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Reporting DOM Bugs? Be Sure to Read This!

Monday November 8th, 1999

Eric Krock has a request for anyone report DOM bugs:

"Please bookmark the below URLs!!!

If you hit a page that doesn't display well or has JavaScript errors in Nav5 (Mozilla) because the page uses MS IE4/5 DOM features, Nav4 Layer DOM features, or the LAYER/ILAYER tag, DON'T FILE A BUG in Bugzilla. Instead, use the below email creation templates to send an email to the page's owner asking them to upgrade the page to support W3C standards.

If the page supports IE4/5 but not HTML 4.0/W3C DOM:
http://sites.netscape.net/ekrock/fixit/ie.html

If the page supports Nav4 but not HTML 4.0/W3C DOM:
http://sites.netscape.net/ekrock/fixit/layer.html

If the page is breaking because of user agent detection problems:
http://sites.netscape.net/ekrock/fixit/useragent.html

(Use that one when a page doesn't work or has a JavaScript error because the client-side JavaScript isn't detecting the Navigator 5 Mozilla/5.0 userAgent string, or discover that a server-side CGI is returning the wrong page because it's not detecting the Mozilla/5.0 HTTP USER_AGENT string or is choking on its HTTP 1.1 CONTENT_TYPE string.)

Likewise, if you're examining a bug report in Bugzilla and realize it's caused by these issues, mark the bug INVALID. Then use the email creation templates to notify the bug reporter and the page owner of the need to upgrade. Bugs closed as INVALID in this way count half a point in the BugAThon!

Hint to avoid filing bogus bugs: if content on a page doesn't position correctly or there's a JavaScript error, do a View Source and look (or copy and paste and search in a text editor) for the strings document.all and layer (case insensitive). If you find those strings in the JavaScript or the HTML markup, think twice before filing a bug. Create a simplified test case without the proprietary features and see if the problems still occurs.


#24 Support DOM Now

by Anon

Tuesday November 9th, 1999 6:34 AM

You are replying to this message

Currently I'm designing all of my pages to work in Mozilla and the I load them in Nav4/IE to see if they display everything (I don't really care what they look like. IE is close some of the time. Nav - well... it displays it). I do this because what I type in actually shows up in the Mozilla Daily Builds as I expect it.

Its just so much easier to get the page to display properly.

The only reason I go back to Nav4 to do some developing is for Javascript, as its javascript consol is still much better than the one in Mozilla (Too many developer messages and the errors keep scrolling off the screen)

To get the JavaScript working in all 3 browsers its simple. There is a www page on devedge.netscape.com which tells you how to properly detect the 3 types of dom.