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That's Some Crazy @&%!! Right There

Okay, how's this for obscure? I'm working to debug a webpage where the first line in a table cell will not be displayed if the page is printed out from Internet Explorer unless that line is italicized.

I mean, c'mon!

View the page in any browser, it looks fine.

Print the page from Firefox or Google, it looks fine.

Print the page from IE, and the line isn't italicized, and it just shows a blank line.

How obscure a set of circumstances is that? And what could possibly cause a bug like that? And what does it say about the kind of job I have, that this is considered a world-shaking problem?

*boggles*

What a stupid world.

-The Gneech

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huskyteer
Jan. 7th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Sounds like my job. I want to say it's a hasLayout thing but I'm blowed if I can see why it would be.
exatron
Jan. 7th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a really obscure, and specific bug. How'd you figure out that italics, and not something like bold or the font size, would make the line display?
the_gneech
Jan. 7th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Italics was the first thing I tried that worked. It's possible that other things might work too.

-TG
daemionfox
Jan. 7th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Could it be (and this is a wild shot in the dark) a problem with IE and CSS that is causing the first line to be too tall under normal circumstances?

Again, loony theory, shot in the dark. But it could happen.
laurie_robey
Jan. 7th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
The thing is, the text shows up on screen. It just doesn't show up in the print preview or when you print out the page.
bob_garwood
Jan. 8th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Are you having this problem with IE 6, IE 7, or IE 8?

We've seen IE 6 do all kinds of strange things which is why there's a movement to stop supporting it. www.ie6nomore.com
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the_gneech
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
Eh, that's more effort than it's worth putting into it. I found a fix that works, time to put out the next fire!

-TG
c_eagle
Jan. 8th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC)
Far Out!
:D ...Well, at least you test!... Seems like most places don't even bother....
Congrats on the first clue!
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