12
Jeff Miller REALTOR ® Tampa Bay, FL
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Wesley Chapel, FL
20 years experience Tampa Bay/Wesley Chapel

Hi Craig -

I just subscribed to your blog.

Thank you for all you do.


All the best - Jeff


Oct 27, 2010 11:37 PM #13
Karen L. Pietsch
Cary Property Pros - 4 Sale Realty, Inc. - Crystal Lake, IL
Cary Property Pros. Cary Property Pros Premier Real Estate

Craig, I had to re-read this one just now as I didn't remember reading this one in with the other 4 or 5 that I got a page on.  Once again, excellent.  So many things I never knew before and you bring them all up to the surface.  If I had known all this stuff how many years ago, things would have been different probably.  Keep 'em coming Craig.

Feb 14, 2011 11:20 AM #14
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