Cascade My Style, Baby

It’s paint with mucous day at Chez Lawver! Max has had a cold for about 3 days, Jen for 2, and now me. We’re all irritable, unpleasant and chock-full of mucous in our various snot-containing body cavities. We’re tired… but achey enough that a nap doesn’t seem possible.

I was going to send myself something to work on while watching TV, but my machine crashed while trying to zip it all up and I didn’t get around to it. How stupid is that? Now, I’m trying to work on the big redesign of this site, but it’s not the same. At work, I have this challenge, and it’s driving me nuts. It came from people who I don’t think understand what it will take to get it done, and even if I do it, I’m not sure that they’ll get how monumental the accomplishment is. Will I tell you what it is? Probably, if I pull it off.

Did you know that almost no one still uses Netscape 4.x? Anyone who still does has (hopefully) come to the realization that no one cares about the three of them and that sites will look really goofy for them. This is very good news for me. No more compensatiing for old, evil browsers (I will explain the “evil” in a minute) that don’t understand the gorgeousness that is CSS1 and 2, divs, spans and other neat-o things. Why is Netscape 4.x evil? It wasn’t evil when it came out. It was great when it first came out. I used it religiously for years. That last word contains the evil: years. It didn’t keep up with Internet Exploiter. It was fat and happy and didn’t bother keeping up, and people just kept right on using it, and those of us who build sites (and I do mean sites, if I had to list all of the thousands of pages I’ve built over the years, I just couldn’t) had to compensate by building these ugly table layouts with spacer gifs and wacky background images. No longer!! I have shuffled off my regret for those poor people using 4.x. Get with the times! You have alternatives of many flavors. Use Netscape 7, Mozilla, Phoenix, Chimera, Opera… all of which do edible jobs of supporting CSS and neat-o clean pages (in some cases, better than IE).

Ok, sorry, that was another rant. I don’t know what’s gotten in to me. I just can’t help it.

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By Kevin Lawver

Web developer, Software Engineer @ Gusto, Co-founder @ TechSAV, husband, father, aspiring social capitalist and troublemaker.