- Major layout problems @ ESPN



17 years ago
4 years ago


(Reporter: mozillabugs, Unassigned)







(2 attachments)



17 years ago
I need some evangelist help to fix up ESPN's pages.  The layout is disrupted to
the point of non-readability.  I've contacted them numerous times, and they've
replied with "we are fixing it" numerous times.  The homepage
( displays fine, but the indivisual team
pages are where problems arise.


17 years ago
Keywords: evang500

Comment 1

17 years ago
Ever confirmed: true
*** Bug 139931 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 3

17 years ago
This is not a browser issue, it is indeed a site issue, the javascript on the
page loads different style sheets
( for netscape and for IE)... if you load the
page with the IE stylesheet it looks normal and there is less overlap, I used
mlb as an example ( but it applies to most pages.  Nothing can be done until they fix their site for

Comment 4

17 years ago
Interestingly, I see this issue on my Win2k machine at work, for all versions >
0.9.8.  My home Win2k machine doesn't have this issue. 

Is there some setting to force a stylesheet, or perhaps a java version issue?

Comment 6

17 years ago
I suggest that some or all of the following bugs are marked as dupes of this one:

146860 - solution (browser detection...)
149068 Bad text layout on espn
140567 - changing visibility doesn't work
136187 Rendering issue
130076 Mail freezes when displaying message from ESPN
99161 - Table Layout Shown Incorrectly at ESPN Message B...
152034 Layout of ESPN Soccer page is not good - lines are overla...
154023 Crash when voting on [@ nsPluginInstanceOwner...

Comment 7

17 years ago
*** Bug 132587 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 8

17 years ago
doesn't appear to be in "The Americas" component. I am dealing with ESPN today,
so will reassign.
Assignee: momoi → susiew
Component: The Americas → US General
QA Contact: jonrubin → zach

Comment 9

17 years ago
Mine! Mine! All Your Base Belongs to Me!
Assignee: susiew → bclary


17 years ago
Blocks: 119194

Comment 10

17 years ago
These issues are all related however I wish to point to the individual bugs when
I contact them. Please do not dupe.
Summary: Major layout problems @ ESPN → - Major layout problems @ ESPN

Comment 11

17 years ago
*** Bug 168341 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 171249 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 13

16 years ago
My problem isn't really on the MLB page, but the main page that opens when you
visit My layout problems occur because of the new advertisement style
that espn is incorporating. The ad on the top frame is initially a large flash
image, and it gradually decreases after 5 seconds or so that the page is open.
When this decrease occurs, the site is impossible to navigate.

Comment 14

16 years ago
Yes, i agree that the new homepage is a major major problem.

I do have a temporary workaround:

Install <a href="javascript:(function(){var d=document; function K(N,t) { var b
= d.createElement(%22div%22);;;
b.innerHTML=%22<del>%22 + t + %22</del>%22; N.parentNode.replaceChild(b,N); }
function Z(t) { var T = d.getElementsByTagName(t), i; for (i=T.length-1;i+1;--i)
K(T[i],t); } Z(%22object%22); Z(%22embed%22); Z(%22applet%22);
Z(%22iframe%22);})();">this bookmarklet</a> and click it AFTER the stupid ESPN
applet has settled down.

Comment 15

16 years ago
What issues are you seeing on the ESPN page which prevent it from being usable?
It works for me in a 2003 05 09 08 win2k build. Although they have an IE5+/Flash
only ESPNMotion thing.

Comment 16

16 years ago
When's main page loads, i have a few seconds to click something and
have it work. As soon as the embedded ad at the top of the page "bounces", no
mouse clicks work inside the page anymore.

The only way i can interact with the document is to use the bookmarklet i posted
(sorry i put those HTML tags around it) -- it removes anything within <embed>
tags on a page.

I'm using an April 28 build under Linux.

Comment 17

16 years ago
Mike, that is probably a product bug under Linux. Can you file a bug on that and
cc me?

Comment 18

16 years ago
I am having the same problem as Mike and I am using Windows XP. With Mike's
help, I have used the bookmarklet to disable the embedded flash in the
main page.

I am using the latest stable release, build 20030425.

