Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.
This is amusing to me; I’m sure there’s a very good, very rational reason for this issue and I’m probably just not sharp enough to catch it.
But on a clean installation of Windows XP (don’t ask; it’s a long story), Internet Explorer 6 claims there’s an error on the GetFirefox.com download page, and refuses to allow a click on the download button.
A screenshot is the best I can do here, since I don’t really have any other way of proving it won’t work. I restarted IE and tried twice, but both times I get a supposed “error report” for that page (see the bottom left of the IE status bar) and double-clicking that gives the error report on the upper right. The pointer does not turn into a “hand” anywhere near the giant green download button.
I’ve highlighted and put a red oval around the offending “line 190″ from the page source.
If there’s an error in that line, I don’t know enough Web code to see it. Somebody smarter please clue me in.
For the record, that’s a fresh SP2 installation from a legitimate disc, and I haven’t done any upgrades except for the first round, as was suggested by the update notifier … or whatever Microsoft is calling it these days. It would be ironic if the first thing that little yellow shield did was hard-code IE to ignore the GetFirefox page. Of course, I wouldn’t put it past them.
I could still follow the links to the interior of the site and download it from the list of language selections. And yes, the same page with the same code at the same line works fine in Firefox, of course.
I will admit it gave me a laugh for a second though.