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  • Resolved michaelamcgregor


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    I’ve been at this all day and I’m tearing my hair out. I finally got everything working (mostly) and checked it on all the browsers. Internet Explorer 8 & 9 make a mess of the menu in ‘compatibility view’ and the menu is missing altogether otherwise, along with the sidebars. I tried different themes, twenty-ten and eleven do nothing. All of the responses that I read on support forums say, “validate your site”. I’ve been trying that but I have no idea what I’m doing. I got rid of a few errors but I can’t find the source of the errors in most cases. Can someone PLEASE help me? Thanks in advance.

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  • Add this meta tag in between your <head> tags <meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=edge” >

    It will force off compatibility view. Fair warning, this is kind of a hack.

    Ahhh! Thank you sooooo much! You’re a gem. It worked. (duh) Okay, so now the question is what is this ‘hack’ going to affect?

    Nothing really, it’s just not preferred, because it doesn’t solve the root problem, which is code that IE7 can’t handle. And the tag isn’t supported by IE7. That said, the world is moving away from those browsers quickly, and those running IE7 and IE8 in compat mode must constantly be running into sites that flat out don’t work.

    Okay, that’s fine then. Thank you again. I really appreciate it.

    Moderator Andrew Nevins


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    • This CSS selector, > (greater than character) is not supported by IE6.
    • You can’t use :hover pseudo-elements on anything other than anchor tags, otherwise IE6 & 7 won’t read it.

    Also refer to this table.

    Thank you for the info.

    *Sigh* Well, it was working. Not anymore though. I added a script to reroute my sight for an iPad and that blew it. I took the script out right away and checked it half a dozen times but the code Andrew Bartel gave me refuses to work again. I don’t get it.

    Got it working. It was a plugin. Wordbooker was the issue.

    Hi Michael,

    I’m having the same problem with my site.

    How did you fix it please?

    Hi tnehub,

    I just did what Andrew said to in this thread. It worked and then quit because of a plugin (wordbooker). When I got rid of the plugin it worked again. I did have some issues later and it still doesn’t work with older versions of Internet Explorer. Whoever is using your site has to click compatibility view too. That was the best I could do. Hope this helps.

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