don’t be too clever

what is it about websites for government entities that result in login systems that try to do something clever that just falls down in the real world? treasurydirect used to have a password entry system that relied on a virtual keyboard, which was an accessibility nightmare and of course did not play nicely with a password manager. calsavers, the state of california’s retirement savings program does something fancy when submitting passwords that results in apple’s built-in password management wanting to save the transformed password on every log in, which means the saved password no longer works.

one small project i have in mind is to explore passkeys and how to implement them, and i sure wish the folks at calsavers had spent time on that rather than whatever janky client-side password chicanery they have going on now.

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