IE9 Bugs With Google Maps Embeds

Mar 29, 2011 • 8:24 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps

Google Maps Internet Explorer 9There are several complaints in a Google Maps Help forum that the new Internet Explorer 9 does not work on all Google Maps found embedded on web sites.

As you know, many site owners use Google Maps directly on their sites.

And if someone is using Internet Explorer 9, the user may get a weird error when trying to load the page.

The errors may read:

SCRIPT5022: DOM Exception: INVALID_CHARACTER_ERR (5) main.js, line 385 character 152.

Google is now aware of the issue. Brian from Google said:

Apologies for being a little tardy hopping into this thread and for the inconvenience this error is causing. I wanted to let you all know that I've escalated the IE 9 issue and the team is looking into it. I appreciate your continued patience. When I have the latest information, I'll make sure to post it here.

There is no ETA for a fix and I am not sure if it impacts all embed codes and all IE9 users but it does seem to be a problem for many.

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.

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03/29/2011 01:07 pm

I noticed this problem last week with an embedded Google map on one of my web sites. It wasn't just with IE9, either, it was with all version of IE. I tried putting the newer version in "Compatibility" mode and some other workarounds to no avail. Finally, I took the XML data feeding my map and wrote a piece to detect what browser the visitor is using. If it's IE they get a list of locations, if it's anything else they get the Google map with markers showing locations.

Chris Wong

07/07/2011 02:17 am

This is exactly why I don't use Internet Explorer.

Kir Talmage

07/08/2012 04:30 pm

I'm finding that embedded google calendars (via iframe using google's instructions ) also do not appear in IE9 (for some sites that I manage). I am exploring whether adjusting doctypes or rendering meta tags (to match what the calendar src page has) will help.... UGH. (I personally only use IE-whatevers to test sites, but our visitors / customers / citizen scientists often have it. SIGH)

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