Getting a head start on IE7

With all the posts starting to pop up about IE7 being layout complete and waving the starting flag that it’s okay to start testing, I downloaded it from MSDN yesterday and took it for a spin. I found some good instructions for how to run IE7 on the same machine as IE6. I can’t run them at the same time since when IE7 is loaded, it uses a registry entry which causes IE6 to open URL’s in my default browser, which is Firefox. The instructions include a batch file for creating and cleaning this up when you run IE7.

I went to a handful of sites and assuming you have a standards-based site using CSS for presentation, I think the biggest problem most of you are going to face is with clearing floats. At least it will for me. I’ve made a lot of use of the easy clearing method and this won’t work in a lot of cases for IE7. Maybe if I wait long enough it will get updated so I can keep using it. I haven’t yet tried this update to that method yet.

My initial efforts

I just finished fixing up the first site I think I ever did without using tables. The Bailey Foundation site had some issues with a few floats in IE7. I added a few empty markup elements and a couple of “zoom:1;” attributes to the CSS in a few places to make IE7 happy. I then had to deal with some things that broke in IE6, which then broke things in Firefox. I seem to have gotten it all balanced out though. After that I checked things out in Safari and it seemed good, too.

On my own site, the main two issues I found where that the nav area wasn’t clearing the floated elements in the nav bar and I had the same problem on my portfolio page with the body. Adding a few

empty tags to the markup fixed both issues, but I consider it just a quick fix since I don’t like to add the extra markup.

What did I learn?

For sites I do from here on out and most likely with others I fix, I think the safest route will be to use IE’s conditional comments to load in browser specific css files like this:

-[if lt IE 7]>

At least we have something to test with now.

SXSW 2006 Recap

SXSW was awesome and I can’t imagine it being any better, which exceptions noted below…

I didn’t bother with day-to-day updates. There are plenty of those to go around. While I do have some pics, you’ll find a whole lot of those on Flickr.

For me, it was about getting the chance to meet and hang out with a lot of people I’ve followed for a while online and have a great deal of admiration for. If you are in web design or web development at all, you should attempt to make it next year.

The key to having the best time at SXSW is to be social. While there are a few great panels, most could be better. It’s at the parties and social events and bars where you’ll get the most out of the entire experience.

The exception mentioned above was my night out with Garrett Dimon, Dan Rubin and Matthew Oliphant who’s evening just went from about as good as it could get, to almost as bad as it could. Check out his recap of the evening.

Regardless, it was an incredible time. I’m now energized to get back to work and looking forward to SXSW 2007 already.

Departing for my first SXSW

Later today, I’ll be headed down for SXSW Interactive. From what I hear I expect it to be a blast. I hope to see a lot of people, learn a lot of things, drink a lot of beer and mostly have fun.

Yahoo! releases their UI Library

I’m just beginning to dive into this, but it’s got me excited. They’ve got two versions of each source file, a build one with all the comments and a src which is already compressed for you.

Having worked for a while with Prototype and I’m curious to see how they compare. Seems like provides a lot of whiz bang effects the Yahoo library doesn’t have, but you do have all of these:

  • animation
  • calendar (not sure if there’s a dropdown version)
  • connection (ajax stuff)
  • dom
  • dragdrop
  • event
  • slider
  • treeview (particularly cool)

My biggest issue about it so far is that you’d have to type the namespace of YAHOO about a zillion times. Typing

is a lot more typing than prototype’s terse

Four things…

I’ve been tagged by Stephen P. Anderson so here it goes…

Four jobs I’ve had in my life:

  • Lawn mower
  • Comic book writer
  • Co-owner of Necronomi-Concepts (model kits)
  • Programmer

Four movies I can watch over and over:

Four places I have lived:

  • Longview, TX
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Wayne, PA
  • Frisco, TX

Four TV shows I love to watch:

Four places I have been on vacation:

  • New York, NY
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • London, England
  • Hawaii

Four websites I visit daily:

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Sour cream chicken enchiladas
  • Mac & cheese
  • Ramen noodles
  • Guiness

Four places I would rather be right now:

  • A beach on a tropical island
  • Drinking with friends
  • Playing video games
  • Enjoying life

End of the tag line:

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