Comment 19

16 years ago
It's not Linux specific - I have the same problem on Win2k, Mozilla 1.4b
(2003050714). It happens every time they do the moving ad at the top.

Comment 20

16 years ago
Please see the original description for the original problem as described.  I
reported this over a year ago and it's still broken.  The problem is with the
individual team pages (eg:,
not  the home page or any new banner ads, and if these new banner ads are
causing problems, perhaps they need a seperate evang bug filed.

Comment 21

16 years ago
The problem of the links on the ESPN homepage not functioning after the 
annoying FLASH animation bounces away can also be solved by resizing the window,
even by the smallest amount

This works on Win2k. While this problem is also evident on Linux, I have not
tried the resizing solution on Linux.

Another symptom of the problem is that after the page stops functioning, you
can't move the window by left-clicking the titlebar. However, after a resize,
all functionality is restored.

Comment 22

16 years ago
They seem to have fixed it for Mozilla

Comment 23

16 years ago
As of May 22, using Firebird on Linux (Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US;
rv:1.4b) Gecko/20030516 Mozilla Firebird/0.6) the problem still exists with the
moving add on espn front page.

Comment 24

16 years ago
PLEASE READ the original Description!
This bug is not about problems with the moving add on the ESPN frontpage.

Comment 25

16 years ago
It is my fault for bringing the moving "AD" issue to this bug. I have created a 
new bug that directly deals with this issue. Bug ID is 206760 so I'd appreciate 
if all of you with the moving ad lockup to leave comments on 206760.

Comment 26

16 years ago
tech evang june 2003 reorg
Assignee: bc → english-us
QA Contact: zach → english-us

Comment 27

16 years ago
I was previously using the build from June 17, 2003 under Windows XP and rendered perfectly.  I upgraded to 1.4RC2 and now it looks ugly again.
 I read here where it is the site's fault and I can understand that, but it
worked for a couple of days and now doesn't work again so I'm a bit skeptical of
that being the only thing wrong.  I had major problems tonight with just the
main URL.  But I'm pretty sure it rendered fine in
the previous nightly build just before I went to 1.4RC2.

Comment 28

16 years ago
Re: comment 27,'s main page was FUBAR last night in nightly builds as
well as 1.4RC2.

Comment 29

16 years ago
Sections of espn pages overlap or they are truncated.

Comment 30

16 years ago
reported issue by
Target Milestone: --- → Nov

Comment 31

15 years ago
I've read through a number of the "espn" related bugs. However, what no one has
mentioned in that Moz 1.4.x renders the ESPN Homepage
(almost) correctly. It is readable. However, 1.5 and 1.6a do not render the page
in any readable format. In fact, major sections of content are not loaded.

I've tried changing the User Agent string to simulate different browsers but the
behavior with 1.5 and 1.6 does not change.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but, how can this be an ESPN issue when the behavior is
not consistent with different Moz versions? 

Comment 32

15 years ago
Well, if you'd read the original description of the bug, the problem is not with
the HOMEPAGE, it displays fine. The problem is with deeper pages, for example,
NHL team pages:

They are completely borked, sometimes completely unreadable (Text flowing
underneath images, etc).

Comment 33

15 years ago
Created attachment 140696 [details]
Screencap of the problem

I've attached a screencap showing Mozilla 1.7a's rendering of right alongsize IE6.0's
rendering of the same page.  ESPN is huge, and this is a highly visible (and
embarassing) display problem that ESPN doesn't seem to want to fix.  Gives Moz
a bad name.

Comment 34

15 years ago
Adding to comment 33, the problem is the javascript.  If you turned off
javascript, or switched to the "clubhouse" stylesheet, then the page looks
similar to the IE picture (though some link colors on certain club pages may be
harder to read.)


15 years ago
Keywords: top100

Comment 35

15 years ago
Created attachment 150533 [details]
Screencap of Problem (Worse)

Can someone hit up ESPN to have this fixed before the 1.7/0.9 blitz?  It's
gotten worse, pages are unreadable, this top100 will make Mozilla look bad to
any potential converts.

Comment 36

15 years ago
This appears fixed in Firefox 0.9.1
Can someone confirm on the branch?

Comment 37

15 years ago
WFM on branch too -> Fixed.
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Product: Tech Evangelism → Tech Evangelism Graveyard
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