Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

Towards smaller download

I have used this version of ADxMenu at the commercial web site I’m working on, where it has proven its abilities. It is tested in IE5+ and Mozilla Firebird 0.7 on Windows and it works like a charm. Opera 7.22 is still too-buggy and I’m ingnoring it for time being.

Rules for building HTML and CSS has changed once more, so bear with me.

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.