Note To IE6 Users

by derek on July 30, 2007 · 4 comments

NOTE :: It looks like I have resolved the IE6 issues on the site. There were two issues with the CSS alignment pushing the sidebar down below the main div tag. One instance was with Brian’s Threaded Comments and the other was when I had an image that spanned the entire content area. Both issues should be resolved so please alert me if you experience any odd behavior.
Early this morning I was doing some testing of the new theme across various browsers and I noticed that IE6 (and earlier) is having a problem rendering the sidebar of the theme.
If you are using IE6, the sidebar is pushed down to the bottom and there is an empty space at the top of the sidebar. I’m aware of the problem and hope to work on that later this evening to resolve the issue.
As a note to other site owners, there are a few ways that you can do your best to test your site across different environments. One way is the *brute force* method to have as many different browsers and versions installed on your local machines as possible. Unfortunately that is usually not the best option as it can become a configuration nightmare.
In an effort to try and automate the process, there are a few sites/services available that will provide you with a screenshot of what your site looks like on different browsers. Like many things, there are free versions and versions that require payment. I’m one that always prefers the free option and would like to recommend two sites that I have found to be helpful in testing on other browsers:

  • browsershots.org :: Browsershots offers the ability to request a screenshot of your site in the most common browsers across Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. This is a free open-source service created by Johann C. Rocholl. Once you submit your URL, your request is added to a job queue and you will receive your screenshots within 30 minutes. This service utilizes a number of distributed computers that open your site in their browser, grab a screenshot and upload it to a central server. While not the fastest solution, there are plenty of options and the price is right!
  • IE NetRenderer :: IE NetRenderer focuses only on various versions of IE and produces screenshots from a high-speed datacenter located in Germany. Of the various services that I have tried, IE NetRenderer is one of the fastest around as they are able to process a large number of capturing jobs in parallel and in realtime. If you need to test your site in IE, I recommend that you give this site a try and you cannot beat the price.

I appreciate your patience with this matter and would welcome any additional feedback from users with different browsers.

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Kersson August 2, 2007 at 4:26 pm

The links you have provided are very useful. Creating a web page which can fit to all the browsers is not an easy task. I’m sure these links can help me a lot. Thanks

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derek August 2, 2007 at 4:44 pm

Kersson, you’re welcome and I hope that you are able to use them to help you test your sites.

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Indiana Accident Lawyer August 3, 2007 at 11:26 am

Did you use the “display: inline;” fix?

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derek August 3, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Yes, that fixed one of the problems with the “Brians Threaded Comments” plugin.

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