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General Internet Explorer

Urgent Update of Internet Explorer – Install It Now

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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Accessibility CSS General Internet Explorer Microsoft Web Development Web Standards

Why “left: -9999px;” is Better For Accessibility Than “display: none;”

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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Internet Explorer Web Development Web Standards

IE7 Beta Preview available

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.

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Bugs Internet Explorer Web Development XSLT 1.0

IE Conditional Comments in XSLT 1.0

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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Bugs DOM Internet Explorer

Obscure Internet Explorer Bugs: #1 of… who knows?

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.