Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

Work in progress...

A lot happened since the last ADxMenu post.

I was working further on the script, primarily looking for a way to work properly in IE 5.x on Windows. IE5 and IE6 are probably 98% of end-users, so this was my primary target, while keeping all CSS2-compliant browsers happy.

I had just finished version 1.5, when several things happened.

First, there was a huge discovery that IE 5, IE 5.5 and IE 6 can work side-by-side, which simplified testing. Then, Suckerfish dropdowns article appeared on ALA, which spurred excellent discussion about the possible problems and solutions.

Toni Anzlovar sent his take on nested menus, and someone posted Peter Nederlof’s script.

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…