“You see, the CSS in question tripped over enough unspecified and
ambiguous layout behavior to make a grown man cry.”
geek's blog entry in Surfin' Safari underscores some of the reasons
I have avoided making heavy use of CSS, and especially CSS-P in my layouts.
While on the topic of CSS, I recently visited the offices of a well-known
design school, and found out that they're standardized on Netscape 4.5 because
of its integrated mail client!
I went looking for some recent
browser trends, and found that an estimated
1.1% of all people surfing the web are using Netscape 4 these days. ['Course,
a grain of salt, because there are some serious issues with the mechanisms
used to tabulate those stats. Still, there are very few people, probably mostly
concentrated in organizations with standards like these, who are using Netscape
At the bottom of the page, I spotted this fascinating bit of advice:
“The bottom line is that, although the number of those with 8-bit displays
is small and shrinking, design for 256 colours will remain a serious issue
so long as AOL continues to compress (mutilate) images.”
It's an interesting point. I've even seen sites where they offer specific
instructions on how to disable AOL's default image compression behavior.
page at W3Schools.com turned up another interesting metric: as of July '03,
I've always wondered why they blow nitrogen into the sewers. You can find
big nitrogen tanks around many parts of the city. My hunch is that it's for the same
reason that wine lovers blow nitrogen into their bottles when there's wine
left: to reduce the amount of oxygen available. If that's the reason, I wonder
if they're trying to halt oxidation, or to keep something from growing...
Bill Barol's written a review of
Warren Zevon's “The Wind” for Slate, and a
funny piece about The
Golden State of Politics.
I have to laugh
at the hot air coming from many of the right-wingers on the topic of lying. In
response to the dust-up
between Al Franken and Bill O'Reilly, they've organized
a campaign to insinuate that Franken's prank letter to John Ashcroft and twenty-odd
others was also a lie, trying to leverage the old saw of “Let he who is without
sin cast the first stone.”
But let's take a closer look. First, the right-wingers spin the story as if
Franken only wrote to Ashcroft – essentially a lie of omission. Next, Franken's
"lie" didn't get anywhere – no one responded to his letter. Finally, this is
really about Franken's book, which addresses a much broader pattern of lying
– like the story that is emerging about the true nature of the air quality
downtown after September 11, 2001, for example. O'Reilly and friends filed a completely meritless suit against Franken, claiming that his use of the phrase "Fair and Balanced" on the cover of his book violated a Fox News trademark.
Many of the lies addressed in the book are being sourced out of the White House. There is a huge difference between lying about whether you had
consensual sex with a woman your daughter's age – which affects your immediate
family, and arguably your personal credibility – and lying about a nuclear
threat – which has resulted in the deaths of thousands.
Oh, by the way, I caught a little piece on NBC this morning, about how
it looks like the bogus British Intelligence report that washed up in the State
of the Union Address might have been the creation of someone in Tony Blair's
immediate circle. Blair's group was busy pressuring the UK intelligence community
the way Bush's folks were hammering on ours. Blair and Dubya must be from the
I doubt that Bush will try to resurrect one of the slogans of his old hero:
“Ask yourself if you're not better off today than you were four years ago...”