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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
07/24/04: Pictures working only on MSIE
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With more and more of my friends moving to Opera and Firefox
and Mozilla and Netscape to avoid all the security problems,
I get more and more complaints about my pictures not showing
on my site. Is that a problem with the server?
It's a problem with your file names. You have spaces in
many of them. On Windows that makes no difference,
and on MSIE, even though it is against the HTML
specifications, it works too.
MSIE is rather sloppy, or "forgiving", as Microsoft tells us.
It's that "forgiving" style of programming that allows
hackers to take advantage of holes and burglar into
The other browsers are built very strict and proper and are
quite secure. However, being prim and proper, they can't
allow you to break the rules and have spaces in file names.
You can snug up the gaps, or fill them with %20 or a dash
or an underscore. Then your pictures will show on all
browsers and on all operating systems.
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