there's much more to come
2006-01-09 - 1.5 ∞
Firefox 1.5 is godlike. Holy crap it's changing the way I use my computer. The speed difference is not just noticible, it's astounding. My entire computer is getting faster and faster over time. Open source software rocks. PCLinuxOS 0.92 is also to blame for the speed improvement.
Bug #252371 - incremental find/search in page does not find/highlight text in textarea/form/edit/text entry boxes has been a SERIOUS annoyance for a very very long time now. This particular report was from 2004-08-02 but the problem is older. This issue has been compounded by my use of a Wiki and especially for editing particularly long documents.
2018-04-13 - Some research shows that 189039 was filed 2003-01-14.
The Search Text Area bookmarklet is especially useful.
See also Retro Find, which reverts the find bar in Firefox to its original find dialog.. which can search within text fields. I'm using this extension now. It's works wonderfully.
Apparently politics or some such is holding up the repair of the existing search functionality. I'm just happy that I have a solution.