Good morning Rob,
I have just seen your reply. Incidentally, I saw it while browsing another
and then came back here to find it.
Using Google.ca do a Google "web" search for "dawkins." (He's the recently
retired British scientist who wants to have the Pope arrested.)
Scroll down to the bottom of the results page to Video results for
"dawkins." (inverted commas mine)
See that there are 4 video hits listed at www.youtube.com
On my computer in IE8, the video icons associated with these 4 hits show
only a blank empty video player frame alongside the text description. No
image or video thumbnails inside the frame.
Now scroll up to the top of the Results page, click on Images instead of
Immediately click on Web again and then scroll down to review the previous
hits in Video results for "dawkins."
In my IE8 browser, the 4 video hits will NOW display the image or video
thumbnails inside the 4 video frames alongside the text description.
Why do these thumbnail images (if that is the correct description for them)
not show up when the Video results for "dawkins" is viewed the very first
time while doing a Google.ca web search? Why does it take a Google.ca video
or image search to cause the images to appear in the search results?
Thanks for trying to assist me with this inquiry.
Surrey, BC, Canada.
"Robert Aldwinckle" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> "Richard Roseweir" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> Am using WinXPsp3 and IE8.
>> When conducting a Google Web search in IE8 (as opposed to Image or Video
>> search) the displayed results will sometimes include Image and/or Video
>> The problem is that in these lists the "thumbnail images" or the
>> "thumbnail video image" do not appear in the description. Rather, there
>> is simply an empty box where the thumbnail should be.
> An example could help. FWIW I'm served by a Canadian ISP so I would
> probably see whatever it is that you are referring to. Provided the HTML
> is intact and it is just a question of an image not showing my guess would
> be that Google now knows that IE8 is more particular about what it will
> render. E.g. if by "empty box" you were instead describing a Red-X image
> placeholder you could use IE8's Developer Tools Image Report (F12,
> Alt-I,R) to see that the Red-X was called by it a "broken image" (with no
> further information about what made it "broken".)
> In fact, you could also use IE8's Developer Tools Find tool (F12, Ctrl-b)
> to see exactly what the HTML being generated is and then find the
> equivalent HTML in your other browsers to see if they are all being given
> the same specifications. Also, if different browsers are being given
> different HTML you could try using the UAPick tool to try spoofing a
> different browser connecting when you used IE8. Etc.
>> If I redo the same search in either Google Image or Google Video, then
>> these same results will display again and the thumbnails will be
>> Is there a setting where I can turn on these thumbnail images in Google
>> Web search? Perhaps to get images from the website rather than the cache
>> (???) Maybe enable compatibility view for all websites (???) but I am
>> just guessing.
> Exactly. Get some facts and then you/we can analyse them rather than
> speculate. ; }
> Robert Aldwinckle