Wrong version of IE

So there I was, answering support calls in our helpdesk call management system when I copied a URL into the address bar of Mozilla Firefox 3.0, hit return and …

Well, I was a little surprised to read the following title bar text:

And this error message on the page.

Sorry, this application is not supported on this version of your browser. Your version of Internet Explorer needs to be upgraded to 5.5 or above.  Please contact your System Administrator.

Darn! I knew I should still be using Internet Explorer 5.5.

Portable Firefox wishlist

I’m really appreciating Portable Firefox for testing code in older versions of the browser.

But one thing that I really wish is that the process name (or whatever it is) in Portable Firefox was different to the installed version so that I could run both Firefox 2 and 3 simultaneously, like you can with the standalone installations of Internet Explorer.

Firebug fixed

Great to see that the latest update to Firebug has fixed the issue that I reported about it breaking when you opened Firebug in a new window (see Firebug bug at the other place).

Next up, I hope that the alignment of menu items gets fixed in the next update to the Web Developer add-in … it’s just annoying!

Screenshot of Web Developer menu bar

Here’s an example (above).  You can clearly see that the icons aren’t equally aligned on the left.

Firefox 2 theme for Firefox 3

Fantastic!  Borr has ported the Firefox 2 theme for Firefox 3.

Full power of new gecko engine with a good old Firefox 2 face.

His blog is written in both Russian and English, if you want to practice your Cyrillic character recognition skills.

Why I prefer the Fx2 theme

I’m a happy Firefox user again — I just find that theme really easy to use and clearer than the Fx3 offering.

  • The BACK and FORWARD arrows are clearly left and right arrows, and not primarily circles with arrows inside.  To my eye with the Fx3 theme I see a circle first, then the arrow inside.  With the Fx2 theme I see the arrow first.
  • The RELOAD icon is chunkier and I find easier to see — I really am quite myopic!
  • The STOP icon is solid, red, reliable.
  • The PRINT icon in Fx2 is, I find, easier to read.  In Fx3 to my mind it looks more like a hard drive icon.

Tab Mix Plus issue (and workaround)

It appears that the Tab Mix Plus (TMP) add-on has an issue with this theme.  For some reason TMP interferes (their developer used the word ‘handles’) with the icon, and so it depends on the size of the images that the theme author uses.

What happens, with this and other themes, is a mismatch in which icon is being shown on background tabs, so you get half red icon / half grey icon:

Tab icons are wrong

However, there is a work-around that requires the Stylish add-on to be installed.  Use this Stylish code to overrule the TMP meddling: Custom Firefox tabs close button (Firefox 3).

A bit of a faff, but at least there is a workaround that still allows me to use my favourite Firefox 2 buttons.