website IE8 tagName error

September 20, 2011 at 06:01:12
Specs: Windows XP
On certain web sites, usually ones where you have to fill in a date, tick a box, use a calendar etc I get an error message in the bottom left hand ocorner of the screen preceeded by a yellow triangle saying error on page. It prevents me from continuing using the next page of the website.

I'm using IE8 and Windows XP.

If i double click on the error message i get the following details:

Webpage error details

User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; MSN OptimizedIE8;ENGB)
Timestamp: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:56:38 UTC

Message: 'tagName' is null or not an object
Line: 73
Char: 4
Code: 0

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September 20, 2011 at 06:53:38
Precisely what it says, the web page has errors on it. The person who constructed that page has made errors in writing the HTML code. Sometimes the code is okay for one browser but not for another.

For example, Internet Explorer (especially earlier versions) didn't adhere strictly to accepted web standards so page errors were frequent. Load the same page in Firefox and it may well have no errors at all. Sometimes the reverse is true, so try Internet Explorer instead of Firefox.

It all comes down to which of the two main browsers was used to test that particular website on during it's construction.

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September 20, 2011 at 07:02:45
Thanks Pip for your reply. I had a similar problem trying to check in online using the British Airways website earlier today which prompted my posting. Both websites work OK using Google Chrome instead of IE8 so I guess that's my way round it.


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