Internet Explorer 9 problems

IE9 incompatibilities: A wordpress hosted site I’ve created - thisismalsart.wordpress.com – is not displaying correctly in IE9, yet is perfect in Chrome and Firefox. I just tried the “WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically” option which didn’t work. I want to use the Sunspot theme, but I’ve noticed it happens to some other themes too (eg: PianoBlack), yet some themes are fine. Is there a solution – other than changing themes or using Firefox or Chrome (as I do)? Many non-technical folk (like one of my clients) unfortunately stick with the default Windows browser as they don’t know any better.

During testing with another WP blog, I also noticed the slideshow feature doesn’t work in IE9, or the Facebook/twitter links at the bottom of posts.

I’ve noticed many other non-wordpress sites, including of all sites – http://validator.w3.org/ – have problems too – absolutely no content except the background display (and still won’t work in compatability mode), it seems to be an IE 9 problem, I’ve read possiblly a font or CSS issue.

Any help would be much appreciated. Cheers – screenshots below.

Sunspot Theme Demo Blog on Firefox

Sunspot Theme Demo Blog on Firefox

Sunspot Demo Blog on IE9

Sunspot Demo Blog on IE9

Sunspot Theme AB Blog onFirefox

Sunspot Theme AB Blog onFirefox

Sunspot Theme AB Blog on IE9

Sunspot Theme AB Blog on IE9

PianoBlack Theme EDGE Blog on Firefox

PianoBlack Theme EDGE Blog on Firefox

PianoBlack theme EDGE Blog on IE9

PianoBlack theme EDGE Blog on IE9

I changed the MalsArt Theme to Parament as shown below. At least the content is now mostly displaying correctly in IE9, except the “Share this” and “Like this” sections at the bottom of each page, which appears as a few dots. There also seems to be an issue with posting comments in IE9, as in … you can’t.
The email reply form on the contact page appears to be working correctly.

Parament Theme Mals Blog on Chrome

Parament Theme Mals Blog on Chrome

Parament Theme Mals Blog on IE9

Parament Theme Mals Blog on IE9

Thanks in advance for any help, below are some screenshots from other sites …

WC3 site on Firefox

WC3 site on Firefox

WC3 site IE9

WC3 site IE9

Out of all the sites on the internet, the one above should work correctly!
And below, another fairly plain WordPress theme.

TwentyEleven Theme Jenia on Firefox

TwentyEleven Theme Jenia on Firefox

TwentyEleven Theme Jenia on IE9

TwentyEleven Theme Jenia on IE9

I should point out that this is also happening in a clients IE9 browser and on another PC I have.
Many other sites are displaying fine in IE9. Out of 15 website’s I’ve designed from scratch, I’m only having trouble with one – ourtom.id.au, as well as these WordPress themes.

If anyone can test or view these themes / sites correctly in IE9 or are having issues in other browsers, please let me know as it may be an IE9 install issue on the several PC’s I’ve tested them on, unlikely, but possible.

http://edgetas.wordpress.com
http://thisismalsart.wordpress.com/
(now mostly displaying correctly after changing Themes)
http://abcedge.wordpress.com/ (this site’s theme may change as I’m testing with it – includes gallery and slideshow features)
http://jenia.wordpress.com/
http://sunspotdemo.wordpress.com/

http://validator.w3.org/
ourtom.id.au

 

I’ve posted this issue on the Micorsoft Answers forum HERE
and the WordPress Support Forum HERE

16 responses to “Internet Explorer 9 problems

  1. OurTom: Tried disabling all add-ons first, nope. Opened console (f12) tried debugging, various compatiblilty modes, nope. Uninstalled “installed update – Internet Explorer”, restarted, launched IE, now version 8. Opened OurTom – suprise, it WORKS!! About to download and reinstall IE9 update.

    And what do you know, OurTom doesn’t work again!!! It’s actually worse, now I can’t see the background, just blank white. w3.org is the same – nothing, even recleared caches etc., viewing at 100%, yet ninemsm.com.au which is way more complicated works fine! However, another Micosoft page: http://ie9.discoverbing.com/ – isn’t working either! I even retried Browser Mode: IE8, Document Mode IE8 in the IE9 console and it won’t work.

    BTW, using Win7 64 bit Home Premium on a ASUS G73S Laptop, 64-bit Ultimate on the desktop PC, not sure what my client is using.

  2. I just ran some of the above pages thru validator.w3.org.
    The only page which has NO errors is w3.org – which is NOT working in IE9!
    OurTom has 2 errors, 4 warnings – NOT working.
    Mals ArtWP has 21 errors, 4 warnings – MOSTLY working.
    EdgeTasWP has 44 erros, 13 warnings – NOT working.
    NineMSN.com.au has 238 Errors, 161 warning(s) – yet IS working!!

