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Thursday, April 30, 2009

bug 444 - IE8 printing issues in standards mode

Issue: #444
Affects: IE8

MSIE Feedback ID: 431489

IE8 has a new bug with printing. When you change a checkbox or radio button on a page either by clicking it or calling some JavaScript function to toggle it - it looks like it changed but if you try to print it, it won't print in the new state.

In fact it won't even show up correctly in the print preview window!

According to sources at Microsoft there is no intention of fixing this until IE9!

The best part is that this ONLY occurs in Standards Mode. If you render your pages in the Legacy IE7 Mode the checkboxes and radio buttons print (and preview) properly.

Known Workarounds: None.

Related Issues: None.

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bug 436 - Google Chrome alert() eats your content

Issue: #436
Affects: Google Chrome 1, Google Chrome 2
Fixed in: Google Chrome 5 (possibly earlier, please inform us if you know the exact version)

This particular bug took some time to figure out as it only happens under certain circumstances.

The JavaScript window.alert() function in Chrome will eat (truncate) some of your message if your content meets the following criteria.

If one of the lines in your multi-line message contains 40 or more characters without spaces.


<script type="text/javascript">
var msg = 'You can not see the secret word in Google Chrome!\n';
msg += '=========================================\n';
msg += 'The Secret word is: Bamboozled!';

You don't believe me, do you? I wouldn't either... so here, try it!

In other browsers you get the secret word, but in Chrome its gone!

Well it gets even more interesting...

So here's what we've found so far:

  • The line after the line with 40+ non-space characters doesn't render

  • Any text beyond the 40+ non-space characters on the same line also doesn't render

  • A Blank line is rendered after the 40+ non-space characters line

  • The content 2 lines after the 40+ non-space characters line DOES render just fine

Known Workarounds: None.

Related Issues: None.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

SVN Access to the IE Code Base for 24 hours!

SVN Access to the IE Code Base for 24 hours!

After all the April Fools' day fun, I had this dream the other night that (Dean Hachamovitch [MSFT]) suffering from a bit of a fever, had taken some over-the-counter medication that was making him feel light headed... and in a moment of inspiration decided that Microsoft should open up access to their code base to let other developers come in and fix some bugs.

The dream was over far too soon as the fever subsided and the access was closed 24 hours later.

However just imagining this brought a smile to my face. I told others and they laughed but agreed it would be great, and then there were those that told me this would never come true... "come on! Subversion Access? Hah! ROFLOL, Subversion! As if!"

What If?

Now lets just say that this magical turn of events did come true. You are provided with 24hours of SVN access to the IE Code Base... What would you want to fix?

Pick 2-3 things that would be first on your list that you would want to fix right away!

PS To Dean I/we wish you the best of health. This in no way whatsoever was meant as a bad thing.

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