January 29, 2007

Tragedy of the masses

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 2:55 am

As much as I hate Internet Explorer, it’s just not possible for me (or any other web-designer) to completely ignore it. Inspirated used to render perfectly in Firefox and passed W3C’s XHTML & CSS validators without any errors or warnings. However, one of my MSN contacts pointed out that the layout was badly broken in Internet Explorer. After Googling for the cause of a problem, I discovered that IE 6 couldn’t properly handle floated divs without some CSS hacks. Consequentially, peculiar display errors were present on my site e.g. a page showing everything nicely until it was scrolled, making all the boxes disappear.

After editing the style sheet and making few other changes in the page layout, the site is now rendered in IE as expected. Though I still can’t get over the fact that I wasted two whole hours on fixing something that wasn’t broken in the first place. Even worse, I had to do it only because something that I dearly despise is quite popular among the masses.

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  1. Yes!! I agree with the browser problems!! Back when I bothered making my own page with CSS positioning, it was hell trying to cater to Firefox… a lot of stuff didn’t seem to work at all. T___T

    Comment by riyunoa — January 29, 2007 @ 5:21 am


    IE sux bigtime. Microsoft’s monopoly is slowing technological progress.

    Comment by Salman — January 29, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

  3. I wouldn’t say I’m impressed with any of the browsers out there. Everyone has its problems. Make no mistakes, Firefox (or Opera) is way better than IE.

    At my workplace everytime I try to go to to a link there is about a 10-20% chance that I will instantly get a bad link error using IE6. Refreshing solves the problem but it’s very annoying. Though, I suspect it has something to do with firewall in the router. Haven’t used IE7 much.

    Anyway, when using firefox it locks up whenever I open a pdf file in the browser. Works okay when the pdf file loads up. I don’t know if it’s a problem with Adobe Reader (v8) or it’s inherent in firefox. Definitely very annoying. I use Opera to get around it.

    Opera is the browser of choice whenever I need to do some downloading. Firefox, sadly, hasn’t got a good download manager and has issues with resuming unfinished downloads. There are a few download managers available as add-ons (ins?) but I don’t know if they’re any good.

    Firefox seems to be leading the way as far as security is concerned.

    Comment by Attique — September 18, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

  4. I don’t know much about Adobe crashing on PDF loads as I usually download the files and view them with one of the minimalist viewers around (Adobe Reader is bloated like hell). Firefox does have a *very* helpful extension for downloading, which is known as “DownThemAll”. Quite simply, with DownThemAll, Firefox is perfection :-P . Do try it as soon as you get a chance.

    Comment by krkhan — September 18, 2007 @ 6:44 pm

  5. Thanks for the pointer. I’ve downloaded it but it’ll be some time after I can say anything useful about it :)

    Comment by Attique — September 20, 2007 @ 8:57 am

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