Slate magazine has a nifty feature called “Hot Document,” in which the site posts documents, highlights key portions and then, with mouse-over popups, tells you the significance of the highlighted text. But there seems to be a Firefox bug preventing this from working properly, or a bug in the Slate page coding.
Here’s a partial screen grab from this story, using Safari, showing how the Hot Document site should work:
Now here’s the same page in Firefox:
As you can see, the rollover doesn’t give you the full explainer text in Firefox. (I’ve reduced the size of the screen shots to fit in this page, which is why one has larger text than the other.)
I raise this issue because I think what Slate is doing with this feature is a genuine innovation in online journalism. To see it thwarted by inadequate software code (whoever is responsible) is unfortunate.