To give the idea as clear a chance of being understood and adopted, perhaps also specify what the current "failure" case is. Meaning, under what configuration does the password field presented by phpBB not allow the "eye" functionality to occur? Or maybe links to a specific site where you do see this behavior, versus another specific site where you don't see it, even though you're using the same web browser.
As already indicated in the response received in the other forum, indeed this is largely "a feature of the web browser", and not something the application itself explicitly provides. At least not beyond indicating that this particular form field is type="password"
, which is something phpBB and any style I've seen already does.
Since that is also why the characters are being hidden in the first place; because of how the browser defaults to handling type="password"
fields. Browsers that provide the "eye" functionality also default to providing that on type="password"
fields, too; unless that behavior has been disabled in the browser's settings.
So is there a particular phpBB style perhaps where you don't see this behavior, in a web browser that otherwise does provide this behavior? Or a particular web browser that is failing to provide this on phpBB sites in general (regardless of style), even though it does provide it when visiting non-phpBB sites?
I think possibly the recommendation you were being given in the other forum to "contact the phpBB application developers if you're not seeing it" was on a presumption that the application must not be presenting their password fields with the standard type="password"
attribute, such that the browser could apply its default password-related behaviors. Since if that was the case, indeed it would take some change in phpBB or its styles to present these fields as type="password"
. But phpBB is already doing that.
So that's why it seems important to clarify what exactly "the failure case" is that you're currently observing. In case there is a narrower definition of the problem to be solved or feature to be provided here.
edit: I neglected to confirm, I see the "eye" behavior with phpBB's login page here on phpbb.com/community
, at least with Chrome 88.0.4324.104 and Edge 88.0.705.56 on Windows 10. For what it's worth, in case that's already one of the places you would say "I don't see it."