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Strange behavior of IE with Google News RRS feed

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  • IE seems to have a very strange behavior with Google News.
     
    On the desktop, both IE9 and IE10 (perhaps earlier also) seem to treat the links to the different news items as popups. The way the link is controlled is determined by the popup setting in the Tab section of Internet Options. If you specify "Let Internet Explorer decide how popups open" then the link opens in a new tab. Strangely, the Back button is active in this situation, but merely reloads the same link. Though strange, this behavior is fine, because you can return to the main Google News page by selecting the original tab.
     
    In IE10 in the modern UI, the behavior does not seeem to be affected by the popup settings in Internet Options, and the link always opens in the current tab. But here's the kicker: the Back button does not work, so you cannot go back to the main Google News page. It seems that what happens when you click a link is that an intermediate page at news.google.com is first loaded, and this immediately redirects to the news article itself. When you hit the back button you go to the redirect page, which then redirects you back to the article. This is very bad behavior, because to return to the Google News page you have to reload it.
     
    Actually, I now see that Google News behaves strangely in other browsers also (I had never noticed this before, because my usual habit is to right-click on the links and deliberately open in a new tab).
     
    Google Chrome works much like desktop IE -- the link is opened in a new tab (though here the back button is inactive).
     
    In Mozilla SeaMonkey (presumably Firefox also), the link opens in the existing tab, and the Back button works normally, taking you back to the main Google News page.
     
    The only real problem here is IE10 in the modern UI. It is pretty much impossible to read Google News in this browser. I'm sure this could easily be fixed by either Microsoft or Google...
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:35 PM

All replies

  • I've always avoided letting ie handle popups and use open in new tab in current window,

    You might try Center click as a easier way to open these links in a new tab I find it more palatable ?

    If the Backwards button is active right clicking and selecting New tab again see what center clicking does.

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013 5:20 PM
  • I've always avoided letting ie handle popups and use open in new tab in current window,
     
    You might try Center click as a easier way to open these links in a new tab I find it more palatable ?
     
    If the Backwards button is active right clicking and selecting New tab again see what center clicking does.
    Yes, on a mouse and keyboard machine, I always right-click and open in new tab also. I don't use center-click.
     
    I should have been more clear. It's reading Google News on a tablet using touch that is the problem. Although one can simulate right-click by long press, and thereby open a new tab, I do not find it such a pleasant experience as with a mouse. On a touch machine I would rather just open the link in the current tab, and use the back button. But this does not work with Google News.
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Wednesday, January 2, 2013 5:33 PM
  • reading Google News on a tablet using touch that is the problem

    There's an app for that...   <eg>

    http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/google-news-usa/44309368-ef80-436b-a9ae-36b3471bdf33/m/ROW

     
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    Wednesday, January 2, 2013 6:40 PM
    Answerer
  • reading Google News on a tablet using touch that is the problem
    There's an app for that... <eg>
     
    <http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/google-news-usa/44309368-ef80-436b-a9ae-36b3471bdf33/m/ROW>
    Hi Robert:
     
    Yes, there is. And it is quite nice, but there are some features that do not seem to work (at least for me). See
     
    http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!searchin/websearch/windows$208$20news$20app/websearch/yTDxXFNFxAw/mAjUHQbGi1gJ
     
    If this app were working nicely it would be a good solution for reading Google News in the Modern UI.
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Wednesday, January 2, 2013 7:19 PM
  • reading Google News on a tablet using touch that is the problem
    There's an app for that... <eg>
     
    http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/google-news-usa/44309368-ef80-436b-a9ae-36b3471bdf33/m/ROW
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    Robert:
     
    I see your link was to a different app. I was talking about the news section of the main Google Search App. It just displays the usual Google News web page in a single window, but it works well (the back button works, for example).
     
    But maybe I'll try your one.
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Wednesday, January 2, 2013 7:49 PM