Flock and Firefox are good…BUT

by Lee Hopkins on November 30, 2007 · 5 comments

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On the recommendation of several Twitterati friends I’ve been trying out Flock recently, displacing Firefox to be my primary browser.

It has lots of useful features, but one really annoying one that it shares with its underlying Firefox engine: it doesn’t seem to handle embedded objects very well.

To wit, YouTube videos.

Here’s what a YouTube video looks like in IE:

An embedded YouTube as it looks like in Internet Explorer

You’ll hopefully note the “I’d appreciate your comments” line below the video.

Here’s what the same video looks like in both Flock and Firefox browsers:

An embedded YouTube video as seen in Flock and Firefox browsers

Not pretty.

It’s the same code, copied directly from YouTube and pasted into my editor.

I really like Flock, as I do Firefox. But they corrupt embedded and JavaScript code.

For an example of JavaScript code, here’s the clock showing Adelaide time as it should appear in your browser:

My clock as it appears in IE

And here’s what it actually looks like in Flock and Firefox (you’ll have to scroll down!)

My clock as it appears in Flock/Firefox

I know that the browser wars have been going on for over a decade, but it really doesn’t help when such anomalous behaviour still goes on! Grrrrrr…..

So if my blogposts occasionally appear ‘weird’, you now know why.

I wish it were something as simple as WordPress altering the code, but if so why does it appear fine in one browser and corrupt in another? I welcome the input from the gurus on this.

And don’t get me started on Feedblitz’ way of removing the align=”right” code from images… Double grrrr…..

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UPDATE: CC Chapman reminded me that the videos and clock seem to load fine in FFox and Flock, but once the page has completed loading they shoot down to the bottom of the page.

This is on a pc — I don’t know how it displays on a mac.

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  • http://www.olioradio.net/ Clarence Jones

    Lee, I’ve been using Firefox for a couple of years now, & your time always is in it’s proper position…opps! It WAS in it’s proper position until I clicked the “comment” link…as I type this, the time is now in it’s wrong place at the bottom of the page. OK, I just opened leehopkins.net in a new tab &, on that page, the time is in it’s correct place. Beee-zarre…
    Love & Peace, Clarence

  • http://www.olioradio.net Clarence Jones

    Lee, I’ve been using Firefox for a couple of years now, & your time always is in it’s proper position…opps! It WAS in it’s proper position until I clicked the “comment” link…as I type this, the time is now in it’s wrong place at the bottom of the page. OK, I just opened leehopkins.net in a new tab &, on that page, the time is in it’s correct place. Beee-zarre…
    Love & Peace, Clarence

  • http://www.olioradio.net/ Clarence Jones

    Just checked again. Everything is appearing in it’s proper little spot (both the time & the video) on leehopkins.net. But, when I go to the individual page for each post, then the bug shows up. Or, the bugger fouls up.
    “Grasshopper!! Seek Perfection within Yourself…Do not expect it of Others…”
    lol
    Love & Peace, Clarence

  • http://www.olioradio.net Clarence Jones

    Just checked again. Everything is appearing in it’s proper little spot (both the time & the video) on leehopkins.net. But, when I go to the individual page for each post, then the bug shows up. Or, the bugger fouls up.
    “Grasshopper!! Seek Perfection within Yourself…Do not expect it of Others…”
    lol
    Love & Peace, Clarence

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