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  • My client uses IE7 on their systems and have raised a concern over the inability to administer widgets in WordPress 3.5.1. I’ve looked into the issue as far as I can, and have identified that upon drag the widget placeholder loses it’s ID attribute which then breaks all javascript once dropped. Has anybody else seen or fixed this issue? The problem is intrinsic to WordPress as wordpress.com shows the same error. My client cannot upgrade their systems.

    I’ve screenshotted the error in IE7 here:
    http://tinypic.com/r/4kcpkz/5

    the error message reads: “‘attr(…)’ is null or not an object”.

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  • Christine Rondeau

    (@crondeau)

    Volunteer Forum Moderator

    If your client cannot upgrade their system, can they use Firefox instead?

    WordPress doesn’t even support IE8 anymore, so I doubt that there will be a fix for IE7.

    Hi Christine, is there an official statement documented anywhere to the effect that support for IE7 and 8 has been dropped by the maintainers. I may need such to demonstrate to my client.

    Unfortunately they cannot install any system software be that upgrading IE or installing Firefox.

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    Given that IE7 is now almost 7 years old and has been superseded by three newer versions, I think it will be very hard to find any up-to-date application that supports IE7.

    Christine Rondeau

    (@crondeau)

    Volunteer Forum Moderator

    Diddledan, I’ll ask around to see if there’s anything official. I only remember that when Twenty Thirteen came out, they mentioned that they were not supporting IE8, but then a bit of discussion was had and they implemented some changes to make it work with IE 8.

    I’ll see if I can find anything and will get back to you.

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    I had a look through Trac thinking that might be one place where a “won’t support” comment might have been made but I couldn’t find anything specific. My guess is that IE7 will now be struggling with the current bundled version of jQuery.

    We don’t have any official statement about lack of support for IE-anything, anywhere that I know of.

    However, Google dropped support for IE8 back in November 2012:
    http://googleappsupdates.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/supporting-modern-browsers-internet.html

    Google also dropped support for IE7 as far back as August 2011:
    http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/06/our-plans-to-support-modern-browsers.html

    And while I don’t think we’ve officially dropped IE7 support, we should. IE7 is a fundamentally insecure browser, and it cannot be fixed. Upgrading to IE8 (or preferably 9/10) is the only way to continue to browse the web relatively safely.

    Amen, Otto!
    Why would anyone stick to IE7 (be it companies, IT departments or users) is beyond me.
    Esmi, I’m guessing jQuery UI is the culprit here, but AFAIK, support has been recently (version 1.10) dropped for IE6. Couldn’t find anything about IE7.

    while I emphatically agree that IE7 (and 8 and even 9) should be killed off with as much expedience as possible, and while my client may agree with me (and the opinion here), the IT decision makers in my client’s organisation are different to the guys that commissioned the project.

    *insert witty quote from popular culture about corridors of power*

    Moderator Sergey Biryukov

    (@sergeybiryukov)

    WordPress Dev

    WordPress doesn’t even support IE8 anymore, so I doubt that there will be a fix for IE7.

    WordPress does support IE8. Technically, we still support IE7 too (#18199 is the ticket for official deprecation), however I guess it doesn’t get as much testing as modern browsers.

    I’ve looked into the issue as far as I can, and have identified that upon drag the widget placeholder loses it’s ID attribute which then breaks all javascript once dropped.

    Did you try to enable accessibility mode in screen options on the Widgets screen as a workaround?

    I don’t have a working IE7 at hand, however I could not reproduce the issue using IE8 in IE7 mode. Feel free to create a Trac ticket if you’d like more contributors to look into it.

    Christine Rondeau

    (@crondeau)

    Volunteer Forum Moderator

    Thanks for providing the clarification Sergey. I’m not sure why I thought IE8 was not supported.
    Sorry about that diddledan

    Not a problem Christine, thank-you for your help everyone. I can confirm that the evil-ugly (:-p) accessibility mode does allow IE7 to at least be able to add and delete widgets.

    Moderator Sergey Biryukov

    (@sergeybiryukov)

    WordPress Dev

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