Monthly Archives: August 2008

Getting Around IE’s Lack of Min-Width Support

Min-width is a useful CSS property that, as it’s name suggests, sets the minimum width of an element to a specific pixel width (or em or whatever). It’s very useful.

The problem? Microsoft. Internet Exploder doesn’t support the property. Instead of ranting about Microsoft’s pathetic browser, I’ll skip to the solution…

First, make sure you have an IE-specific stylesheet to put all you IE hacks in. It makes it easier to manage things, and it makes sure hacks like this don’t stop your CSS from validating. (Believe me, this one will.) Include it in your page head like so:

<!--[if IE]><link rel="stylesheet" href="ieislame.css" type="text/css" media="all" /><![endif]-->

Next, add something along the lines of this to the file:

#mydiv { width:expression(document.body.clientWidth < 850? "850px": "auto" ); }

Just replace both instances of “850” with the minimum width you prefer.

Not too hard, but it shouldn’t be necessary.

New Opportunities at Pro Blog Design

Michael Martin has just redesigned his blog Pro Blog Design. Along with the new design comes a few new opportunities for you. Opportunities to promote your site, and make some money. First off, Michael has 125×125 ad space now. They’re available for $45/month, and…

BlogBuzz August 9, 2008

101 Awesome Portfolio Sites WordPress 2.7 heavily based on existing plugins – I’m okay with that so long as they don’t introduce 125×125 ad management or URL shortening features. 20 Creative Business Cards You Probably Didn’t See Before – Yes, another business card roundup.…

Akismet: Not Very Intuitive

I think it’s safe to say you’ve heard of Akismet. Good old Akismet, by the makers of WordPress, is the de facto standard for blocking comment spam. It normally does an excellent job, though it misses a few spam comments here and there. I…

WordPress Theme of the Month: Night Transition

This month’s featured, and free, WordPress theme is Night Transition by Web Kreation.

Poll Results: What’s Your Browser Startpage?

Around mid-July, I asked you what you used for your browser’s homepage. Unlike most of my polls, I this time allowed the selection of multiple options, seeing as most modern browsers allow you to have multiple tabs open on startup. We ended up with…

9rules Blog Network

What is 9rules? It’s hard to say; it’s been many things over the years, but it’s always been a blog network. Essentially, blogs in the network have their latests posts (just the headlines) aggregated onto their homepage, and your blog is added to their…

Forget MyBlogLog, Here’s a Better Idea

I’m not the only one who thinks MyBlogLog is a waste of valuable template space. It clutters an otherwise (hopefully) clean design, makes pages take longer to load, and doesn’t really provide much value to the reader. Do you pay any attention to MyBlogLog…

Design Spotlight: 2.0

The popular social bookmarking site redesigned over the past week. Overall they’ve kept a similar look, and haven’t lost any of the simplicity. It’s more polished looking, and probably more usable. Oh, and they’ve dropped the dots from the URL, becoming

SiteMeter and Internet Explorer Break the Internet

Internet Explorer users (versions 5.5, 6, 7) have been unable to access a large portion of the internet since Friday. Essentially users of Internet Explorer have been unable to access sites that use the SiteMeter analytics tool, and are recieving an error message instead.…