Updated: If you use Movable Type in Firefox, BEWARE of Abbeyphone!

There's this voice over Web platform called Abbeyphone that, in the wrong set of circumstances, has potential to create havoc for some bloggers who use Movable Type via Firefox.I know this because I've had problems on a couple of blog sites.

There's this voice over Web platform called Abbeyphone that, in the wrong set of circumstances, has potential to create havoc for some bloggers who use Movable Type via Firefox.

I know this because I've had problems on a couple of blog sites. Problems like, right-hand margins getting blown out, and distorting both the post and the page layout.

You never want that to happen, people.

First noticed this a couple of weeks ago when I was using Movable Type to author a blog post for another site.

The page got ruined, but only in Firefox.

Got with the tech and we found this code:

<div style="position: absolute; background-color: lightyellow; color: 
navy; z-index: 100; visibility: hidden" id="abbeyphone_numberTooltip" />


What seems to occur here is that his platform inserts itself into Movable Type pages that contain certain elements- such as a sequence of digits.

Abbeyphone, we think, then reads these digital sequences as a kind of a prompt to fire up the Abbeyphone dialer. Kind of the way Skype does. 

Dialer blows out the margins, creating mighty ugly page.

When we went to the source view and stripped the code, everything was cool. But then the code reinserted itself.

What's worse, this Abbeyphone thing seems kind of impervious to detection. You go into the Firefox subdirectories and you see no trace of this. And because most posts I write do not contain numerical sequences that could be misconstrued as phone numbers, problem happens rarely.

But it did happen again the other day. Here. This blog. In Movable Type and Firefox.

After an epithet, I merely copied by affected blog text into Notepad, then into IE and reposted.  It went away.

As I wish Abbeyphone would. At least the part that seems to be burrowing in to Movable Type via Firefox posts.

And yes, only in MT/Firefox. And no, I did not install this piece of crap. Seems like it traveled with the latest Firefox upgrade. 

Anyone else face this issue? If so, how did you deal with it?

Update: After I made this post, I received an email with removal instructions from Luca Filigheddu, CEO - ict operations for Abbeynet S.p.A.

Here's Luca's take:

If you previously installed the Abbeyphone Firefox Toolbar (or the Abbeyphone Deskbar Under windows), as you wrote, it reads any digital sequences as a kind of a prompt to fire up the Abbeyphone dialer (it should read ONLY  real phone numbers, but not always...).

Anyway, it's just a matter of the "rendering engine" under Firefox, no pages are really modified.  To deactivate it, if you have the latest version of the Firefox VoIP extension, just go to the main menù by clicking the Abbeyphone icon and click on the "Highlight numbers" menù item. It's active by default. This way numbers will be no more highlighted.
 
Thanks Luca, but I have a suggestion. Make Abbeyphone inactive by default in Firefox! And then provide clear instructions for enabling!