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02 July 2009 @ 12:05 am
The Computer Is Your Friend: The Mirror Crack'd  
I want broken-image icons, dammit.

I am tired of Firefox not showin' anything when an image doesn't work. It's not useful or desirable in any way shape or form. Netscape did it. IE did it, or, if memory serves, it used to. Firefox doesn't show anything if an image doesn't load, and neither does Evolution (the GNOME browser that also comes with Ubuntu).

Broken-image icons let you know that you HAVE missed something, and give you a location to right-click on to try to force-load the image.

It's just STUPID. Who decided that NOT doing something that the very first GUI browsers did was a good idea? Can I punch them?

Does anyone out there know how to make Firefox DO this?

EDIT: kyhwana knew!

"about:config" insisted that "browser.display.show_image_placeholder" was indeed set to "true", so that part of the browser is Just Plain Broken.

Thankfully, https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6542 took care of it just fine -- in FF 3.0. For you folks who've already adopted 3.5, you're on your own.

Has anyone else had this problem with Firefox? You'd think if it was common, it would have been fixed by now. Since it's persisted through several full version numbers and two different operating systems, however, I have a hard time believing it's Just Me.

I feel: irritatedirritated
kyhwana on July 2nd, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
type "about:config" into the address bar..
search for "browser.display.show_image_placeholder" make sure it's true.
Your Obedient Serpent: facepalmathelind on July 2nd, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
It is true. So it just doesn't WORK. Argh! Guess I'll try that add-on. Does anyone else have that problem? Because it's been an issue for me through several version updates across two operating systems.
kyhwana on July 2nd, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
Your Obedient Serpent: happyathelind on July 2nd, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
That worked! Thank you!
scarfman on July 2nd, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)

My Firefox 3.0.11 only fails to show broken image icons at LJ. I've always assumed that that's an LJ thing rather than a browser thing, but I don't recall whether I've had occasion to notice whether it happens on IE too.