    Why would a page with NO errors NOT work, and a page with 238 errors WORK?
    This makes no sense.

    I’ve reset IE9′s settings to thier default, it makes no difference if I use IE’s reccommended settings or not.

    Here is a post on the Microsoft forum by someone else who had the exact same issue:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie9-windows_vista/since-upgrading-to-ie9-many-websites-are/bccefdf1-722b-476e-bc5b-a3105d72be16

    • I’ve tested my sites on another PC in IE 9 and they were perfect. Are you running Adobe CS Daniel? I’m thinking its a compatibility problem with Adobe fonts as I have it on all 3 PCs that are playing up and so did another guy having issues. Yet to test and confirm though.

  3. Thanks for the suggestion. Interesting… I’ll have to experiment. I use a Mac, and have only just noticed this problem via my girlfriend’s laptop. Now for some more extensive tests – hopefully there’s something simple I can do to sort it out.

    If not there’s this…: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/browser-blocker/

    I’d rather not resort to that, but I’m about to draw more traffic to the site, and my coding’s probably not up to IE workarounds. We’ll see.

    • Had a look at your site, looks fine here in Firefox but all I can see in IE9 is the bottom white line, no content – no Pink Floyd prism :( – my fav band!

      If you’re girlfriend’s laptop DOESN’T have Adobe on it, let us know please!

      It’s not really a problem for me as I prefer Firefox, but it’s not good for commercial sites if non-tech end users aren’t aware why they can’t see a site and don’t know any better to try another BETTER browser.

      If I find a cause or fix, I’ll post it here, I’d appreciate it if you could too :)
      Cheers.

      • Oh, you could try chaging templates, it worked for the thisismalsart.wordpress.com site I made. I probably should change this site too, the issue only seems to affect a minority of people and then only a few sites/wordpress templates. Frustrating.

  4. “Thanks again – I thought I’d got it working by adding this code (both lines inserted into header.php after a web trawl and a few experiments):

    As viewed in IE9 this end, it seems OK now (i.e. I see what I see in Firefox on my Mac) – and since the instruction tells IE9 to copy IE8, I guess it works there too, but haven’t been able to confirm yet.

    Could you clear the cache your end and take another look? Thanks for your help!

    P.S. – the PC here has no Adobe CS installed – just Acrobat Reader 9. So I guess we\’re dealing with different problems, but I\’m don\’t really know. I\’m no coder – I\’ve just hacked around with a theme by trial and error – it started like this: http://wpshower.com/themes/blogum/

    Cheers, Daniel

    • Hi Daniel,
      After deleting temp items, cookies & history in IE9, closing it and refreshing your page, it’s still not displaying properly here, just the one white line on black.

      I presume because you can change your theme’s code you’re hosting it on your own server and not WordPress? I’m just using default themes hosted on WordPress, so can’t get in and alter any code, only make changes in the “dashboard”.

      Just wondering if you tried any of the links at the bottom of my original post in IE9 and if they work on your GF’s PC?

      Thanks for the feedback on Adobe, I have CS3 installed which uses Acrobat 8 Pro, and have Acrobat Reader 8 installed – so perhaps I’m on the wrong track. I’m busy with graphic design work at the moment, so can’t really test or change this PC till I’ve finished my current jobs – probably a week or two.
      I’d like to know what’s causing it though.

      Cheers.

    • Thanks for the link – I hadn’t tried it, seems to be rendering fine on their German servers – even on IE9 here!

      I have 3 Win7 PC’s here (all different spec) and a client’s PC that won’t view ANY of the pages listed in IE9. I’ve had 3 friends check, one I tested myself and all sites works fine on their PC’s in IE9. It seems to be an isolated problem that indicates a software (or font) conflict with IE9 and …. something.

      Thanks for testing my pages :)

  5. Well, I’ve had to reinstall everything on my repaired laptop so took the opportunity to do some testing. It appears to be a font conflict!

    I installed IE9 and tested the websites as I re-installed my drivers, apps, games & utilities … and fonts. As soon as the fonts went on, the sites were corrupted. I then restored the PC to an earlier point and the sites were OK again.
    I’ve now installed pretty much everything except the fonts and all’s fine. So, which font is it? I’ll have to install the fonts a few at a time to find out, I’ll post the culprit here when I find it …

  6. Oh, and Daniel, If you’re still watching this blog … your site works fine now in IE9 with no extra fonts installed :)

    • Not quite sorted till I find the culprit, but at least I’m now on the right track – 400+ fonts to test! Probably next week. Thanks for your help and suggestions before :)

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