Conditional sibling class names for IE patching

A different approach to using conditional comments to add class names for targeting CSS at different versions of Internet Explorer.

Posted on April 11, 2013

Using max-width on images can make them disappear in IE8

Images that have a CSS max-width, a width attribute in the HTML, and are children of a floated element that has no explicit width set may be invisible in IE8.

Posted on February 2, 2012

Visited links can only be differentiated by colour

It used to be possible to apply any CSS to visited links. This has privacy issues, so most browsers have implemented styling restrictions and only allow colours to be changed.

Posted on December 8, 2011

No more conditional comments in IE10

Microsoft is removing support for conditional comments in IE10. I don't think they will be missed.

Posted on October 27, 2011

Testing on mobile devices without the hardware

Tips for installing and running the iOS Simulator and the Android Emulator for testing your web sites on mobile devices without buying lots of hardware.

Posted on August 30, 2011

Time to make the title attribute device independent

The contents of the title attribute in HTML is difficult or impossible to access in current browser implementations if you do not use a mouse.

Posted on April 26, 2011

The IE6 countdown

Microsoft is trying to convince people to upgrade from IE6 through a website called The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown.

Posted on March 7, 2011

Internet Explorer now only the third most used browser

As of October 2010, Internet Explorer (all versions combined) is only the third most used browser on, used by 16.3 % of visitors.

Posted on November 18, 2010

IE 9 does not resize text sized in pixels

Internet Explorer 9 (in beta at the time of this writing), still does not let the user resize text whose size has been specified in pixels.

Posted on October 18, 2010

“Inspect element” is not the same as “View source”

Using a developer tool like Firebug, Web Inspector or Dragonfly to view an HTML documents DOM is not the same as viewing source.

Posted on September 30, 2010

Useful Safari extensions

I've spent some time trying to find Safari extensions that match the useful add-ons I have installed in Firefox. Here are my lists of what I have found and what I am still missing.

Posted on September 9, 2010

Internet Explorer market share now below 60 percent

In April 2010, Internet Explorer's worldwide market share dropped below 60 percent according to Net Applications. On this site, IE has less than 20 percent.

Posted on May 17, 2010

Web Inspector adds Timeline and Audits panels

Improved inspection of CSS, HTML, and DOM, following redirects in the Resources panel, and getting tips for improving performance in the Timeline and Audits panels are some new features.

Posted on April 19, 2010

Heading navigation in web browsers

Very few web browsers allow users to step through the headings on a page. This functionality would benefit keyboard users, so I would like to see more browsers implement it.

Posted on March 22, 2010

IE9 Platform Preview available

A platform preview of Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download. News include better performance and improved support for HTML5, CSS3, DOM, SVG, and XHTML.

Posted on March 16, 2010

Visual display of alternative text

When an image is missing or images are disabled, web browsers should completely replace the image with its alt text.

Posted on March 4, 2010

Is SVG support coming to Internet Explorer?

The Senior Program Manager of Microsoft's Internet Explorer Team has announced that Microsoft has joined the W3C's Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group.

Posted on January 18, 2010

Error messages for corrupt HTML

Vlad Alexander argues that web browsers should display error messages for corrupt HTML 5 and invites Ian Hickson to debate on this topic.

Posted on January 11, 2010

That's a useful feature, but when can I use it?

Need to find out which browsers (and versions) handle a particle web technology? Don't have time to keep track of it by yourself. Don't worry. Help is available.

Posted on December 9, 2009

Safari, WebKit and alt text for missing images

Safari and most other WebKit-based browsers do not show alt text for missing or broken images unless it fits on a single line within the image's allocated width.

Posted on December 7, 2009

Microsoft talks about Internet Explorer 9

News on what we can expect from the next version of Internet Explorer: highlights include improved performance, CSS 3 selectors, and better text rendering.

Posted on November 20, 2009

WebKit Web Inspector improvements

The web developer tool for Safari and other WebKit-based browsers has just received a number of improved and new features worth checking out.

Posted on November 11, 2009

IE 8 does not display alt text in a tooltip

Internet Explorer 8, unlike previous versions, behaves like other browsers and does not display alt text in a tooltip when you hover the cursor over an image.

Posted on August 17, 2009

Enabling keyboard navigation in Mac OS X Web browsers

A guide to enabling keyboard navigation, which most Mac OS X web browsers support but have disabled by default.

Posted on June 9, 2009

The mysterious sideways jump, a.k.a. scrollbar present or not present

If someone tells you that they see a strange sideways jump when they move between certain pages on your site, chances are that it's caused by their browser's vertical scrollbar.

Posted on May 19, 2009

Safari 4 public beta with WAI-ARIA support. Or not?

Apple recently released a public beta of Safari 4. Among the news is support for WAI-ARIA, but I can't figure out how to make it work.

Posted on March 5, 2009

No more pixel perfectionism in IE 6

It is time to worry less about non-critical bugs in Internet Explorer 6, and eventually we will be able to treat it like we treat Netscape 4.

