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Lost Firefox support to web part drop-down menu.

  Asked By: Nilay    Date: Jul 16    Category: MOSS    Views: 1719

In internet explorer, when you mouse over a WebPart's title bar, you get
the EDIT icon next to the down-triangle and you can click that and get
the menu that includes options like EDIT SHARED WEB PART.

This does not work in Firefox. On neither our MOSS'07 sites nor our
WSS2.0 sites. I've checked this on multiple machines in our

Instead of the EDIT mouseover and menu, you have to click the little
down-arrow. The page then refreshes and you have to go over to the right

I asked this in passing before and someone said that this works just
fine for them in Firefox.

Anyone have any idea why this would not be working for us? Could it have
anything to do with us accessing WSS2 sites in Firefox prior to using FF
for MOSS (some odd plug-in installation or something?) The fact that the
behavior is the same on two different servers with two different
installs of Sharepoint seems to rule this being specifically a server

Any thoughts?

And since I'm on the topic of web browsers, can anyone log into their
MOSS site via Safari? I enter my typical domain\username and password
into Safari's dialog box but just get denied. Not sure if that's a MOSS
thing, and AD thing, or maybe some proxy server thing on our end.

Not a HUGE Deal, but I imagine over time we will have external business
partners on macs with Safari.



5 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Asia Meyers     Answered On: Jul 16

Actually it was me who responded, and I misunderstood your original
question. I thought you were referring to the edit  drop down inside a
list/library. I've just tried this and see the same behavior you do.

Answer #2    Answered By: Shelley Reese     Answered On: Jul 16

Funny how MS could figure out half the drop-down  menus on the site  to be
cross-browser compatible but not others. Funny. And sad. And
frustrating. *sigh*.

Answer #3    Answered By: Omar Arnold     Answered On: Jul 16

This might help: Firefox and IE can do NTLM authentication, Safari can't.
To access MOSS via Safari, basic authentication has to be enabled on the
server; there are probably other configuration steps that an
authentication/admin guru could address better than I can.

If I correctly understood a recent thread on this list, you may be able to
use Alternate Access Mapping to have your internal users authenticate via
NTLM while your external  business partners use basic authentication.

Answer #4    Answered By: Christen Roberson     Answered On: Jul 16

I'm not overly worried about the issue. I'm probably the only one in the
org that tests in Safari, and any external  user on a Mac can be pointed
at Firefox.

That said, are there 'side effects' with turning on basic
authentication? Any cons to enabling that?

Answer #5    Answered By: Faith Delgado     Answered On: Jul 16

Side effects include getting prompted for authentication whenever
opening files in Office clients, since the authentication is not shared
across processes and there is no "automatically send credentials"
option. You will also want to make sure you are running using SSL, as
the credentials are sent unencrypted in the request headers.

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