Webkit Developers know best?

In a web application that I am building I need to use a multiple selection <select> list.  Because screen space is limited I decided I would set the size attribute to 2.

In the Chrome browser, the display produces 4 lines of text – not what I wanted at all.

After a bit of searching, it seems this the webkit developers have decided not to fix this "bug" because of usability issues.

In a web application that I am building I need to use a multiple selection <select> list.  Because screen space is limited I decided I would set the size attribute to 2.

In the Chrome browser, the display produces 4 lines of text – not what I wanted at all.

After a bit of searching, it seems this the webkit developers have decided not to fix this “bug” because of usability issues.

This seems to me the height of arrogance.  Who are they to decide that I don’t want only two entries in this case – this list itself is likely to be relatively small

Internet Explorer 8 bugs – why aren’t they fixed?

Not being much of a user of Windows – my desktop is running Gnome under Linux – I came across a strange Internet Explorer 8 bug last Friday. I was setting up a Simple Machines Forum (SMF) forum with a colleague and he was reporting that he couldn’t create or edit any posts with a length of more than about 10 lines.

Not being much of a user of Windows – my desktop is running Gnome under Linux – I came across a strange Internet Explorer 8 bug last Friday. I was setting up a Simple Machines Forum (SMF) forum with a colleague and he was reporting that he couldn’t create or edit any posts with a length of more than about 10 lines.

It wasn’t a problem for me running Firefox, so I decided to try all the different browsers to see if it was browser related. I have two virtual box installations of Windows XP, one with Internet Explorer 6 and one with Internet Explorer 7 and Safari installed, and I tried it will all of them. I tried with Google Chrome and with Opera as well. None of them had any problems.

In order to try Internet Explorer 8 I had to boot up my Windows 7 laptop. And sure enough, I discovered that as soon as a scroll box appeared in the posting box (a textarea) that Internet Explorer 8 started to try and scroll it to the top on every keystroke.

It can’t be just me having this problem I thought, and went to the SMF forum to ask for support there. Sure enough – as far back as March 2009 people had reported that if a textarea has a width expressed as a percentage Internet Explorer 8 exhibited these symptoms of scrolling to the top.

What puzzles me is why there is still no fix for this. Microsoft must realise that they are in a competitive market for browsers. How can it be that a problem as basic as this is known about for at least 15 months (and probably longer) and there isn’t an upgrade that solves it?

With my use of Linux, I am used to problems like this being fixed within days.