Saturday, September 23, 2006

Me, myself and IE ( Internet Explorer 7 and 6 too )

Well, those who have been reading my posts (or atleast the post Funda's Own Zone - FundaZone ), will know that I'm building a website of puzzles at

As I wanted to be a nice webmaster, I tested my pages on various browsers - and what did I find ???

Well, for one : this blog's previous template would come properly on Mozilla Firefox but in Internet Explorer, the sidebar would go down ! ( Or was it that the sidebar stays there but the posts go down - I don't remember exactly )

So, I edited the template to change the page structure. I changed a few numbers here and there and finally, I refreshed the page in IE. I don't remeber how many attempts I made, but finally I made the sidebar come up (or the posts - whichever it was). And all this time, Mozilla Firefox displayed my blog perfectly.

"Eureka !" , I shouted. Actually I didn't. I was in a library and shouting is not a good habit in a library. Therefore, I shouted it in my mind I guess.

But .... when I scrolled down , ......


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Scrolled enough ....

And saw that

There were huge ugly white spaces in between the posts section and sidebar section !!!

And, sad to say, Mozilla Firefox showed the whitespaces too ... All because of IE !

Note that this was the currently most used version of IE (IE6)

For days, I left my blog like that - whitespace and all (because I was very busy with offline work - means work in the non-virtual world aka real world)

When I came back, I set to work on the template.

Realizing that I didn't have time to figure out why the mysterious white matter ( as opposed to dark matter - that is really not very mysterious ) appeared in the page, I changed the template.

Changed the template !!!

Please note that you have to make a backup of the template when you change the template.
i.e. (IE again ha ha ha - means that is) go to edit template and copy everything that you see in the textarea and paste it into a text file in your computer and save it (obviously)
because changing template means all the customisations will be lost - all those sidebar thingies and stuff) Later u can find those bits of code and copy-paste into the new template.

And so I did change my template.

More on firefox vs IE later ... (about IE 7 and how it messed up my forums on )

Go firefox go ! (I mean come firefox come !!!)

Download Mozilla Firefox browser from the link on this page ( I think it's there somewhere on the sidebar )

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