Arne Brachhold

Firefox truncates content of WordPress posts

Filed under: Wordpress — arne on July 19, 2006

If you use Firefox to edit a post, it may happen in some cases, especially on long posts and when switching between tabs, that the text gets truncated to an unspecified length. If you save this post, the cut content is lost forever.

Check your post before you save it

This behavior happens from time to time, so when you edit a post scroll down to the end of the textarea and check that it is complete every time before you hit the "Save" button!
If it’s not complete, copy the edited text and paste it into Notepad. Than reload the page until the textarea shows the complete post and merge it with your edited text from Notepad.

More about this bug

You can keep track of this problem with the bug report on bugzilla. Introductions to test or confirm this behavior are available on this comment, which clearly shows that this is not a WordPress fault.

Available solutions

At the moment there is no solution but a workaround: You can install the IE Tab extension for Firefox and add "http://www.yourblog.com/wp-admin/post.php" to the list of sites which should be opened in Internet Explorer.

4 Comment(s)

Comment by Matthijs van der Vleuten

Posted on July 19, 2006

I’ve actually experienced this truncating bug yesterday on Wikipedia. I can’t remember whether I switched tabs or not, but I assume I did.

Comment by arne

Posted on July 19, 2006

Luckily there is a version management in Wikipedia. This bug is nearly as annoying as the copy + paste bug, which exists since 2003 and gets not fixed.

Comment by irwan.biz

Posted on July 20, 2006

not only that, firefox also truncates the setting when im editing using theme editor… it’s has been my practise to copy all the text in the box before saving or going to other pages

Comment by Yaron

Posted on August 8, 2006

Could this be related to some extension instead of Firefox itself?
I’ve been working with long posts (both in WordPress, and other editing in textareas) for a while using Firefox, and never encountered this. I also tried to reproduce this now with the instructions on the Bugzilla page, and couldn’t (Firefox 1.5.06 on Win2k Pro).

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