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20 Feb 2005

I HATE Internet Explorer

Filed under: This website — paulcook @ 4:17 pm

Those of you who have trawled through the home page of this website will know that I mention that this site looks best in anything other than Internet Explorer. Up to now, all that meant is that my pop-up backgrounds under the links at the top of the page popped-up a lot more slowly for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), but they did eventually work (which, I might add, took a lot of effort, thanks to IE’s really bad implementation of CSS standards).

Now I’ve started adding a button to the top right of the image at the top of the page, as well as a page title “Langabi.name”, on another light green background that blends in to the image. Clearly, blending in to the image requires variable transparency (or, in jargon, an alpha channel). My previous blended background, behind the menu bar, was added to each image seperately, but this time I wanted to do things a little better. So I fired up Jasc’s Paint Shop Pro, and created the images as PNG’s, which support alpha channels, and provide great compression. Piece of cake, open it up in Mozilla’s Firefox, looks great, smooth functionality.

But not in IE.

Those of you who are using IE will notice just a huge light green blob across the top of the image. That’s because, alone amongst the whole world, IE does NOT support alpha channels in PNGs. That’s right, no variable transparency. So after all that, if I want IE support I’m going to have to manually edit each of my page top images, and add that colour blend in.

Moral of the story? If you’re using IE, get Firefox.

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  1. Get Firefox *OR* Opera

    BTW, is there any way for you to allow comment previews, Paul? Every program handles tags differently, thus I don’t know if the above link to the Opera website will work. (In the event that the link *doesn’t* work, it’s simply http://www.opera.com)

    Comment by Adam — 20 Feb 2005 @ 11:12 pm

  2. Oh wow! See what I mean. It turned almost my whole comment into a link, which was not the intended result. Although it makes it very easy for you to go to the Opera webpage, which certainly isn’t a bad thing in my book.

    Comment by Adam — 20 Feb 2005 @ 11:14 pm

  3. As you can see, I’ve taken the liberty of unlinking your entire post. It needed to have a </a> tag to end the link.

    I’m not aware of any comment preview feature, though it’s a nice idea! On the topic of Opera, it sounds like a great browser by all accounts — just a pity it costs! I know that Firefox will display this particular site though, as that’s what I develop for.

    Comment by paulcook — 21 Feb 2005 @ 12:19 am

  4. So, the reason that I didn’t include the closing </a> tag is that I figured the comments engine might be using a one-tag version of links, due to the presence of a “title” option in the tag. I believe that slashdot has a “url” tag that handles everything.

    As for Opera, you don’t have to pay for it. It’s kind of like shareware – if you like it, you can buy a copy to support further development and add a couple of features (or more specifically, remove the banner add at the top). Go to “Downloads” on the top menu bar of http://www.opera.com. I’ve been using the free version for about 2 years now and really like the interface, much more than Firefox’s interface.

    Comment by Adam — 21 Feb 2005 @ 2:50 am

  5. I’ve got a live preview plugin in action at sprachwaffe. It’s short and sweet; there’s also a more robust one floating around that I haven’t used. Both can be found at http://www.wp-plugins.org/

    Neither of these plugins is completely robust; they don’t take into account any filters you might have on your comments (e.g. some other plugin of yours filters submitted comments for something like smilies). A non-live plugin could be fairly easily written, but I don’t know of any that are currently available (which doesn’t mean much). A truly robust live preview plugin would be really hard. It would have to parse which PHP functions are being used to filter comments (not hard) then convert them into javascript functions (seems hard – may be easy with http://pear.php.net/package/HTML_Javascript )

    Comment by MDA — 27 Feb 2005 @ 2:49 am

  6. Thanks a ton, MDA! As you can see below, this site now features live, real-time comment previews! Woot!

    So, Adam, no more excuses… :)

    Comment by paulcook — 27 Feb 2005 @ 3:21 pm

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