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:

If the page supports Nav4 but not HTML 4.0/W3C DOM:

If the page is breaking because of user agent detection problems:

(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.

#30 has the web become so conservative already ?

by Ben_Goodger

Tuesday November 9th, 1999 1:27 PM

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Fortunately, I don't think what we have here is indicative of all web developers.

Anyone with semblance of a clue know that Standards are a good thing, and anyone reasonably talented with JavaScript should be able to upgrade pages without much difficulty - in fact the standards may offer greater ease. (if not carpal tunnel through typing long function names like "getElementsByTagName" ;) Should people have to? YES! For the same reason people shouldn't be developing pages with LAYER and MARQUEE.

Developers, let your DOM version serve as an IE5 version (avoid IE idiosyncracies where possible, and if need be make a few tweaks when Mozilla is released) until Mozilla is released. Then its both an IE5 and Mozilla version, and everyone else can get vanilla.