Since a few people asked for it, I’ve created a test file that reproduces the Internet Explorer freeze reported yesterday. You can find it with the title “Internet Explorer Freezes — BEWARE!“. If you follow that link with a non-IE browser, you should see a static copy of the “Ten Things To Do…” post, with two differences:
- I stripped off the theme stylesheet so the masthead graphic isn’t shown.
- I inserted a warning/explanatory comment near the top of the document.
Under the hood, the main difference is that the style sheets are all embedded in the document, so if you’re so inclined you can download that single page to your hard drive and fiddle with it to your heart’s content. If anyone can narrow down this problem to a very minimal test case, I’d love to see it. Refer back to “When Browsers Attack!” for notes on what I discovered. There may well be more to the story, but if so, I didn’t find it.
I’ll reiterate the warning, in case it somehow wasn’t clear enough: iif you load this document in IE/Win, the odds are very, very, very high that it will freeze Internet Explorer, necessitating a force-quit of the application. It may also crash Windows. If you don’t want those sorts of things to happen to you, then don’t load the document. Clear? Good.