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Remembering Settings

One way to make your application more usable and helpful is to make it remember certain settings or actions as users interact with it. For instance, in Chapter 17, ColdFusion's Client Management feature was used to remember the words the user last searched for. When a user returns to the search page later, he finds that his most recent search phrase is already filled in for him. This can improve the user experience by both saving the user time and making him feel at home.

Remembering User Names and Passwords

If your application requires users to log in by providing a user name and password, you might consider adding some type of “remember me” option on the login form. This would cause the user name to be prefilled for the user when he next needs to log in. You can use the same basic technique used in the SearchForm1.cfm and SearchForm2.cfm templates from Chapter 17. Instead of using the CLIENT scope to remember the last search phrase, use it to remember and prefill the user name.


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