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Re: Versioning and html[5]

From: Ben 'Cerbera' Millard <cerbera@projectcerbera.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 05:02:04 -0000
Message-ID: <003c01c85d7d$1a5fcbc0$0301a8c0@ben9xr3up2lv7v>
To: "Chris Wilson" <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>, "HTMLWG" <public-html@w3.org>

Chris Wilson wrote:
> This is the core of our problem - single content that expects different 
> behavior from different browsers today.  Many of you are treating this as 
> if it doesn't exist, while I expect nearly every single 
> web-developer-for-hire in the world has written workaround code at one 
> point or another.

...including me. A few CSS tweaks sent via Conditional Comments to "lte IE7" 
are a necessary evil on roughly half the sites I work on. Many other folk 
use selector hacks for this.

I often use "height: 1%" to trigger hasLayout on things where "width" needs 
to remain "auto". I sometimes set "position: relative;" in places where it 
isn't strictly needed so graphical list item markers show up. I sometimes 
use "float" with "width" in places where the normal flow should suffice. I 
always style "a:active" the same as "a:focus" so tabbing around the page 
looks sensible in IE.

And so on. I sympathise with how complicated the ecosystem is.

Freezing the rendering until you get it perfect seems a better idea, to me. 
Nibbling away at the current CSS behaviour and releasing the progress from 
time to time only complicates things further.

But what would I know...I'm just a "web-developer-for-hire"! :-P

Ben Millard, sdesign1
Received on Wednesday, 23 January 2008 05:02:37 UTC

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