About dialog weirdness

VERIFIED FIXED in Firebird0.8



17 years ago
13 years ago


(Reporter: j.moz, Assigned: mconnor)


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17 years ago
I found a cool new way to screw things up in phoenix.

1. Choose Help/About (a dialog box appears, well done)
2. Click on the link in the dialog (copyright etc)

The weirdness begins: it opens a new phoenix window with the about: info but the
window doesn't appear in the task bar. The window seems fully operational, I'm
able to click on links and write new addresses in the url bar.

Now, let's shake things up some more:

1. Open a new window (just to see it doesn't appear in the task bar either)
2. Press ctrl-f (find dialog appears, dismiss with esc)
3. Press ctrl-f again

Find dialog doesn't work any more. Manage bookmarks works every other time.
About doesn't work.

After closing some windows (they minimize in a weird Windows 3.1-like manner,
btw) you can see that the about dialog is still blocking the first window.
Clicking ok makes things normal again: newly opened windows appear in the task
bar and the find dialog etc. work.

Comment 1

17 years ago
Joonas, thanks for the bug. Blake, is this anything we can fix? Can we just
target the original window for loading that content?

Comment 2

17 years ago
Just a little addition to this bug: The new window that's spawned when clicking
on the link in the about box is apparently a modal window, just like the about
box, so it becomes impossible to switch from the new window to any other Phoenix
window until the new window is closed. I'm not sure if this behavior is the same
under Linux, but in Windows it's certainly annoying.

Comment 3

17 years ago
I don't know about the iconisation side of things in WMs with task bars, since
it all works well enough in fvwm 2.4 (well, other than that download windows - not
the download manager! - are uniconisable and unshrinkable, but that's a
different bug), but the browser window created from the About dbox is modal, as
is any
browser window created from that (at least via ^N).

Maybe the About dialogue box shouldn't be modal? :-)

Comment 4

17 years ago
This affects windows and linux. 
OS: Windows XP → All

Comment 5

17 years ago
*** Bug 172246 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 6

17 years ago
Forgot to say this in the initial report: the about dialog should close before
loading new content. Doing that would probably fix this bug.

Comment 7

17 years ago
*** Bug 173883 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 8

17 years ago
*** Bug 177793 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***


17 years ago
Target Milestone: --- → Phoenix0.7


17 years ago
Target Milestone: Phoenix0.7 → Phoenix0.9

Comment 9

17 years ago
A related oddity:  Let's say that while I'm filling out this "Additional
Comments" box, I want to paste in the exact build/version of Phoenix that I'm
using.  So I go to Help/About, then click on the Copyright & Contributors link.
 I highlight the UA string and press Ctrl-C to copy it to the Windows clipboard.
 I close that window with Ctl-W, and then press Escape to close the About box.

Now this "Additional Comments" text box has focus again.  But most normal cursor
movements don't work, and if I press Ctl-V to paste my UA string, it fails.

I click outside the text box, press F7 a few times to toggle the "caret" mode on
and off, and then I click back into the text box.  Now things are back to normal
and I can paste the UA:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win 9x 4.90; en-US; rv:1.3a) Gecko/20021119 Phoenix/0.4

Comment 10

17 years ago
I had a similar problem, except after I go to help/about and copyright info
etc... In the new window that is spawned I am unable to follow any bookmarks OR
type anything in the address bar.  After I close both that window and the about
dialogue, I am able to go to bookmarks from the original window, however they
are opened in a new and different window.

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.3a) Gecko/20021207 Phoenix/0.5

Comment 11

17 years ago
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win98; en-US; rv:1.3a) Gecko/20021231 Phoenix/0.5

This is still a problem.  I've only ever programmed in Visual Basic, so I can't
check this for myself in the code.  Or maybe I could if I even knew where to
start looking!
But isn't this just a matter of setting a flag on the API call to create a new
window, i.e. setting it as a normal window instead of a modal one?
'Cause this is a pretty annoying bug, it would be nice to see it closed.

Comment 12

16 years ago
how about opening that copyright document in the about dialog itself?
I have written a simple proof-of-concepte patch.

