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Notices for 4th July 2006 to 20th June 2006

Tuesday, 4th July 2006

I realised something really horrible the other day, while redesigning Firesnake.net (no, the new design is not up yet ;) – <q> does absolutely nothing in Internet Explorer. For some time now, I have been using <q> tags on my site to wrap quotations, under the mistaken belief (and I was sure I tested it fully) that although I cannot make Internet Explorer show typographer’s (“curly”) quotation marks, I will at least get regular straight quotes and that is good enough.

But not so! Instead, all my quotations look like I merely wrote a sentence with scrambled grammar; quotations are not visibly quoted with quotation marks. I wonder if it was something that Microsoft changed in Internet Explorer for Windows XP, since surely there is no way that I would use something on my site that I’d not tested in Internet Explorer, and I’ve tested a few things in XP at work.

So now, I am not sure what to do. I could use an alternative style for <q> in Internet Explorer, but that does not help the JAWS screen reader which apparently works with Internet Explorer. I could build a preprocessor into Sitewide (at present, it lacks any ability to preprocess HTML) to convert all <q> tags at access time without having to rewrite and repost all my pages. I am not sure I want to bother with anything at all; the interest level in my site is actually too low to justify working on it at all but for some reason, I still post the odd item now and then. Such as a couple of new Bug of the Moment entries recently.

Wednesday, 21st June 2006

I had to share this bug of the moment as I find it quite unbelievable that we keep seeing stuff like this.

Tuesday, 20th June 2006

Something a little out of the ordinary today. Talking to macmcseboy and FireSnake I rediscovered something special from my Windows 3.11 days. This was back when I spent all of my time alone without the Internet, and computing used to be fun ;) I need to take some screenshots from my Windows 3.11 desktop again; those files are dearly departed.