Issue 103053 - IME should be disabled for password input box
Summary: IME should be disabled for password input box
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: current
Hardware: Unknown Windows, all
: P3 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2009-06-24 08:21 UTC by
Modified: 2017-05-20 10:55 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description 2009-06-24 08:21:05 UTC
Because characters are shown as '*' in password input box, IME is supposed to be
disabled for preventing confusion. This also is default behavior for Web
browsers such as Firefox and IE.

Steps to reproduce

1. Open Writer.
2. Save a document with Password option.
3. Make sure IME is turned off (or is set as English mode).
4. When 'Enter Password' dialog prompts, enter password twice.
5. Close the document.
6. Make sure IME is turned on (or is set as local language mode).
7. Reopen the document.
8. When 'Enter Password' dialog prompts, enter the password again.
9. Confirm the password does not work.
Comment 1 2009-06-24 08:27:25 UTC
@khirano: This issue certainly is a problematic for Korean users. What about
Japanese users?
Comment 2 Olaf Felka 2009-06-25 07:41:49 UTC
@ sba: You are more experienced with IME. Any thoughts?
Comment 3 stefan.baltzer 2009-06-25 16:39:18 UTC
My understanding of "normal use" of a password dialog is "Type your pw and while
you can NOT see it (so that someone looking over your shoulder can not read it)".

An IME is a help to input non-standard letters (keyboard is too small for all
Japanese or Chinese) - this is acheived by a preview and a UI-supported help tp
choose the right character. 

Putting this together: 
Showing characters of a password while typing it is not OK for security reasons

Conclusion: IME use makes no sense in PW dialogs. Do not use "on-ASCII native

I believe that Firefox and IE development made some User Experience research. I
believe that following their example makes sense.

I just spoke to CD and he told me that a "general solution" would be "do this
for all edit fields that have the password flag". I.e. when inserting
pw-protected sections in a Wrtiter docxument, or PW dialogs called by API (macro).

Since the document PW dialog is the most important one, I suggest to "at least"
change it for this one now nad maybe for the rest "later" (maybe another issue?).

Reassigned to MAV.

Comment 4 Marcus 2017-05-20 10:55:42 UTC
Reset assigne to the default "".