In keeping with bish tendencies to break computers, I’ve just installed Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0566 beta and Internet Explorer 7.0.5346.5 beta. Both are working well, and IE7 has much of the latest Firefox advantage, such as tabbed browsing, built in. Neither has crashed… yet.
But on my home site, and a few others I’ve written, the sidebar buttons don’t work well under IE7. They are Macromedia Flash based buttons, and now require two clicks to activate. I went looking for the reason why, and found it in the Microsoft Discussion Groups, which linked to an article that shows how Microsoft lost out in a patent battle and has therefore had to introduce an initial click into flash based objects to activate them before playing.
I’m now in need of a slight redesign then, to replace my (admitedly overcomplicated) flash buttons with simple ones. Watch this space, folk. And in the meantime, click click…
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