The IE Information Bar

By Deane Barker on September 23, 2004

Windows XP Service Pack 2: Use the Internet Explorer Information Bar: Microsoft did a good job with the latest addition to IE: the Information Bar.

Internet Explorer now displays an Information Bar (just below the address bar) where you can see information about downloads, blocked pop-up windows, potential security risks, and other activities. This information helps you to avoid potentially harmful files you might otherwise accept from the Internet.

The bar lowers down from “behind” the lowest toolbar on the browser (usually the address or links bar), accompanied by a little sound effect. You can’t miss it, unlike other notification methods that can be overlooked.

Since IE has pop-up blocking in SP2, the information bar is very handy at notifying the user that a window has been blocked. Too many times, my parents would keep mashing away on a link, not noticing the little icon in the system tray telling them that PanicWare had blocked a window.

I harp on Microsoft a lot when they screw up, so I’ll give them credit for this one. I wonder what Jakob has to say about it?



  1. Credit for IE is a bit much being sent to the company that broke Netscape: steam-rollered over the W3C’s HTML and CSS specifications, ‘extended’ Netscape’s JavaScript, brought us ActiveX, thrust ‘that’ DOM on us and don’t get me started on the MSXML parser

    All-in-all they’ve probably set the web back as much as they have innovated; but I confess to liking the .HTC behavio(U)r methodology

    MS has not updated IE6 since 2001 – 3 years people – from the sometimes biggest corporation the world has ever known – I defy anybody with enough savvy to read Gadgetopia to try FireFox for 10 minutes and still give IE credit, especially when you read the IE6 ‘About IE6’ blurb:

    “Based on NCSA Mosaic. NCSA Mosaic(TM); was developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Distributed under a licensing agreement with Spyglass, Inc. Contains security software licensed from RSA Data Security Inc. Portions of this software are based in part on the work of the Independent JPEG Group. Multimedia software components, including Indeo(R); video, Indeo(R) audio, and Web Design Effects are provided by Intel Corp. Unix version contains software licensed from Mainsoft Corporation. Copyright (c) 1998-1999 Mainsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Mainsoft is a trademark of Mainsoft Corporation. Warning: This computer program is protected by copyright law and international treaties. Unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this program, or any portion of it, may result in severe civil and criminal penalties, and will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law.”

    There’s not a lot left to code is there when see how much MS did NOT write or originate, so how come the install is pushing 100mb when FireFox is less than 5mb, only Mr Gates has the answer

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