Posted on February 11, 2009

Make Safari open targeted links in new tabs instead of new windows

How to use to tell Safari to open links that normally open in a new window to open in a new tab instead.

Posted on December 4, 2008

The WebKit/Safari Web Inspector is getting even better

The latest update to the Webkit Web Inspector is very impressive and makes WebKit (and Safari, once it includes the new version of the Web Inspector) a viable web development browser.

Posted on October 22, 2008

NoScript for Firefox

Surfing the web with NoScript installed lets you decide which sites are allowed to run JavaScript, Flash and other active content in your Firefox.

Posted on October 17, 2008

Recently discovered web developer-related Firefox add-ons

A few very useful Firefox extensions/add-ons that I only recently discovered: ColorZilla, Firefox Accessibility Extension, Screengrab!, and WAVE Toolbar.

Posted on October 14, 2008

First impressions of Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1

My impressions after trying out Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for a couple of days.

Posted on March 7, 2008

Doctype switching for IE 8

Version targeting as it has been presented is an incredibly bad idea to force upon the minority of people in the web industry who have a clue.

Posted on February 25, 2008

Internet Explorer 8 announced, passes the Acid2 test

The next version of Internet Explorer will be called IE 8, and passed the Acid2 test, meaning it has support for much wanted CSS features.

Posted on December 21, 2007

Keep browser lock-out a thing of the past

Browser sniffing and deliberately preventing people using a so-called unsupported browser from entering a site is a thing from the past that we do not need these days.

Posted on November 15, 2007

Mac OS X Web browser rundown 2007

A rundown of the Mac OS X Web browsers that occupy space on my hard drive in late 2007.

Posted on October 24, 2007

NoSquint allows site-specific text zoom

A Firefox extension that remembers your text zoom level per site. Anyone know of a Safari alternative?

Posted on October 5, 2007

Safari/WebKit has a new Web Inspector

Recent nightly builds of WebKit have a brand new Web Inspector that is much improved over the previous version, and is available for both Mac and Windows.

Posted on June 27, 2007

Safari 3 beta impressions

My impressions of the first Safari 3 beta after using it for a couple of days, on both Mac OS X and Windows XP.

Posted on June 14, 2007

Safari now officially available for Windows

Apple's web browser Safari is now officially available for Windows as well as for Mac OS X.

Posted on June 11, 2007

10 must haves in IE Next

My ten most wanted bug fixes or new features in whatever becomes the next version of Internet Explorer.

Posted on December 13, 2006

Closing the gap between list items in IE

How to fix the list item whitespace bug in both Internet Explorer 6 and 7.

Posted on October 16, 2006

Unitless line-height bug in Mozilla and Firefox

Older versions of Mozilla and Firefox for Mac OS X have a bug that sometimes makes them miscalculate line-height when no unit is used.

Posted on August 29, 2006

Safari brings high resolution to the Web

Apple's WebKit team are proposing methods for providing people who use high DPI screens with more detailed images.

Posted on June 12, 2006

The freedom of mobile Internet access

Being able to browse the web with a Nokia 6680 3G phone is very convenient and really makes you appreciate accessible websites that are based on web standards.

Posted on November 24, 2005

Keyboard navigation problems in IE and Safari

Internet Explorer and Safari have similar problems with in-page keyboard navigation.

Posted on September 17, 2005

The danger of a better Internet Explorer

Is the improved web standards support in Internet Explorer 7 a good thing only, or will it put the future health of the web at risk by tempting developers to use more proprietary features?

Posted on August 14, 2005

Safari Wishlist

A breakdown of problems and missing features in the current versions of the Safari web browser.

Posted on June 2, 2005

Wishlist for IE7

Most wanted features in version 7 of Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Posted on March 10, 2005

Display problems in Firefox

Posted on January 23, 2005

Favourite Mozilla and Firefox extensions

Posted on January 13, 2005

Internet Explorer is already breaking the web

Posted on December 2, 2004

Browser statistics and choices

Posted on December 1, 2004

Firefox 1.0

Posted on November 9, 2004

Mozilla, clearers, and dropped floats

Posted on November 3, 2004

Sizing monospaced fonts

Posted on August 13, 2004

Is Microsoft listening?

Posted on May 2, 2004

Safari 1.1

Posted on October 26, 2003


Posted on October 7, 2003

Macintosh Browser Smackdown

Posted on August 29, 2003

More thoughts on the death of Netscape

Posted on July 22, 2003

Netscape murdered

Posted on July 17, 2003

Time to go on a Safari

Posted on June 24, 2003

The death of a pioneer

Posted on June 14, 2003

AOL, Netscape and the death of Internet Explorer

Posted on June 1, 2003

I Blame Microsoft

Posted on May 29, 2003


Posted on May 4, 2003

Load up your toolbar

Posted on April 18, 2003

Safari Time

Posted on April 18, 2003


Posted on April 8, 2003

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