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Q1424 Why won't Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 show the a message in the status bar when using onMouseOver?

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It's a bug in Internet Explorer 5. To workaround include a delay:

<script language="JavaScript"><!--
function showStatus(text) {
    window.setTimeout('window.status="' + text + '"', 1);
<a href="somewhere.htm" onMouseOver="showStatus('status message');return true" onMouseOut="window.status='';return true">link text</a>

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