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Background Problem in IE

  • Jul. 22nd, 2008 at 9:36 PM

This one's got me stumped. I switched anti_aol's layout to one of grrliz's styles recently and it's awesome IMO but it has always had this one problem in IE 6 that you can also see here. The gray box around the inner container is not caused by any background color that I can see in the style sheet - unless I'm just plain goin' blind. So I cannot fathom what's doing it. (I'll take a wild guess though it's the positioning of alpha and beta causing some sort of "gutter" to form in IE 6 - if I'm wrong, oh well).

I know people still use IE 6 at home and especially in work environments so I would like to get this working in IE 6 if I can. Any ideas?

Also, for the last week or two someone has been spamming every post I ever made in this community with links to their web-hosting company and related CSS help pages (are they trying to tell me something?) so I'm screening comments now on all posts I've made in s2expressive. I'll leave comments open on this one until El Spam-Me-o starts in again. :)

Oh, and I forgot to mention I don't want the subtitle laying on top of my posts like that either but no matter how I code it I can't get it to stay where it belongs in IE 6 without messing up how it looks in another browser.

I also forgot to say the first time around it's got other problems in IE 6 besides the two I mentioned but I think it would take all day to get through them, and I don't really want to bother - if I could get just the first problem solved I'd be more than happy.

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av8rmike
Jul. 23rd, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
I don't have IE6 here so I'll have to check when I get to work. grrliz takes the sane way out and simply refuses to support IE6 any more; I can't say I disagree with her.
Are comments coming from anonymous users? I think I can disable that...
EDIT: By which, I mean that commenting is now only enabled for registered users. Frankly, it never seemed to be an issue before.

Edited at 2008-07-23 04:01 am (UTC)
anti_aol
Jul. 23rd, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Well, thanks for making that change. Yes, it was an anonymous user (or users, I have no idea) spamming my posts.

Edited at 2008-07-23 05:11 am (UTC)
av8rmike
Jul. 23rd, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
IE6 doesn't support alpha channel rendering (transparency) in PNGs, which is what Liz used to make all of those rounded graphics.
Test page

I poked around, but the only solutions I could find were ugly IE-proprietary hacks or JavaScript, neither of which are likely to work on LJ.
anti_aol
Jul. 23rd, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
I know that IE doesn't support alpha channel rendering but it never occurred to me that Liz used it on those graphics, since I'm not really sure what alpha channel rendering is or what it looks like (I've never used Photoshop a day in my life, as you might guess; using Paint.NET is as close to real "photoshopping" as I ever come). I tried the backslash hack to override the background color for IE only (not knowing that probably wouldn't solve the problem anyway) and for my efforts LJ kicked my CSS out of their proxy with a "suspect CSS...illegal backslash" warning. Yee-haw. I guess IE 6 and AOL users will just have to live with it...but thanks for solving the mystery of what was doing that - I was honestly at a loss to explain it.
anti_aol
Jul. 23rd, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
By the way, thanks for this link:

http://www.w3.org/Graphics/PNG/inline-alpha.html

But IE 6 is passing the test it gives - on my computer, anyway. What the...?

Edited at 2008-07-23 08:17 pm (UTC)
av8rmike
Jul. 23rd, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
That is strange, as both fail spectacularly on my IE6...
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