Annoying Computer Message

“ASSERT: node must have _DOMElement set.”

What the heck does this message mean and how can I get rid of it?

Running Windows Vista Home on a Dell 1501 laptop as follows:
42 Gig Drive space
2 Gig ram
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
1.80 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core TK-55

Recompile the offending code without the debug flag.

Did UncleRojelio’s comment help? You gave no indication of what you were doing that led to the message…

At any rate, not being a Windows user and being very much underinformed by you, I’d point out that DOM is an acronym for “Document Object Model” that is associated with the structure of…ummm…documents (e.g., HTML, XML, etc. files), organized hierarchically using “nodes”. And “ASSERT” refers to a programming technique that leads to a program failing quickly and cleanly when a specific condition is encountered (which is good). I have to assume you’re not a programmer, or you’d likely know this already…

Left to guess, I’d say that you’re accessing a misconfigured webpage. Of course, it could be myriad other things…

If this happens when you’re browsing a web page, you probably want to configure your browser to not pop up errors when scripts have errors. Most browsers don’t do that anyway, but Internet Explorer can (though I don’t think it does so by default). Look in the IE preferences window for something like “alert on script errors” and disable it if it’s on.

On the other hand, if it’s exactly that error all the time, it’s probably due to you using a specifically misbehaving web page (or something similar, like a windows help file or something that incorporates a web browser). In that case, “don’t do that”.

As others upthread have suggested, the “ASSERT” piece indicates that you’ve hit a bug in whatever software you’re using that shows that message – you’re likely doing something they didn’t plan for, which equals a bug in their programming.

Depending on the company that makes the software, they may appreciate you filing a bug report or reporting it to their support folks.

Thanks all. After tinkering with that, downloading this, etc. the message has disappeared. I appreciate the help!

This is a firefox bug, related to bookmarks: