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Even more cow

I updated my layout to be even more cow-like. My girlfriend made me a cow-themed top banner which I think looks good enough to eat. I often wish I had any kind of graphic design skill, but I don't. Not nearly as good as her, anyways.

It's always so hard to find a good balance between leaving something readable, and making it look good and catch the eye and stand out in some way. As much of a geek as I am, even I will probably pass by a plain-looking site unless I know beforehand that there's something on it that's worth reading. Putting some effort into making your site look nice shows that you actually give a crap about the site, I think. And the more you give a crap about the site, the more likely there is going to be something worth reading on it.

Wordpress impressed me today. I remember a long time ago making a calendar (to list your post archives) was extremely painful. Now you can do it with a single get_calendar call, and it looks fine and works fine. I like relying on Wordpress for this kind of crap because chances are they already worked out what works in IE and what doesn't.

Which brings me to my next point.... dear God, IE sucks. If you're looking at this site in IE right now, and you're using a screen resolution 1024x768 or lower, you'll notice that my site is so wide that it forces a horizontal scrollbar. This isn't so in Firefox. In IE though, the existence of pre tags apparently causes everything to stretch, even when I indicate overflow:auto or overflow:scroll.

And IE interprets border: 1px transparent solid to mean border: 1px BLINDING_WHITE solid. It makes you cry, after a certain point. Also my top header image is a transparent png which looks like garbage in IE, but I'm not fixing it.

Whenever IE drives me into a murderous rage, I just pull up my site stats and suddenly everything seems right with the world:

Browser stats

December 03, 2006 @ 2:26 PM PST
Cateogory: Programming


Quoth Hussam on December 03, 2006 @ 6:26 PM PST

The 'homepage' of your website shows up with a horizontal scroll bar in Firefox too (Windows). Once you click on a topic and it takes you to the comments page, the scrollbar goes away. This behavior is common to both IE and Firefox. Although in IE, the website is ridicuously spanned horizontally.

But I love the new IE 7! It's got ClearType fonts for everything and the best ganked feature from Opera and Firefox; the tabs! Starts up faster than Firefox on my laptop (IE versions

Quoth numerodix on December 03, 2006 @ 9:27 PM PST

The new title image looks good. :) What is it that fascinates you about cows so?

I run Firefox in about 800x600 and indeed I get some nasty horizontal scrolling.

For the IE bugs, I'm thankful not to have seen them and likely never to see them. If you want to send a message to IE people, you can do what I did on my site, use . That's right, a special comment that only IE recognizes, how is that for stanard?

Quoth numerodix on December 03, 2006 @ 9:28 PM PST

Your HTML filter killed the tags I included. Look up the code on to see what I meant (or just surf there with IE heh).

Quoth Brian on December 04, 2006 @ 1:28 AM PST

I pretty much assumed everyone would be running 1024x768 at this point. At 800x600 in Firefox you can still read the text without scrolling, which is the most important thing I think. That may be the best I can do. If I make it small enough to work on 800x600, it looks horrible at 1680x1050 which I run.

I'd consider using an IE hack if I could figure out exactly what about pre tags makes IE choke. But I just can't figure it out. I'm not going to worry about it.

How can you NOT be fascinated with cows? :) They're so big and cowish.