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All things considered, I had a purty darn tootin’ good night last night. The beer ran out, which is something I only barely considered in the lead-up to the party, but all was well. Incidentally, our house is a little trashed.

Tweaks here and there on has improved browser support overall… but the site is still plagued by brower inconsistencies. I’ve converted the top-left “calm blue ocean” graphic from PNG to JPG to better accommodate Internet goddamn Explorer’s shoddy PNG-24 support, while also halving the filesize. Everybody wins. Something else I’ve changed in the last day or two has improved IE/Win’s rendering of the site to no end, while simultaneously degrading presentation in Opera 7 (Windows). I wish I knew exactly what was causing that, but I guess only time will tell. A lot of browsers are having trouble with the whole display: inline thing, particularly when it comes to the list of links at the top of the page (currently only linking my blog and Fiona’s). Gecko browsers are still peachy.

Safari continues to enrage with its “Screw you Clarko, I can crash whenever I want” attitude and whatnot, so I plan to spend the next few hours combing through the code and finding exactly what the cause is. After that (or maybe during) I’m gonna go get some pizza.

Oh yeah

Since “combing through the code” for Safari’s problem requires fucking with the style sheet to a major degree, don’t expect this site to look even halfway decent for the next hour or so. I’m wiping the sheet clean and introducing style rules one by one until the browser-crash-inducing rule is rooted out. Have a nice day.

Bugs noted

Since this is, after all, a weblog I’ll commence my code-combing and document all the problems I run into. Here goes nothing:

  1. Complete disregard for the extremely simple a:link pseudo-element when an id is attached. Explicitly- a:link#header1{color: #FFF;} does nothing to style the link in question. It is quite possibly the only browser I know of to neglect this style.
  2. text-transform: lowercase causes an all-out Safari clusterfuck. That statement, and that statement alone, is the cause for my Safari headache. In fact any use of the text-transform style (with the exception of text-transform: none) causes the same problem. I’ve worked around the problem (ie- I changed “Decaffeinated” to “decaffeinated” on the site), and though it destroys much of the semantic correctness I hold so dear I am prepared to forfeit my capital D for now.
  3. Margins aren’t being applied to inline list items. This doesn’t really bother me so much, considering many browsers fail to display inline lists as being inline… but in this case a half-assed implementation is probably more crippling (to the user) than no implementation at all.

After all that, now displays in Safari! No more crashes, and only a few appearance glitches. Bugs have been reported to Apple, and I’m looking forward to future beta releases. Still… Safari won’t make its way into my heart until it loses the god-awful brushed-metal look, and since that’s not going to happen I’m sticking to Camino. Now for that pizza…

In Inverno

The days certainly are getting shorter, and I’m unsure of how to react to the approaching Winter. It’ll be my first in this house, a house without a fireplace or heater of any kind, so I’m a little apprehensive. Woolen blankets will be greatly appreciated.

As I’m sure many of you are aware, the Cricket World Cup Final is on TV at this very moment. This doesn’t excite me greatly, since I have no appreciation of the game, but there are five or six extremely loud drunken yobs in my living room right now; chanting and yelling at the TV every few seconds. Winter, of course, will put an end to the cricket season; but then begins football season. I’m amazed that someone as weedy and particularly nerdy as Garth (who played D&D and Warhammer when he was a kid) is so sports-crazy. He’s not your typical Aussie bloke either (considering he’s English… by birth at least) so I really wonder where the influence comes from.

Now, I go to pick up my large deep-pan Meatlovers pizza from the ‘Hut.