Archive for the 'Browsers' Category

Urgent Update of Internet Explorer – Install It Now

December 18th, 2008 by Nick Fitzsimons

Given that I’m so prone to criticising Microsoft, I have to give them credit for moving so rapidly to provide a patch for the recently discovered vulnerability in Internet Explorer.
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Why “left: -9999px;” is Better For Accessibility Than “display: none;”

February 14th, 2007 by Nick Fitzsimons

Update: Thierry Koblentz points out in the comments that either technique may be appropriate, depending on circumstances. I mention this in the last paragraph, but just to be clear, there should have been a “usually” or “often” or some such word in front of the “better” of the title. That, or a different title.

Update 2, December 2008: It is now accepted that it is better to use top: -9999px;, as using left: would cause a scroll bar on a page with right-to-left text.

A recurring question on various mailing lists such as the Web Standards Group discussion list is “How can I hide content but still have it accessible?” This is usually asked in the context of image replacement techniques, where one might for example wish to display a heading in a fancy typeface, but still have the content accessible to users of assistive technologies such as screen reading software.
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IE7 Beta Preview available

January 31st, 2006 by Nick Fitzsimons

The IEBlog has announced the release of the Beta Preview of IE7. Unfortunately, you need to overwrite your existing system to use it, or shell out hard cash for Virtual PC, sold by… Microsoft.

Oh, and it only works on XPSP2; bet you wish you hadn’t shelled out for Windows Server 2003 now.

IE Conditional Comments in XSLT 1.0

October 27th, 2005 by Nick Fitzsimons

Zen gardener Dave Shea’s post Bye Bye Tan Hack attracted a number of comments from people claiming that Internet Explorer’s conditional comments (CCs) were ungeneratable if you are using XSLT to produce your pages. “Strange,” I thought, “I’ve done that before.”
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Obscure Internet Explorer Bugs: #1 of… who knows?

May 17th, 2005 by Nick Fitzsimons

The Web Standards Group presented ten questions to Tommy Olsson, one of which addresses the thorny issue of the abbr and acronym elements in HTML.
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