Why Degrade Gracefully?

I got thinking today, as I near roll out of an internal helpdesk app heavily using jQuery, why we bother to degrade our scripts so they work without javascript. I get it: some people have javascript disabled in their browser… but my question is this: so what? Javascript is a

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IE: Sucking Hard Since Version 5

This code (extracted from a javascript file) works in every major browser except IE (including IE8): $(‘a[rel*=fancybox]’).fancybox({ ‘frameWidth’ : 500, ‘frameHeight’ : 465, ‘hideOnContentClick’ : false, ‘centerOnScroll’ : true, }); This is the fix: $(‘a[rel*=fancybox]’).fancybox({ ‘frameWidth’ : 500, ‘frameHeight’ : 465, ‘hideOnContentClick’ : false, ‘centerOnScroll’ : true }); See the

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ACID3, Safari 3, Opera 10, Take 2

And so the real race begins. Yesterday, Opera software announced via blog post that their post Opera 9.5 builds are passing the ACID3 test. Cool! But alas, the Webkit team – who really have a great track record of being successful with bleeding edge, one upped them by not only

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Acid 3 on Webkit Nightly

The Acid 2 test has, for a few years now, been the de facto test for your browser’s CSS capabilities. The Acid test, fewer people know, is not really about conforming to standards – passing it does not make your browser standards compliant or complete, so it’s best to understand

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The Fifteen Percent Rule

As a general rule, 15% of any online community is comprised of ninnies, fools, and jerks. On some sites, this percentage is much higher, and for others, it’s slightly lower. But every community has them and too often, they are impossibly loud and attention seeking. On the whole, I find

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Bloglines Beta Ain’t Doin’ It For Me

Bloglines has been pushing their new beta site, beta.bloglines.com, and are already reporting many satisfied users. The new site is very attractive and much more modern looking, but do not count me among the satisfied. The new beta, as far as I’m concerned, is just a second rate Google Reader.

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I Switched to Safari 3

I really did not expect to ever post something like this, but it’s true: I switched to Safari 3. I love Camino, really I do. But recently, its limitations have been bothering me. I prefer my tabs in a very specific order and often I have several tabs open. If

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Web Server Logs.

I was just glancing over my web server logs, and I found that this month, the stats for my domain have changed a bit, no doubt due to the OSNews Staff Blog. The thing is, it’s still curous. Let’s examine: WIN 13922 60.6 % Windows XP 12513 54.5 % Windows

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Internet Explorer Sucks

I spent about an hour troubleshooting why a stupid popup window wouldn’t work in IE. I tried everything – I renamed the window. I added “void” to the var in the js function calling it. I moved the script inline, and then to a separate script page. I tried everythng,

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