Comment 13

16 years ago
the patch which tries to use a different mechanism to display copyright
information, fixing this bug.
*** Bug 197548 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 202758 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 202757 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 17

16 years ago
Does "Get New Extentions" also cause this? Just something to check. I'm on
Linux, where all it causes is the prefs to get stuck open.

Comment 18

16 years ago
*** Bug 206340 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 19

16 years ago
Why not just get rid of the dialog box?  Mozilla doesn't have it (and doesn't
need it, IMO).

It doesn't seem to add anything to the overall product, and all the info that is
there is also on the "about:" page (which is what Mozilla opens when clicking


16 years ago
Target Milestone: Phoenix0.9 → Phoenix1.0
When you open the Help, About Mozilla Firebird page and press the "Copyright and
Contributor information" link, a new page open. If you minimize this new window,
it becomes impossible to press "ok" or to anything in the "about mozilla
firebird" dialog. Only after closing the new window does it again become
possible to use the "old" browser window again. This is under Linux. Seems to be
the same as mentioned under MS Windows in comment #2.

Comment 21

16 years ago
*** Bug 214028 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 22

16 years ago
*** Bug 217688 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 23

16 years ago
*** Bug 217899 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 217933 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 25

16 years ago
uses a copy of visitLink from pref.xul to properly open a new window with the
appropriate link.
Attachment #116538 - Attachment is obsolete: true

Comment 26

16 years ago
Comment on attachment 131005 [details] [diff] [review]
use the same function as links in Options dialogs

works in the same fashion as "Get New Extensions" etc.	The other option is to
define an actual dialog with an iframe, but that's probably more than needed.
Attachment #131005 - Flags: review?(noririty)

Comment 27

16 years ago
-> taking
Assignee: blake → mpconnor


16 years ago


16 years ago
QA Contact: asa


16 years ago
Priority: -- → P3
Target Milestone: Firebird1.0 → Firebird0.8

Comment 28

16 years ago
This bug also exists in the Mac OS X version of Firebird.
Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.6a) Gecko/20031003

Not the task bar issue, obviously (and everything seems to work fine on the
dock). But the blocked second "find" problem in subsequent windows, and the
inability to close the dialog box if the copyright window is minimized (or in
the foreground, it seems) are pretty much as described for the Windows versions


16 years ago
Hardware: PC → All

Comment 29

16 years ago
Comment on attachment 131005 [details] [diff] [review]
use the same function as links in Options dialogs

Thanks for pointing this out.
Attachment #131005 - Flags: review?(noririty)

Comment 30

16 years ago
fix landed
Last Resolved: 16 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
QA Contact: bugzilla

Comment 31

16 years ago
Thanks noririty. I can confirm this *mostly* fixed on Mac build 20031020
Firebird/0.7+ However I don't think the bug should be marked as fixed yet.

There are still two weird issues. So far I've only checked the Mac build, not a
PC one.

1. When you bring up the "About Mozilla Firebird" box and then click "Copyright
and contributor information", it brings up the info window, but immediately
foregrounds your current window, so the info window is hidden behind it. If you
blinked at the wrong moment you'd never know it was there. It should stay in the

2. If you have two browser windows open. Bring up the "about" info using window
1. Leave it open, but foreground window 2. Then minimize window 2. Close the
"about" info associated with window 1. Maximize window 2 again. You'll notice
that the address bar in window 2 is unresponsive, amongst other things. If you
background window 2, then foreground it again, the problem goes away.

If you have even more windows open, and minimize them all, then even stranger
patterns of window problems occur. In fact, if you minimize, say, 3 browser
windows, it's possible to maximize them again and see the bug on one of them
without even closing the "about" info first. It becomes messy at this point. But
I'm hoping the simple pattern is enough to go on to locate the problem.

Comment 32

16 years ago
Windows version works fine. 20031021 Firebird/0.7+
verified fixed 20031027


16 years ago
Depends on: 224022, 224024

Comment 34

16 years ago
*** Bug 228065 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 35

15 years ago
*** Bug 232703 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
QA Contact: bugzilla → general
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