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April 30, 2006
"People who enjoy eating sausage and obeying the law should not watch either being made" - Otto von Bismarck
Right now visitors to the Quixtar BLOG are getting to see a bit of Web sausage being made. The site redesign is nearly complete but some issues still remain and rather than roll back to the old template I'm moving forward and fixing things on the live site.
I'm going to be honest, this is very frustrating for me. I absolutely hate that things aren't displaying as I want them to and I'm working with the template coders to get this fixed as quickly as possible (I'll tell you more about them later - I hope). So I'm putting my frustration aside and will get back to the regular posting schedule that many of you have become so familiar with over the past months.
But first, I'll explain what's yet to be completed so you'll know what's been identified as a problem and what will be fixed over the next few days. Much of the changes and tweaks are based on your feedback so I appreciate that input.
The Blog Ad in the right rail will be centered and not break the template Done!
A leaderboard sized Google Ad will be placed at the top of the page where you are now seeing a broken page or a blank space, depending on your browser Done!
The right rail content is currently displaying at the bottom of the page in Internet Explorer (the worst browser in the world) and this will be fixed Done!
The size of the text will be larger Done! Comments are currently separated by a horizontal rule and some similar separation method will be employed Done!
That's pretty much it. Again, thanks for your patience. When all this is done it will be worth the hassle.
UPDATE: Big Announcement delayed until Tuesday night.
Good job on the improvements so far.
My main question is: What makes internet explorer the worst browser in the world?
Ask Bill Gates.
Seriously, it's not standards compliant at all. Here's one great example:
Every modern browser in the world natively supports png transparency but not IE. Oh no. To get a transparent png I must include an elaborate hack. How fun. Thanks IE.
All right, I have no clue what a png is.
Rara and others, I'm a developer and I have to make sure my web sites work on all browsers. IE is biggest pain in the diamond coz it doesn't follow standards.
Standards are for browsers by w3c so web pages look same in all browsers. And developers work on ONE language.
E.G to code in dot net, a form elemnt HTML should be like
in other browsers
The biggest antri-trust lawsuits are paid by Microsoft, for a good reason.
Vive la Firefox! And I am not even French... :-)
Great job the improvements, QBlog!
On Internet Explorer:
It just does many things wrong. If you want some examples of the things that web developers have to put up with on a regular basis just to make layouts work in every browser including IE look here - http://positioniseverything.net/explorer.html
BTW rara, PNG is a type of graphics format, it stands for Portable Networks Graphic. It is the vastly superior replacement to GIF (Graphics Interchange Format).
Apart from better compression one of the cool features it supports is 'alpha transparency' which means you can make images semi-transparent.
GIF images only support something called 'index transparency' which means you can make one colour disappear completely but that's it.
(This makes it difficult to put cut out images on top of other images or the wrong colour background)
Internet Explorer 7 will support PNG Transparency. (Without having to use any proprietary hacks)
You missed your deadline for the big announcements. I'm on the edge of my seat.
Regarding Quixtar Blog News and Ty's hunger:
I know that the News section relies on a little piece of computer code that collects all the feeds and serves up the info for the hungry...the same piece of code usually works on my blog as well for providing updates to Comedy This Exit and Skyler's Gravel Road.
Right now, it seems that "the cook" is sick.
Big announcement......I share Ty's passion. Tonight, right? few more hours.
PS: I hope not....but QBlog may annouce his retirement from Blogging, or 'QBloging'. Negative thinking.
Or ..he's moving to Canada. Positive thinking.