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"Error on page" simply indicates that the HTML or other code on a web page is incorrect. Unfortunately, there are several possible causes.
On some websites, occasionally including my online bank sites, the IRS, etc. etc., I sometimes get the message "Error on page," and the links don't work. What causes this message to appear and is there anything I can do to avoid it? I assume that the problem is with the site and not my computer, which makes me think I can't do much, but I thought I'd ask. It's very inconvenient. I use Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8.
Taken quite literally, "Error on page" means exactly that: there's an error of some sort on the web page that is being displayed in your browser.
There are three common reasons why this message can appear.
With two, you can try to do something about, but with the other, you can't.
Web pages are written in what boils down to one or more programming languages.†
HTML - HyperText Markup Language - is the fundamental language used to code web pages. It defines things like paragraphs, bold, italics and other characteristics of page layout.
Like any programming language, it's possible for the humans writing the programs or pages to make mistakes.
If that's the case, there's nothing that you can do, other than let the website owner know.
This is probably the more common reason for "Error on page".
That's just a fancy way to say "broken".
If not all of the files required or referenced by a web page are completely downloaded, it's often the case that "Error on page" is the result.
This is one that you can sometimes resolve yourself.
Hit Refresh. This is often the F5 key in your browser.
The browser will then attempt to re-download all of the files required by the current page.
If it still fails, you might also try clearing your browser cache as sometimes files can get "stuck" in your cache, even broken files that can result in "Error on page". After doing so, hit Refresh and see if the problem resolves itself.
Many browser add-ons will attempt to modify the code that's displayed when you view a web page. For example, when you install Skype, it installs a small add-on in some browsers that examines the web page that you're looking at and turns anything that looks like a phone number into a clickable link to make a Skype phone call on-the-fly.
I've not had an error with Skype's add-on, but I simply use it as a common and simple example.
Other add-ons can cause problems at times. By inserting something into the code, add-ons can sometimes compromise a web page and make it syntactically incorrect.
You remember: that means broken.
And "Error on page" can be the result.
This is easy to test for. If, like the previous exercise, reloading the web page didn't clear up the error, try disabling all add-ons or running without add-ons and seeing if the problem goes away. If it does, re-enable the add-ons until the problem reappears, and then you'll know who the culprit is.
† I know that some disagree with me, but fundamentally, I consider HTML to be a programming language in its own right.
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