stretched <a> objects display a small dot on the screen when pressing the link.




11 years ago
11 years ago


(Reporter: info, Unassigned)


Firefox Tracking Flags

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11 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; nl; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008052906 Firefox/3.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; nl; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008052906 Firefox/3.0

when a webpage uses a <a> tag with for example:

<a href=""><div style="width: 100%;padding: 3px">my text</div></a> 

Firefox will place a small dot on the top of that <a> object when you press the link, this is quite annoying.

I would post a screenshot but there doesn't seem to be an option for that.
but when you go to
type in any search and scroll down to the bottom.

You will see all the links for all the page numbers, this is a good example of a stretched <a>. when you  press and hold one of those links you will notice that there is a small dot on top of the images visible. It's best visible on the next an previous buttons. The small dot becomes visible above the arrow image.

I uploaded a screenshot to

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. create a basic <a> html link.
2. try to expand the <a> element so it becomes a bigger box, other than just around the text
3. example: <a href=""><div style="height: 20px;width: 200px">Big Button</div></a>
4. Use firefox to open the html page and try to click on the big link, you will see that firefox has trouble with the bigger box and somehow displays a dot in color of the text in the top left corner of the <a> box.
Actual Results:  
You see a stretched <a> object that looks fine, but when you click on that object to "open the page" and hold the mouse down you see a dot in the upper left corner of the <a> object. This is a real problem in some site designs.

Expected Results:  
Don't display a dot in upper left corner. 

I'm sure it has nothing to do with the html code itself because this happens on all websites (ex: google) when for example an <a> object is filled with an image. 
or just set to a larger size.
Last Resolved: 11 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Duplicate of bug: 357125
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