Monday, April 28, 2008

Solving Wall Street Journal's cookie bug

The Wall Street Journal programming staff appears incapable of doing simple javascript error checking. Periodically a cookie will expire and you will be directed to "http://wsj.comnull/". I've notified their tech support people but was sent the standard lowest common denominator stock answer. This shouldn't be a problem for professional web developers. The solution means having to reenter your login and password, so hopefully you remember what it is. Here's how you fix their bug.
In Firefox, go to tools -> options. Then hit the Show Cookies button. Scroll through the list and find, then hit the Remove Cookie button. Now you should be able to navigate to

Edit: I just noticed an Ars Technica thread about this very problem. For whatever reason they weren't able to fix it. The bug has existed for eight years.