CSS Parsing Bug

9th April 2007

Molly’s recent post Name Your Best IE 7 Bug Resources reminded me about a pretty obscure CSS parsing bug I found in IE 6. Since IE 7 is supposed to have fixed a number of issues with CSS parsing I thought I should probably check to see if the bug still existed there.

It does.

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Baseball International - GB vs Ireland

30th July 2006

Sunday 29th July 2006 saw Great Britain play a double header against Ireland at Finsbury Park cricket club — the first international baseball played in this country since 2002. These games were the conclusion of a three game series between the sides and were also notable for marking the retirement of long-time Great Britain catcher, and five baseball pundit Josh Chetwynd. GB won the first game of the day 6 to 5, but despite an impressive 2-out rally in the final inning of second game they lost that one with a reversal of the scoreline from the first game. Ireland took the series 2 - 1.

Here’s some photos of the action…

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moodlemoot 06

27th July 2006

I’ve just returned from two days at the MoodleMoot 2006 held at the Open University campus in Milton Keynes. In spite of the combination of sweltering heat and a lack of air conditioning (as well as having to stay in Milton Keynes ;-)) it turned out to be a terrific event.

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XMLHttpRequest and events

23rd June 2006

In the past I’ve mentioned my confusion about the differing behaviour of certain aspects of the oh-so-trendy XMLHttpRequest object, but now I have access to a couple of non-windows browsers for testing I thought I’d take a look to see how they handle it. Perhaps unsurprisingly they are also subtly different again from IE, Firefox and Opera. Is this what happens when browser makers have to reverse engineer someone else’s feature instead of working with documented standards?

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JavaScript Loop Test

3rd June 2006

Today I set out to answer the oh-so exciting question “What is the fastest way to create a loop in JavaScript?” After some tedious exhaustive, cross browser testing these are my results…

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JavaScript to Embed a Flash Movie

30th April 2006

With the recent changes to how Internet Explorer handles active content, such as Flash, there has been a lot of attention paid to various JavaScript solutions that allow you to continue to seamlessly embed this content into pages. Probably the most popular of which being the pretty neat FlashObject, uh, sorry thanks to Adobe that’s now SWFObject — well, what else would you expect from the people behind the guidelines on the Proper use of the Photoshop trademark. Neat as SWFObject is, one problem with scripts such as this is that they never seem to work in pages served using application/xhtml+xml. I needed a script that did, so here it is.

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Slidey Blocks

30th March 2006

While searching through some files I stumbled across this game that was part of my old site. I think the original version must’ve been written back in the days of Flash 5. Much to my surprise (and very unlike most of the Flash games I ever made) I found it almost manages to be fun to play.

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A run-in with bad browser support

27th March 2006

There are a couple of lesser known CSS display properties, run-in and compact that while probably not the most exciting (or useful) parts of the CSS specifications do still look fairly interesting. Recently I have found a couple of places where the use of run-in or compact would’ve been neater than the workaround solutions I ended up with.

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CSS Inspector (again)

25th March 2006

Since I last posted about it my CSS Inspector User JavaScript/Greasemonkey script has undergone a few little tweaks and changes.

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PHP: UTF-16 to UTF-8

16th March 2006

Recently I’ve been doing some work on a PHP script that has to process a bunch of XML files (in this case they’re imsmanifest files) however a few of them weren’t being parsed successfully.

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Opera CSS Fixes

11th March 2006

I just downloaded the lastest Opera weekly (build 8265) to checkout the new acid 2 fixes. Aside from being the first Windows browser to pass Acid2 I was very pleased to see they’ve also made good progress on sorting out the box model for textareas. In the past Opera appeared to include borders and padding within the width and height of the textarea, but not anymore. This fix along with some fixes for offsetWidthLeft and offsetHeightTop means my resizable textareas now look and work as intended. Nice.

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Today Is…

16th February 2006

A little site I worked on with James from Drunkfoundation. todayis is a simple concept. We figure everyone always wants something at some time and thought it might be interesting to show all those little wants on a site. You are welcome to post whatever you want, it’s totally anonymous. No information is recorded other than what you type in the two boxes.

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Web Statistics

30th January 2006

Since Google just published their Web Authoring Statistics I thought I’d look back my findings from a few years ago when I looked at markup validity and usage of things like Flash and JavaScript in a small (very small compared to Google’s dataset) random sample of pages. The results — which utilise such complex analytical techniques as adding up numbers and drawing bar charts — are presented here.

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Iceland 2006

28th January 2006

Some holiday snaps from a long weekend in and around Reykjavík. It’s a great city and a stunningly beautiful country that my decidedly amateur photography does very little justice to. It’s just a shame that while we were there we didn’t get to see the northern lights – I guess that’s a good excuse to go back there.

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I Like Lists

29th December 2005

It’s just about the end of the year, so like almost everyone else I can’t resist the urge to create a list of some of records I liked from the previous 12 months. I’m sure the people who made them will feel validated by my endorsement of their work.

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