Richard York

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Satan Needs a New Winter Coat

March 4, 2008 by Richard

Temperatures plummeted to new record lows in hell today on the recent news of an about-face to IE8's standards mode default.  If you haven't been living under a rock, I'm talking about the recent news that IE8 will, in fact, by default, act like IE8.

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Why I don't bother with em units anymore

March 3, 2008 by Richard

I used to think that "em" units were the bee's knees.  The cat's meow.  The way it should be done.

Then I encountered weird bugs and design glitches and spent hours trying to figure out how to fix them. IE 5.5 was a real bear to whip into submission. IE 6.0 has some trouble with em units too.

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Curses, foiled again!

February 8, 2008 by Richard

I've come, I've saw, I've done battle with the big blue "e"!  Curse you Internet Explorer!  Were you real, we'd have hunted you down and strung you from the gallows like the dog you are!

I will make you my bitch, if it's the last thing I do!

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I Heart Webkit

February 8, 2008 by Richard

Let's all have a love-in for Webkit, the first browser to officially support the new W3C Selectors API.

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Yes, you too can make IE your bitch, if you're determined and crass enough.

Throw your sensibilities about logic and standards out the window, because you don't need them here.

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Kudos to the IE team for making the HTML5 DOCTYPE invoke "super, super" standards mode without the <meta /> element.  Still unknown are the XML and XHTML MIME types, one can only assume those trigger super standards mode too.

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HTML 5 DOCTYPE

January 25, 2008 by Richard

So it turns out that IE8 will trigger "IE8 Standards Mode" for at least the HTML 5 DOCTYPE, and according to Chris Wilson "any unknown DOCTYPE".

This makes the proposal of the <meta /> element a little more palatable, but I still feel it isn't enough. 

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