IE6 and JavaScript

Just when you think you have a problem solved (pop-up window navigation), IE6 comes along and screws it up.

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Does not seem to want to work. At all. Regardless of syntax.

As for why, it would appear to relate to this securityfocus.com listing. Rather than FIXING it, they disabled the code. FABOO!!

I’d appreciate anyone correcting me if I’m wrong in saying that this is Microsoft’s fault.

Letter s p a c i n g

According to Apple’s documentation, Safari 1.0 supports the letter-spacing property. Unfortunately, this is one of the tables which Dave Hyatt rightly pointed out as giving a view of breadth, but not of depth. Something about the CSS we are using causes the property to be ignored.

Cursives! Foiled again

The installation of Safari (version 1.0) on my iMac does not render the text beneath my weblog title in the system cursive font, as specified by my CSS. This is somewhat ironic as my iMac is the machine my weblog is actually on. D’oh.

Other installations of Safari on our home network render it as they should. Very odd. Also, OmniWeb (4.5b3) on my iMac renders it fine! It uses WebCore too, so this is somewhat befuddling.

Safari lacks the detailed font configuration of Mozilla and IE5, making this an irritant of greater size than it should be. I have tried flushing the user and system caches w/Cocktail and resetting Safari, all to no avail. Google searching has revealed nothing as yet.

Unsupported CSS in Safari 1.0

It appears that Safari does not support the text-decoration property within a span that is set to display: none until hovered (on which it is set to display: block, a la Eric Meyer’s css/edge).

I’ll post the files which revealed this issue in a day or two.

I also have seen some problems with the word-spacing property, which is supported, according to the MacEdition CSS2 support table.

Will it be worth it?

I’m considering purchasing an iSight from Apple using some of the proceeds from both a web coding project and temping. It would be helpful for remote collaboration on web work (my brother lives in the boonies). The reviews I’ve read thus far have been very positive. The only downside most people mention is the current lack of cross-platform conferencing using iChat AV. I believe Apple is using SIP (at least for VoIP), so it should only be a matter of time before some enterprising soul(s) make(s) it happen.

Boing, boing, boing!

I downloaded and tried out the latest version of Spring (v1.3). I like the concept, but the process for creating new “objects” seems rather difficult. It would be nice if Spring could automatically make Person objects for entries in the OS X Address Book application. Also, being able to make a visually browseable canvas (similar to what MP3 Voodoo does) of all of your iTunes albums would be neat.

All in all, an interesting product and approach to UI.

Dwele's "Subject"

Detroit’s Dwele (who you may know from his work with Slum Village) has released his first solo album, “Subject.” His lyrics and themes are not radically divergent from those of other R&B artists, but the overall sound is far more interesting than standard Top 40 fare. His use of overdubbing is reminiscent of Marvin Gaye’s. Good stuff.

It lingers . . .

A few minor UI gripes:

1. Hold Shift while clicking on a Finder window’s toolbar display toggle widget (the Tic-Tac shaped one in the upper right). Handy dandy. Now try this in any other application with a toolbar. It doesn’t work. Phooey.

2. Depress Command while clicking the display toggle widget in the Finder. Nothing. Try it in Mail (or OmniWeb). Neato.

These are surely not the biggest of UI problems, but they are inconsistencies that ought be corrected. Supposedly, the Cocoa and Carbon frameworks did at one point behave identically, but this was broken before the initial 10.0 release.