Hate’s a strong word, but appropriate.
I was working on a quick little script to show/hide the answers to a quiz (not going live till Sunday) that a co-worker was creating.
So a quick little script to check an item’s display property, and it’s all done except for the testing right?
Well everything worked OK in every browser I could test, except IE6/PC. Mr. NN4 Jr. there wouldn’t behave.
Oh, it’d change the style all right, but it’d still send you on the href specified in the link.
I couldn’t figure out why. I Googled, I Evolted, I screamed!
I couldn’t find any circumstance under which IE6/PC would ignore a “return false” statement — which negates any href in an anchor element when returned by an onclick event.
Then, on a whim, my eyes darted to the tray.
I have seen the enemy, and his name is Free Surfer.
I disabled it, my script worked, all is well.
But how many other pop-up blockers, or browser “enhancements”, do this, too. If it’s alot then that’d block a very nice, very usable solution… to provide some DHTML for those who can use it but also provide a backup URL for those who can’t.
Edit 4:17 p.m.: Opera 7 obeys both the script call to change the CSS and the link.