Using IE8.

Clicking the suggestion box with @user_names doesn't work when the @user_name is not going to be the first token in the comment (which may happen when I want to notify a user while talking to another user or to general public (example)).

When I click the suggestion box, it goes bold, but the name is not inserted in the comment, and a js error occurs:

'name' is null or not an object
Line: 159
Character: 142
Code: 0
URI: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/content/js/full.js?v=d90e8064a7a4

Pressing Tab in this situation works as expected. Only clicking does not work.

  • Could you briefly explain why you need to use IE8? This might deter people from posting comments such as - "Upgrade to a better more current browser!" ;)
    – Lix
    Apr 27, 2012 at 10:48
  • @Lix I was willing to upgrade and I gave IE9 a go. They completely broke the search box by merging it with the address bar. I'm using the search box quite often and I have many search providers installed, and the way it works in IE9 makes me suffer every time I try to use it. I've looked online for any hotkeys/tips on using the new merged bar, it wasn't any good either. So I rolled back to IE8. I'm not exactly happy with that situation.
    – GSerg
    Apr 27, 2012 at 10:53
  • It's still too early to think about dropping IE8 on a wide scale yet... even I am still supporting it in my designs. Apr 27, 2012 at 11:32
  • 2
    FWIW, this (age old) IE issue is still present in IE9.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Apr 27, 2012 at 12:08

1 Answer 1


Working with text boxes in response to click events is always a challenge in IE. But at least the fix for this (next build, as alawys) also made the click behavior more consistent with the TAB behavior in other browsers.

  • A little glitch is found in the fix. Now, when I click, the name goes bold and inserts into the textbox, but the textbox loses its focus. So when I click and then press space, the page is scrolled one screen down because the space goes to the page, not the textbox.
    – GSerg
    May 1, 2012 at 14:48

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