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Blog Note: More Site Updates
Thursday, 2005 January 20 - 11:48 pm
More updates, and notes about JavaScript, CSS, and Internet Explorer.

I've been doing some more tinkering with the site layout.

I have to say this to those of you using Internet Explorer: CUT IT OUT. Download Firefox, already. It's driving me nuts trying to get things to render properly for IE, particularly in Windows.

Not that the other browsers are perfect, though. Or maybe it's not the browser; maybe it's the CSS standard itself. The box model just doesn't behave logically. I keep expecting things to be neatly hierarchical, and they're not. CURSE YOU CSS PEOPLE. It's a good concept; why couldn't you just make it work correctly? Why do you have "padding-right", "right", and "margin-right" properties, when none of them behave as you'd expect them to? I'm tempted to go back to the old hack way of doing things, with tables and invisible spacer images and crap like that.

Okay, enough ranting.

One little nice trick I've been using more and more: using JavaScript to give back dynamic page source and to replace server-side includes. On this dot mac account, I don't get to run CGIs and I don't have much control over the server configuration. So I have to resort to tricks like this. (I know, I should get a "real" web host. I'll do that once people start paying me to write.) If you're trying to read this web page with JavaScript disabled, you're pretty much SOL. Sorry.
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