IE8 fix?


M

MAURH

Hi guys,

I have been following the posts about IE8 and the problems with navbars not
working. As far as I am aware MSFT have not yet fixed this, so I have a
mystery for you to solve.

My sister has had a computer for only a few months so she is quite a newbie.
It is operating Vista and until two days ago had IE7 installed. The machine
was running quite slow so she contacted her ISP, who suggested that she
download and install IE8, which she did. Knowing the problems that everyone
is experiencing, I asked her to look at my website
www.devonviewcaravans.co.uk and tell me if she could see the navbar and if
the links were working, I built the side navbar with the wizard so it is
grouped. To my surprise she said that everything was fine and that the
navbar was there and all links working. Just to confirm, I gave her a couple
of other publisher website links and asked her to check these out too. She
says they are all working fine too.

Soooooo my question is, why is she not experiencing the same problem as
everyone else who has installed IE8??

I do understand that ungrouping the navbar will fix the problem, but I don't
want to do that if MSFT have issued a patch. As she only downloaded IE8 two
days ago, I am wondering if they have issued a patch in the last few days
which downloads with it?

Maybe those of you who have IE8, Don I understand you have it installed,
could look at my site and tell us all if you can see the navbar or not?...
or has this problem been fixed in the last few days?

I hope someone can solve the mystery, because at the moment my sister thinks
she is the only person in the world who doesn't have this problem....she's
like the cat that got the cream and impossible to live with >smile<
The world awaits your conclusions.

Maureen
 
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John G.

Thats right NO NAV BARS on left in IE 8.

Takes long time to load

Get your sister to look at HELP > About and see if it is really IE8.

John G.
 
M

MAURH

Hi John,

I got her to check HELP before I posted here. The version number she gave me
is 8.0.600118702 which is IE8, yes?
I also got her to refresh the page, Ctrl+F5, just in case she was seeing a
cached version of my site from IE7, but she had the same result....in my
website and the others she could see the navbar and they were fully
functional. Any ideas?

Maybe before I go any further, I should pay her a visit and see this for
myself...then report back.

Maureen
 
R

Rob Giordano [MS MVP]

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Rob Giordano
Microsoft MVP Expression
 
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John G.

That version is, I believe, the SHIP version of IE 8 and is the same as I am
using and not seeing any Nav bar on the left.

John G.
 
D

DavidF

John G.,

Has there been any automatic 'updates' from MSFT that might have made the
difference? Do you even allow automatic updates?

DavidF
 
J

John G.

David,
I am using win XP SP3 and IE 8 with Autoupdate ON.
The Version shown by Help> About is the same as Maureen.
There are no updates shown in
Contol panel> Add Remove > show updates.
So I can only say I am using the same level as Maureen.
She has not said if she is using Vista but I would not expect that to make a
difference.
And Rob sees it the same as I do.

John G.
 
M

MAURH

Hi John,

I did in fact mention that my sister was using Vista in my original post,
'cos I wasn't sure if that would make any difference.
I intent to visit her at the weekend and have a look for myself. One of the
things I was going to check were the latest updates, I'll take a note and
post them here. Is there anything else I should check whilst I'm there?

Maureen
 
J

John G.

Yes, I did not look hard enough.
Sorry.

John G.

MAURH said:
Hi John,

I did in fact mention that my sister was using Vista in my original post,
'cos I wasn't sure if that would make any difference.
I intent to visit her at the weekend and have a look for myself. One of
the things I was going to check were the latest updates, I'll take a note
and post them here. Is there anything else I should check whilst I'm
there?

Maureen
 
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M

MAURH

Hi,

I had a look at my sister's computer at the weekend and the navbars can
indeed be seen on my publisher built website viewed in IE8, in spite of them
being built with the wizard and grouped...and they are fully functional.

I checked for any updates that she may have installed, but couldn't see
anything obvious that would be different to the ones most people would
install when downloading IE8.

So why she is not having the same problem as everyone else, I don't know. I
had hoped I would be able to offer some help in solving this problem, other
than just ungrouping, but sorry, the mystery continues....

Maureen
 
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Eric James

It's possible that IE8 is not fully or properly installed on your sister's
machine, and that although the "about" window reports it as being IE8, it is
in fact IE7 - I have seen this happen. Try reinstalling it.
Your pages are definitely broken in IE8, and there are also some problems
visible in Firefox.
As your pages are relatively simple and there aren't many of them, the best
approach to avoid future problems and give a more professional impression
would be to recreate them using a different tool.
Try Xara Web Designer (http://www.xara.com), Serif Web Plus (free version
here: http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/) or Netobjects Fusion
(http://www.netobjects.co.uk/). Any of them will do a better job than
Publisher, but armed with some html & css knowledge you cannot beat Notepad.
 

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