I’ve just discovered that the rounded-corners issue, which I battled with in the past and gave up on, has been solved, neatly and nicely, in CSS.
Rounded corners on boxes have been with us on many websites for a while now. Look at WordPress. Boxes have slightly rounded corners. Another beautiful feature is the drop-shadow and fuzzy edges effect on boxes. Both gorgeous. It makes a website look 3D, malleable, real. Not just flat.
After playing around with P’kaboo’s dropdown and branchout menus, I decided that the current look of sharp corners is crisper. And after all, crispy reads is what we offer, not fluffy reads. We like cliff-hangers and ragged-edged humour in our books, and try to steer away from the stuff that makes you reach for the tissue-box (or the bucket).
So there was only one page I updated with some rounded corners.
And behold: It works in all browsers … except Internet Explorer 8 and older!
Other browsers have backwardly fixed their old versions. Other browsers were more on-the-ball with updating their css-support. Sure, for corners and for fuzzy edges you may have to add -webkit- or -moz- prefixes to make sure it works in some older versions, but the prefixes are there. For IE, there’s nothing.
So for the first time in 2 years I find myself in the position again of having to write a redirect page (and I have to admit, the redirect-code has become easier – possibly more web developers experiencing the same gripes?). Our links page (www.pkaboo.net/linkspg.html) with its rounded corners decomposes on IE 8 and older. Doesn’t only not have rounded corners; literally comes apart. URGHH! I redirect it to “www.pkaboo.net/linksIE.html” with a dire warning to the user of the old browser. I have to solve this problem in my mind and then upload the solution so that the page can at least look as pretty as its standard counterpart, even though the code is not the same. (It also doesn’t handle the link css. So our little green boxes decompose into a heap of naked text.)
If you are still using an old Internet Explorer, please consider updating it, or better: Download Firefox or Google Chrome (Chromium if you’re on Linux, but you won’t have the same IE headache in any case if you’re on Linux because you’re not using IE).
It just brings it home to me how spoilt I’ve become, snug on my Ubuntu (a version of Linux) with all programs being freeware, and most functions as good if not better than Windows. And: No viruses. None. At all. It’s been quiet around these parts. Touch wood.