Posts Tagged Internet Explorer

Son of Suckerfish dropdown menu displaying behind other DIVs in IE6

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Did you ever get one of those days when no matter what you do or try, nothing seems to work for you?

Well I had one of those days today – a site we are currently working on was giving all of us heartache, so I decided to get my hands dirty and give the lads a dig out.

It was a strange one, we use the Son of Suckerfish method for most of our websites that use drop down menus. Suckerfish is a great way to have a dropdown menu work purely with CSS alone. The only javascript required is approximately 8 lines of code and it’s only there to support non-standard compliant browsers such as Internet Explorer.

All was well and good with this new site until of course it was tested in Internet Explorer 6. For some odd reason the drop down menus were appearing behind other divs on the page and therefore you couldn’t see them. After hours of trying many different things from the z-index to positioning, we couldn’t find a suitable solution. Most solutions would have meant rewriting the HTML code to suit. This was something we didn’t really want to think about as it was only happening in one browser… IE6.

Thankfully I found a great little solution to the issue on a blog (sorry the blog address escaped me now) – it was another few lines of code:

function reIndex(){
forms = document.forms
zi = 2000;
cn = document.getElementsByTagName(‘div’);

for (n=0;n<cn.length;n++){
cn[n].style.zIndex=zi–;
}
}

You just need to call the function from the body tag onload and voila.

This basically reindexes all the divs on your page so that IE6 doesn’t fall on it’s face when you give it something to do that it’s not capable of doing!

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IEdr is broken on IE

I’ve been using IE8 now for the past week. Somethings are starting to annoy me and then there are other things I love. For example the line numbered view source option is great, but the le that it’s supposed to be faster is bugging me the most.

A few sites seem to have fallen foul to the update – most notably the IEDR websitewww.iedr.ie. Try navigate the drop down menus in IE8, it’s really frustrating, in fact, impossible.

Having trouble with www.ros.ie too, not sure if that’s related to IE8 though because they were recently updating their site.

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Internet Explorer 8 (IE8)… so far, so good

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I’ve been reading all the dreaded reports that the new Internet Explorer 8 seems to be causing havoc on some people’s machines. But I have to say, I’ve been using it for most of the day and haven’t had an issue yet.

I don’t really see much difference, although the improvements are well documented on Microsoft‘s website – http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/features/overview.aspx?tabid=1&catid=1

Thankfully, they’ve cleared up the issues from the beta version that rendered a lot of sites useless – I wrote about this before, you can read the article here – Internet Explorer 8 Beta

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Statcounter.com browser usage update – FireFox still losing

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Statcounter.com have released their latest browser usage statistics after the release of Google Chrome. Global statistics show Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox have lost users to Google Chrome. The US stats show some interesting statistics, with IE gaining in users to the tune of 4% and Chrome gaining by just under 1%. Overall though, Firefox still appears to be the biggest loser.

Global Stats – Browser Usage
IE Firefox Safari Chrome Other
Sep 01 66.92% 25.26% 2.99% n/a 4.84%
change
Sep 02* 67.58% 24.36% 2.91% n/a 5.06%
change 0.66% (0.90%) (0.08%) n/a 0.22%
Sep 03 67.81% 23.54% 2.70% 1.11% 4.87%
change 0.23% (0.82%) (0.21%) 1.11% (0.19%)
Sep 04 68.59% 23.20% 2.56% 1.16% 4.51%
change 0.78% (0.34%) (0.14%) 0.05% (0.36%)
Sep 05 68.44% 23.22% 2.56% 1.12% 4.66%
change (0.15%) 0.02% 0.00% (0.04%) 0.15%
Sep 06 65.46% 25.43% 2.81% 1.16% 5.14%
change (2.98%) 2.21% 0.25% 0.04% 0.48%
Sep 07 63.15% 26.69% 3.02% 1.18% 5.96%
change (2.31%) 1.26% 0.21% 0.02% 0.82%
Sep 08 65.89% 24.46% 2.69% 1.10% 5.86%
change 2.74% (2.23%) (0.33%) (0.08%) (0.10%)
Sep 09 66.27% 24.17% 2.66% 1.07% 5.83%
change 0.38% (0.29%) (0.03%) (0.03%) (0.03%)
Sep 10 66.28% 24.31% 2.62% 1.05% 5.75%
change 0.01% 0.14% (0.04%) (0.02%) (0.08%)
Sep 11 66.67% 23.95% 2.59% 1.02% 5.77%
change 0.39% (0.36%) (0.03%) (0.03%) 0.02%
Total Change (0.25%) (1.31%) (0.40%) 1.02% 0.93%

More statistics and information on Statcounter.com’s blog – http://blog.statcounter.com/2008/09/chrome-latest-stats-globalusuk/

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FireFox losing users to Google Chrome

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Google Chrome has only been in the wild a few days now, but it already seems to be impacting on FireFox‘s user base.

Browser usage stats from around the globe seem to have an overwhelming similarity. Internet Explorer grows its user base as does Google Chrome, while FireFox seems to be losing users.

Here are some examples:

http://blog.statcounter.com/2008/09/chrome-whos-losing
http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2008/09/08/early-stats-google-chrome-hurts-firefox-not-ie/

As I mentioned in my first post about Google Chrome, I don’t see many joe soaps installing it.

The next question is, how many geeks will use it over Firefox in the long run? I would hazard a guess… very little.

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