Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

Multiple IE version on one machine

Stop the press!

Joe Maddalone has stumbled upon something that could easily be one of the most important helpers to all web developers.

For years we were able to test our work in various browsers while developing, simply installing them into different directories. For all but Internet Explorer on Windows, which allowed only one version to run.

As of now, this is history.

Joe has a whole write-up on his page how he managed this.

Update: Joe is enhancing his explanations, as well as adding tutorials. I removed my feeble attempt to make a backup copy of instructions as new informations appear daily.

Next IE will finally be standard-compliant

It looks like IE 7, better known as Longhorn, will support current standards like XHTML and CSS. If you checkout first looks at next version of Visual Studio, you`ll see that target schema list now includes XHTML 1.0 (all three flavors). For comparison, current version (2003) goes only up to IE 5.0.

Further more, MS promises that all code Whidbey would generate will be fully XHTML compliant and it will meet accessibility guidelines. More over, it will have built-in validators for both with error explanation.

Other features include Tag Navigator (looks very similar to one seen today in Dreamweaver), better template editing (those grids will finally be usable) and (yes! give us mercy!) they don’t enforce the use of FrontPage Extensions.

Along with promised feature that it will not touch existing HTML code, this will finally be usable Microsoft product for web development.

We only have to wait several years and IE will be where Mozilla, Safari, Opera and other modern browsers are today. Yipi.

Escape to fantasy

With all the web work currently on my head, I don’t have time to read as much as I want to. Actually, I didn’t read a single line in more than a month. And I’m one book away from completing the opus of Raymond E. Feist (published up to now).

Ray wrote dozens of novels about the fantasy world called Midkemia which resembles Earth in a great deal. It all starts with The Riftwar Saga, with Elfs and Dwarves (very similar to Tolkien’s), as well as demons, giants, trolls, many races of mens, wizards, goblins and other wonderfull characters and races. After reading all that Tolkien ever wrote, I find that Raymond comes very, very close.

Tolkien wrote with great detail, created languages and history for his races. While not that thorough, Raymond offers incredible story-telling depth. With each novell (or better said, with each cycle of novells) his worlds are offering more, and deeper secrets, that were only hinted in the previous books, are revealed. Something Tolkien never really got to (I wish he could live 5 centuries).

River of Gagajin

You won’t find a better fantasy world today. Of all the books Raymond wrote, I have few favorites. Rage of the Demon King, 3rd part of Serpentwar Saga is my highlight. Featuring almost all of the characters of the previous books, it gives answers to many questions raised in previous ones, good deal of characters that spaned several books dies, and everything falls apart. And rises. Still gives me thrills.

In colaboration with Janny Wurts, he wrote Empire trilogy, a master-piece in story development. Ray’s first trilogy, published in first half of the 80’s deals with Midkemia people being attacked by unknown nation from another planet called Tsuranni. In those books, we only get a glimpse of invader’s strange culture.

In Empire, published in the mid-90’s, we get to see the other side. These books are solely based on Tsuranni and other fantastic races on this world, with astonishing connection points to moments described in the Riftwar saga. Janny’s books are next on my fantasy target list.

I hope I will find time to read The King’s Buccaneer soon, and start digging through The Wars of Light and Shadow…

Ad(un)Sens(ibl)e

I first heard about AdSense few days ago, while crusing through daily blogs. Finally an ad-punching technology that actually gives you ads you are interested in.

I signed up, received confirmation in 24h and placed it online. Their script dynamically insert one iFrame to the page and writes ads in it. This script caused my Firebird 0.6 and 0.6.1 to sometimes (too often to ignore) write whole page in white, with an error

google_write_tracker is not defined

I wrote to Google support team and was pleased to receive the quick answer. Not the one I was expecting though. They were unable to see the problem and recommended me to upgrade to 0.6.1 (I was using 0.6 then). I did, problem persisted.

I could choose. Remove AdSense or change the script myself. I really didn’t want to remove AdSense (they were not given proper chance yet) so I downloaded the script and changed the offending Line 92 to this:

if (typeof(google_write_tracker) != "undefined")

   google_write_tracker('noiframe');

Original script did not have typeof check. This is possibly Mozilla/Firebird problem, and someone else will have to check that out.

I’m happy now. Please report if the page goes all white again.