Underhanded servers?

Dateline: Tue 07 Jul 2009

Thanks to all who sent emails detailing the problems with calling up this blog.

We think we know the source of the problem: this blog runs off Mozilla Firefox, and if you are on Microsoft Explorer or some other browser, that party will not allow full access to Firefox.  So much for the web being this big friendly free-wheeling place.

I am told that if you download Firefox and access the blog thru that, you will be fine.  Firefox is free.

That may not be the correct solution for all, however. My blog administrator and programmer is on vacation, and I really don't have the heart to bother him with this until he returns from the waterparks of Wisconsin.

But I promise to get a resolution asap.


John Howard [unverified] said:

Just remove the following superflous garbage (MS Word-generated) from the top of the letter from Bob Dickey. It is destroying the page layout:

<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]-->
<!--[if gte mso 10]> <mce:style><! /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} -->

2009-07-07 09:02:40

John Howard [unverified] said:

Well, you can't actually SEE what I pasted in, because it's comment text and that doesn't display.

At any rate, it is the paragraph containing [if gte mso 9] and lots of other junk with 'mso' prefixes.

Delete that 1st paragraph out of that post and all will be well again.

2009-07-07 09:06:18

ruthholl [Member] said:

John Howard, what server are you using to call up the blog? I do not see that mess on my blog site, but it was on there when I first posted. I erased it and mine has been clean ever since.
I am so sorry about these problems. I promise we will get the bugs out...

2009-07-07 10:07:23

John Howard [unverified] said:

I was looking at the source of the blog page. The stuff I hightlighted is never visible to the 'naked eye.' Browsers are all designed to hide it.

You may need to delete the offending post and re-add it, but be sure to delete the HTML 'comment' (all that stuff appearing in that initial paragraph) before doing so.

You're blog software may not let you see/edit it in the existing posting. I can't speak to that.

2009-07-07 10:29:37

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

I'm so confused.

2009-07-07 10:35:42

hendy [Member] said:


Each web page has junk in it. Some of that junk is meaningful to different browsers of different versions. You see, like most things computing, there are standards, and then there are somewhat evolved standards that patch the old standards. It's a mess.

Microsoft Word, when you save a document generated there in 'HTML' format, shoves a lot of junk in that might be cool if you're using other Microsoft products. However, this junque adddddss suuuuppppperrrfllllluuuooossss stuff in what was once a nicely crafted document. This causes other browsers to vomit, cough blood, and so on.

The answer is to look at the page using 'reveal source' or 'view source', which will show the actual characters in the page. Those that begin with 'mso' ought to be deleted.

Then all will be good. Or, use an HTML 3-compatible editor and just delete the junk.

2009-07-07 20:18:48

ruthholl [Member] said:

i admit it: i am still confused, too. but i appreciate the explanations.
my genius daughter in law Parn came over yesterday, and in between caring for her new baby, she got in there and cleaned it all up. she told me in the future to copy documents on to Notepad first. Then transfer it into my blog.
Anyhow, I blame Bob Dickey for everything: firing people AND sending out a crummy document.
Thank you all for your patience. \Especially,

2009-07-08 09:04:08

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