Daily Archives: Wednesday, 28th Sep 2011

The New Look: a bit of IE bashing

Having activated that new design recently, and not having had a lot of feedback so far, I took the opportunity at work to see how things looked in a couple of versions of Internet Explorer. IE9 on Windows 7, apart from still not understanding how to draw rounded corners[1], looked just as I hoped. But IE8, which is the last version available to anyone using Windows XP, looked a wee bit odd:

Strange lines

Strange lines

What were those things that looked like big square brackets? Why did the comments thingy have lines above and below it?

Well, a bit of lunchtime research[2] gave me the cause, and a solution. While the theme that underlies my new look does the sensible thing and includes the magic JavaScript that convinces older versions of IE that some new HTML5 elements exist, the outline CSS doesn’t do anything with them.

My problem was that I’m using a nicely semantic


tag to wrap each post, and I’d defined a border around that. All that was needed was to tell IE that this should be a block-level element with a wee bit of CSS:

article {display: block;}

and things immediately improved. Just need to find something that’s still running IE7 to see how that likes it. IE6 may (as always) be more of a problem, but I may do something slightly different for that…

[1] Yes, I know there are complicated ways of making this happen, but I’m not going to do anything that messy, thanks
[2] In an actual book in Waterstone’s. I was so pleased to find what I was looking for so quickly that I bought it there rather than buying it online for less money later.

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 September 2011

Bother, up again today. I blame the lack of walking for this. I would have walked in today, as the weather has taken a surprising turn for the better – clear sky, warmer than it’s been in ages, and so on – but I needed to get in early due to a slight lack of staff, so I had to get the bus. Bother.

Here’s a picture of the reconstructed gate at Arbeia Roman fort in South Shields

Arbeia - Reconstructed Gate

Arbeia - Reconstructed Gate

Doctor Who Confidential Cancelled

Hold on, now, don’t get too excited – that’s Doctor Who Confidential, the BBC3 behind the scenes thingy, not actual Doctor Who we’re talking about, but it’s still not a Good Thing at all.

While sometimes it struggles a bit to fit in 45 minutes of relevant background on the associated episode, I’d rather see it trimmed down to 30 minutes, or even less, than removed altogether. But the BBC needs to make cuts, and the BBC Controller wants to focus the budget on other time slots.

As with the soundly defeated plan to remove 6Music, the internet is rising up in revolt against this latest bit of badness. There’s a petition, which has picked up a couple of thousand names in not much over an hour, and lots of muttering and such on all the usual places like Twitter and Farcebook.


Guardian report