[Update 2012.06.20] Yes, it’s been almost three years. It occurred to me some time ago that this sort of thing would be pretty simple with iframes. While it doesn’t explain why Google would allow or even desire something like this, it really makes me feel silly about all the time I spent making these screenshots.
The other day I created a grocery list in Google’s Tasks as it appears inside Gmail. I resized my browser window briefly and discovered what I thought was a Firefox 3.5 bug — The tasks pane rendering above the horizontal scrollbar:
Before asking anyone about it, I decided to check if the same phenomenon occurs in other browsers. My research:
I thought, maybe this is a Mac OS X issue. I booted into Windows and fired up IE8:
Then I wondered, would Google let this slip through in Chrome, too?
Finally I booted back into Mac OS X and loaded up Gmail in Opera:
I’m not sure what to conclude about all this. Is this a bug from which all major browsers suffer? I can hardly believe the functionality got into all these browsers accidentally. So is it a Gmail bug? It does get in the way of the horizontal scrollbar. I guess the moral of the story is this: When viewing Gmail with Tasks, don’t make your browser window too narrow.