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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