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I just upgraded the site to the latest version of WordPress. Normally, this takes about 15 minutes of careful work, involving a download to my desktop, some FTP monkey business, checking of config files, and so forth. This time, after … Continue reading
After a couple of years using Drupal to manage this site’s content, I’ve joined the crowd and switched to WordPress. If you’ve ever managed a server-side application, you know that this type of move isn’t trivial. For those who haven’t … Continue reading
Back in the Good Old Days of the World Wide Web (circa 1995), changing the look and feel of a Web site was a pretty simple matter. You just opened up the HTML files in a text editor and changed the appropriate tags, then previewed the pages in Netscape. When everything looked right, you uploaded the new HTML files to your Web server. Because all of the content and layout information were inside the HTML file for each page, there was nothing else to keep track of. Continue reading
I get this comment occasionally, and the problem always boils down to the same cause: Microsoft Internet Explorer. For years, the folks in Redmond have persistently ignored the W3C standards that every other browser now strives to meet. The upshot is that sites can either comply with the standards or try to look good in Explorer, but doing both is a huge pain.
In the course of maintaining a few sites, I’ve had to hack several workarounds for various Explorer bugs, and every one of these little projects has been excruciating. Microsoft’s failure to disclose its non-standard standards compounds the problem, leaving part-time Webmasters like me groping for solutions by trial and error.