Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

Centered, framed layout

Recently I come up with one interesting layout, which proved quite useful. I needed to simulate good old frames, but using CSS over semantic markup. Basic goals:

  • liquid layout

  • totally centered (both ways) on the page, with possibility of custom margin

  • possibility to add static footer

  • no limit on scrollable columns/rows

I looked at excellent resources about CSS frames and centered and/or fixed positioning, all available on the net, but none really suited my needs. Either lacking or way too complicated. So, here is mine - centered framed layout.

I tested it and it works in NN7.1, Firefox 0.9, Camino 0.8, WinIE 5.01+, Opera 7.51, Safari 1.2. I tested it and it fails in IE5/Mac (horribly) and Opera 6 (less horrible). Both can be circumvented, but I don’t need that. So, let me indulge myself and explain how it works…

Best vacation ever

This was one probably the best vacation I ever head. Sea su*ks. Mountain ruleZ! Never in my life I felt so refreshed after such a short break. Just 9 days of hill hiking was enough to charge my batteries over the top.

I have so much ideas what I wanna do, that I have no idea when I’m gonna finish all that. :)

I wanted to post photos, but I realized I don’t have good place for them here. I’m thinking about changin' the host, changin' the blog tool, changin' the design (not because everyone else did, mind you)… What’s keeping me from all of that is that there are plenty of commercial work that piled up, as well as ugly, choking Belgrade air that kills my work entuisiasm.

In the meantime, I’m working on next version of ADxMenu. How the things are going, it seems like I’m trying to do the impossible…

Summer vacation in sight

Ok, I’m (almost) off.

After several years, I’ll finally have two weeks of holiday. Two weeks in one piece! Hehe. Just in case I don’t get myself into some kind of work, I’ll spend 8 days on the mountain of Zlatibor, with no computer and no mobile.

Total switch-off.


First few days I’ll be going to Pirot (my home town) to see my parents and to be present on my mom’s birthday. Again, with no computer access - company' iBook will stay in the office this time.

When I’m back, I hope I will have some new things to offer…like next version of ADxMenu which still eludes me. More precisely, the PoC is getting the best of me, for now.

I hate this thing called IE

I really, really hate Internet Explorer. It’s such a bug-infested piece of crap (PoC) that it’s constantly ripping my nerves.

Idiotic, take 1: IIS 5, ASP, and IE, over SSL
  1. I read set of user messages from database. Those messages needs to be displayed as JS’s alerts, so I create a JS file and save it from ASP, using FileSystemObject.

  2. I have a set of constants kept in the database that I need in JS. So I create another .js file and save it

  3. In order to save HTTP requests, I combine those two files and save the result as final .js file

  4. When this file is loaded over HTTP all is fine.

  5. When loaded over SSL, The PoC never figures out that it has downloaded the file and keeps downloading nothing forever!

  6. Take the final .js file, load in anything (even Notepad), save it and behold the miracle - work even in IE.

  7. Do I need to tell that this does not happen with any other browser?

Idiotic, take 2: IIS 5 HTTP compression, IE
  1. HTTP compression is damn good thing. IIS5 has gzip flavor of it. IE supports it.

  2. Enable the compression and watch with horror how IE chokes with compressed files coming from IIS.

  3. Do I need to tell that this does not happen with any other browser?

Idiotic, take 3: any HTTP compression, IE
  1. If you have HTTP compression enabled, and you surf the site that use it with IE, from time to time you will have random Javascript errors popping-up. Sometimes several times a day, sometimes once a week. Random!

  2. Do forced refresh (Ctrl + F5) on that page and all works normally.

  3. Do I need to tell that this does not happen with any other browser?

Idiotic, take 4 - infinite

In no particular order…

  1. PNG alpha transparency broken.

  2. Broken float model.

  3. Missing text, aka Peek-a-boo.

  4. Pseudo-element extra-space needed.

  5. Duplicate character with adjacent floats.

  6. Broken margins on floats.

  7. Phantom box.

  8. 3px text jog.

  9. Missing first-letter.

  10. Creeping text.

  11. Doubling margin on floats.

  12. Float boxes running-away.

  13. Ignoring font-sizes inside of tables.

  14. Missing images if saved in Mac’s Photoshop 7.

  15. Not caching images loaded from CSS, thus introducing flicker (really annoying over SSL).

  16. Randomly loose images loaded from CSS, without realizing that.

  17. Not supporting the best thing that ever happened to web design: CSS2 selectors.

  18. Not supporting DOM2 Events.

  19. Not supporting position:fixed.

  20. Not being able to resize the only true screen measurement unit: pixels.

  21. Not supporting max-width and min-width.

  22. Not supporting :hover on any element. Count here all other pseudo-classes.

  23. Not being able to prototype existing HTML elements

  24. z-index phone book. I know. I hate every one of you responsible for this behavior. MS or other.

  25. Not giving “document ready” state when .swf file is missing and loaded with object tag (thus all your window.onload scripts never execute).

This is not the full list. Just things that troubles me almost every day.