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VFS visa form error: Cast from string "undefined / undefined / undefined" to type 'Date' is not valid.

Submitted by Karthik on 15 January, 2008 - 03:49

The U.S VFS visa application site for India is a wonderful example of how not to design a website. However, rather than ranting, let me cut to the chase ...

If you received the error message Cast from string "undefined/undefined/undefined" to type 'Date' is not valid. while filling in the visa form, it's not your fault. You are probably using Firefox (very likely on Linux). The following are a few recommendations that will help you in filling in the form (in its present state):


    The name of this class conflicts with the name of another class that was loaded

    Submitted by Karthik on 22 February, 2006 - 03:11

    Just had this happen (without any valid reason) in F8 with all files on a network server. The fix, atleast in my case, was to make sure that the network server's date/time settings are not ahead of your box :o Like seriously.. this is one inane error!

    It was purely by accident that I noticed that the file timestamps were ahead by a couple of minutes (as was the server) ... *sheesh*


    Code 4 Bill?

    Submitted by Karthik on 10 December, 2005 - 08:16

    Bill Gates, in a speech in Bangalore, announced a talent search contest - 1337ly titled 'Code 4 Bill' - to recruit the best India has on offer. The contest is scheduled to commence in January and will feature eight stages that will include technical and analytical tests along with face-to-face interviews. The winners (20 of them) get to intern at Microsoft India and eventually get assimilated by Microsoft Redmond.

    Full story: Times of India.

    Flash and JAWS/Accessibility

    Submitted by Karthik on 9 December, 2005 - 19:02

    Getting Flash to be MSAA accessible is a chore in itself. And if you are converting a poorly written app to be accessible, welcome to hell :/

    For my own reference, and due to the lack of any practical documentation on the net, here are a few things to keep in mind. Also, these were primarily tested with JAWS, a popular MSAA compliant screen reader. I'm just extemporising here, so feel free to correct any errors or recommend stuff I've left out (by adding a comment) and I'll edit it in..

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