Recently had a project that required IE6 compatibility,  it was annoying, but wasn’t all that difficult. There are hundreds of hacks out there to target all kinds of browser flaws, most of said flaws have been ironed out, but IE6 is just a big problem. I did my research on it, and apparently in August of this year there were still 6.7% of users using it. That’s 67 out of 1000 visitors, which counts for something. My question is, is that developers testing in IE6 being counted as users? A few screen shots of my ordeal are below.

First,  how it’s supposed to look:
Next, we have IE6:
And now IE7:

As you can see, things became just slightly distorted in different versions of IE. This, believe it or not, was easily sorted out without hacks. I used conditional comments that only target IE, these are available from Microsoft at: . Or, you can check out these examples, they are placed in the head of the page:

<link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”css/default.css” media=”screen” />
<!–[if IE 7]>
<link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”css/ie7.css” media=”screen” />
<!–[if lt IE 7]>
<link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”css/ie6.css” media=”screen” />

As you can see, you put your main CSS file first, then you add in specific CSS files for each version of IE. Only IE sees these, and they do not invalidate your page.

In my experience, probably only about 50% of developers know about this. I say that because a lot have no clue they should be targeting IE6, they only test in latest browser versions, and the others still use hacks. I personally own a hack book that’s around 200 pages, and not once are conditional comments mentioned, probably because it would reduce the book to about 30 or so pages.

In the end, IE6 displayed the page better than IE7, believe it or not.

So, I’ve been reading a book on object-oriented code for PHP, for the second time. Why the second time? Mainly because the author doesn’t write for the average Joe, he uses many words that are just too large and over descriptive for the point he is trying to get across.

I am, however, further along than I was previously. It’s amazing, I’m on chapter 6 in a book about code, and the author hasn’t asked the reader to do any examples yet. All that’s been given are non-functional examples, it’s no wonder I didn’t make far last time.

Once I finish, though, I plan on rewriting my site in OOP to put my knowledge into real-world application. Just about 150 more chapters to go (not really).

Ocala Web Designer thumbnailNo where, really, I have just been busy. I have been creating a new brand for myself: Ocala Web Designer. You like?

I figured that didn’t really say, “I build websites!” so, I decided to get another domain name and create a new site. I wanted something dark and grungy, yet clean and slick. Since I am my biggest critic, I can say that I am not 100% happy with it, I just feel like there is something off about it and can’t quite put my finger on it. It is fine, though, I am sure I will do a re-design in my downtime.

I am hoping to go live today, I just need to finish up the content on a couple of the pages and maybe do a little more tweaking and it will be complete.

The more poor designs and writing skills hurt my head. Seriously, who puts 3000+ words into a single paragraph to describe a designer’s responsibilities? Half of the time you read the responsibilities and you, being the web educated person you are, know that the person writing the job description has absolutely no clue what they are talking about.

Do professionals use Dreamweaver? Do they even teach it in school? I personally haven’t touched it since DW4, which was before Adobe pulled a Highlander move on Macromedia and absorbed its powers.

Anyway, on to some other news. I decided to create another website that says simply what I am and what I can offer for you. Ready? It’s I figured it couldn’t be any more simple than that, Ocala Web Designer. Now I am off to create the design for that, as well as, some signs and business cards for my brother and I.