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IE5/Mac woes and Alex King's WP styles (5 posts)

  1. riddle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm seeing minor problems that degrade to catastrophic ones using Internet Explorer 5 for Mac with Alex King's WP styles.
    I know that MSIE5 is broken. My question is, how broken? Do I write it off completely? Or are there quirks in Alex King's styles which could be fixed to address these problems?
    Details:
    The styles in question are from Alex King's WordPress CSS Style Competition, for example one called "Simple Sky":
    http://www.alexking.org/index.php?content=software/wordpress/styles.php
    http://www.alexking.org/software/wordpress/styles/sample.php?wpstyle=simple_sky
    http://www.alexking.org/software/wordpress/styles/wp-style/simple_sky/style.css
    The minor problem is that IE5 screws up the horizontal position of the body of each post. Here are screenshots with IE5/Mac and Firefox 1.0:
    http://aprendizdetodo.com/tmp/simplesky-ie5.jpg
    http://aprendizdetodo.com/tmp/simplesky-ff.jpg
    But there are bizarre and catastrophic behaviors as well. I find that trivial changes in content will cause IE5 to break the page completely. Specifically, adding certain lines of text in an

  2. in the nav column will cause the whole nav column to drop down below the content column -- but other text of comparable length won't break it!
    Here are pages that do and don't break the placement of the navigation column. The difference between the two is a single character: the first contains the line "WordPress Wiki - How to combat comment spam with WordPress" and in the second the word "spam" is capitalized.
    http://aprendizdetodo.com/tmp/simplesky-badnav.html
    http://aprendizdetodo.com/tmp/simplesky-goodnav.html
    Has anyone else seen this strange interaction between content and style in IE5?
    P.S. Don't tell me "get a better browser" -- I use Firefox, but I can't count on all of my readers to do the same.

  • Joni
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Stuart at The Bomb Site has an entire section dedicated to these issues and some suggestions about how to combat them. Hope this helps!

  • Randyd
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm using IE 5 on Mac and I see the menu in simple sky is aligned left and below your the white posting area. In the css why float the menu? Why not give it an absolute value for starters

  • "I know that MSIE5 is broken. My question is, how broken? Do I write it off completely?"
    Mac IE was discontinued three years ago and support was officially ended last year.
    "P.S. Don't tell me "get a better browser" -- I use Firefox, but I can't count on all of my readers to do the same."
    Unfortunately, that's the big issue. There needs to be another huge switch campaign.
    I can't see anything unusual, but I'm no CSS expert either. I think Randyd's idea is a good place to start.

  • Alex King
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I don't even test in Mac/IE anymore.

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