Since rolling out Windows XP SP2 around the office network, I’ve come across curious differences in the way Internet Explorer handles file form inputs (
input type="file"...), before and after SP2 is applied. At least I think I have…
Pre-SP2, it seemed possible to just type in a value to the input (rather than use the Browse button). For example, a user could type in ”/home/chris/my_file.txt”. In the context of our intranet, “not applicable” was a valid value that the user could enter.
If the input was given a value by clicking on the browse button and selecting a file, everything would work fine.
This issue has caused us a few problems, as a few of our intranet apps suddenly “broke” with no immediate or obvious explanation.
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Has anyone else come across this little quirk? Could someone else confirm or debunk this?
I must admit to not testing this in any great depth, but I have come across this problem on a number of different pages (not all on our intranet), using a couple of different machines. I did a quick google search and nothing related came up.
Or is it all me fault? Actually, don’t answer that…