View Full Version : Window XP service pack 2 prompts active content warning block

10-31-2004, 01:16 PM
Shortly after I installed Window XP service pack II, it appears external JavaScript files are blocked by default, creating extra hoops my visitors will have endure to get the ExRx.net calculators to work. I also fear the warning windows now displayed when JavaScript is blocked, may prompt my visitors to suspect our site is attempting to run some malicious code on their machines.

It seemed after I added ExRx.net to to my trusted sites list the problem disappeared on my own machine, but I may have made other changes so I tried to clarify that this was the step to take so I could instruct my visitors to do the same.

I searched the Microsoft site and found this article:


Unfortunately it did not specifically mention external JavaScript files. To test my theory I removed exrx.net from my trusted sites but I can not get the warnings to come back as they originally did.

Here are my calculators: http://www.exrx.net/Calculators.html
Most of thes javascript fitness calculators use external js files, only a few have the javascript code within the html file. This page actually has a "jump to" menu that also triggered the service pack 2 warning block.

Are the warnings on machines with Windows XP service pack 2 installed due to the external scripts or some other component within the html or javascript?

Is there anything I may have done to omit these warnings other than temporarily placing ExRx.net in my trusted sites list?

What other solutions do I have so the blocked active content warning does not appear for visitors who have installed service pack 2?

James Griffing

11-01-2004, 12:45 AM
External JavaScripts when viewed online shouldn't trigger any warnings from XP SP2. The only time I'm aware any limitation is put on JavaScript is when you view a webpage with it offline in IE and Win XP SP2.

11-01-2004, 05:13 AM
Yes I noticed it warns me also when viewing file from my harddrive. So what was causing the Active Content Warning on these pages when viewed on a machine with Window XP SP2 installed and viewed online, if not the external js? Was it just my computer or is it in all my code?

Here is a sample page for those who have SP2 installed:

Here is the script: