Archive for May, 2007

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IE min-height issue solved

May 24, 2007

I’m revamping one of my client’s websites, and had an issue with a banner bar (with graphics and text of various sizes and length) that rendered badly in IE6. Among other CSS standards, IE6 doesn’t recognize the min-height attribute. It’s been the last thing for me to figure out before completing this job, and I’ve put it off until today. I tried a couple of things, then went out Googling and found some reasonably convoluted solutions and hacks. Then I found Phil Ledgerwood’s blog (Update 7 Sept 2008: His blog appears to be offline…) where he offers the quickest, most practical solution. It was all sorted in about 1 minute flat!

In case his blog post ever goes missing, here’s the solution:

If you use an underscore in front of normal CSS properties, IE will process them, but other browsers will not. In practice, this allows you to specify “alternate IE settings” for virtually any CSS property. This is known as the Underscore Hack.

So, to set a minimum height, first use the actual property:

min-height: 300px

then use the underscore hack to set the height property.

_height: 300px

All browsers but IE will ignore the hacked property, and since IE effectively treats height as min-height, you’ll get the effect that you want in all browsers.

Thanks Phil!

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Call Center Movie

May 7, 2007

A hilarious 12 minute movie/spoof on the outsourcing of customer call centers to places like India. Well worth a look – make sure you have sound turned on: http://www.callcentermovie.com/movie/movie2.html

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Twitter? Twaddle!

May 5, 2007

A friend in Connecticut sent me a link to this article on Twitter today. I have to say I agree! I can ‘get’ websites, blogs, instant messaging (IM), but I just don’t ‘get’ Twitter. Like, what’s the point?

I particularly liked these sentences:

“There’s no blaming Generation Y for that. Blame their parents, those touchy-feely post boomers who piled on the praise and positive reinforcement, lest they bruise little Dylan or Madison’s budding self esteem. It’s Mom and Dad who awarded gold stars and iMacs every time their precious progeny engaged in the most mundane of child development.”

I’m going to let Twitter pass me by… which just confirms that I must be getting old and grumpy! *grin*

Update: December 2007: Well, it’s not just me! Pamela Slim, over at Escape from Cubicle Nation doesn’t see the point either. I’m in good company. I’m also not convinced about the value of the Facebook’s “What are you doing now?” status thing. I only joined Facebook to play Scrabble with a friend, and haven’t got in to *why* I should use the stuff that’s there to broadcast my every moment. Both also assume I’m online every waking moment, and I’m not.