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<< Feb 2, 2006 @ 22:04 >>

Ok, so you know when you create a CSS-based web layout using the float style? And you've got some container with navigation floating left, and then you content floats after that... and sometimes the content in too wide, and the content float drops down under your nav float... since floats are liquid and that's what they do? Isn't that annoying? Why is it that is seems to happen in IE6 when it doesn't happen elsewhere?

Well, we develop on Macs at work, and we don't check every single page in IE6 all the time. The non-design type people are all using PCs and IE6, so when this float problem happens they'll come to us developers and say, "the page is broken" or "the page is screwed up" or "something is wrong with the page" or some such variation of something. And we'll be like "what do you mean 'broken?'" and load it up in Firefox or Safari and it will be fine. And they'll say, "it doesn't look like that on my computer!" At which time, of course it clicks, and we check it out in IE6.

I think it needs to be named something as to avoid all the confusion and just get straight to the problem. I suggest calling it "dropping a float" since that's pretty much what is happening.

Of course, "dropping a float" certainly may invoke a few giggles when people perhaps make the association with "floaters." You know... poop.

Which brings me to the point of this whole post. Since the problem is called "dropping a float," I think if you caused the problem because you didn't check your page in IE6, then you "forgot to flush."

That's right, if your floats are falling below your navigation and you don't know it, you forgot to flush.

Kids: Remember to flush!

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February 2, 2006 @ 23:23:02

bettie.pngjmullan (#1015)

oh crap

February 3, 2006 @ 00:38:34

chimp.pngpaularms (#1017)

I'll remember to flush when you put more ram in my computer so that I can actually run Virtual PC at a speed faster than a Pentium II can. Wait... Can a Pentium II run XP?... (that's my point)

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