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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The IE Factor [stopdesign.com], money paragraphs quoted here.

    Such is often the case when designing with CSS. When working with semi-complex layouts, I frequently encounter challenges that end up slowing me down. I’m getting familiar with these road blocks, and can often predict where I’ll find them. Having patience, or knowing what to try to get around them prevents head from going through monitor.

    Without a doubt, the biggest challenge I encounter each time is in wrangling Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. This devil does not play fair. It often follows no rules, and its behavior defies all common logic. It will double margins for no apparent reason. Borders disappear, 62 pixels magically turn into 143 pixels. It dodges left when other browsers go right. I’ve decided to call this phenomenon “the IE Factor”. (Those familiar with authoring DHTML four or five years ago already know where I’m headed with this.)

    • I know the feeling totally. IE is so variably buggy, yet so dominant in the market place. IE is probably the biggest impediment to clean modern web design. As Microsoft has officially stated that there will be no major change to IE until Longhorn, it looks like web design will be held back in the 1990s for another few years, or everyone will try a better browser - there are plenty to choose from...

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