Monday, January 10, 2005

Firefox workaround from MSDN

Browsing the web, one found an unusual recommendation over at MSDN, Microsoft's support site.

It recommends using Firefox, in a quite funny way:
FDBK10939#1: Install Firefox

Workaround Description:
Install Firefox

Workaround Steps:
* Install Firefox
* Install user agent spoofer from the updates site like SpoofX or similar.
* Set your useragent spoofer to fake that you are using IE when visiting MS websites.
* Poof, the problem magicly dispears and the menus work.


Hmmm - good I'm using Firefox, no problem - poof - 16 million plus downloads so far.

In short, the bug is about how a feature works correctly only in IE and not other browsers.

Update: The original bug details are here

Opened by Tommis on 2004-07-04 at 04:42:01

The asp:Menu control only seems to work in IE. I tested the menu with Opera 7.51 and Mozilla Firefox 0.71 both of which produced bad results.

With Opera, the submenu pops up above the menu itself and after that it stops working.
The menu now shows the pop-ups and have keyboard accessibility for Gecko browsers (Mozilla, Firefox, Firebird, etc.) and Opera.
....
Edited by Microsoft on 2004-09-03 at 11:10:15

Please stop modifying the repro. The repro field is here to give us a way to reproduce the bug, not a way to publicly express opinions, which can be more efficiently done through forums or blogging.
We got the message about the way some of you feel a menu control should be developed and will take that into account when fixing this bug.
....Resolved as Fixed by Microsoft on 2004-09-24 at 10:15:06

The menu now shows the pop-ups and have keyboard accessibility for Gecko browsers (Mozilla, Firefox, Firebird, etc.) and Opera.


Quite trenchant responses in the message board below the bug.

Get Firefox!

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