A surprising bug in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 5.0 Web browser came to light last week, with a somewhat inelegant resolution posted on the company's Web site.
When visiting certain Web sites, the browser's forward and backward navigation buttons will grey out, preventing the user from using them to navigate effectively.
Although no bug fix is yet available, a solution posted on Microsoft's Personal Support Centre suggests that users pull up the history list from Explorer's tool bar in order to go to previously visited pages.
The resolution document, at support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q229/6/84.asp gives no indication as to which particular sites are known to cause the problem, or any technical details which might explain the browser's unusual behaviour.
The bug only affects IE 5.0 for Windows 9x and NT 4.
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