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Display issue with Firefox/Windows

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ariadacapo's picture
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Hi,

Sometime ago I was contacted by someone having a display issue with Firefox 1.5.0.6 on Windows XP. The problem is the list items in the FAQs get narrower and narrower as we scroll down. He kindly took a screenshot so I could inspect the problem.
I had a go on the site with my mum's computer (WXP + Firefox 1.5.0.6) but could not reproduce the bug.

Here is the user's screenshot:

Anyone has any idea what went wrong and if we should investigate further?

Also, I take the opportunity to remind the html/css knowledgeable amongst you that the website looks quite horrible with IE. Today still 15% of visitors have IE, these are all potential converts... If you could help me out I would be extremely grateful.

Thanks very much

Olivier.

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Probably the reason why you

Probably the reason why you haven't gotten much help with this is because it is hard to fix up the site if you don't have IE at hand to constantly check your changes, even to someone who knows CSS quite well (and I'm no expert).

As bad as it sounds, one way to aid you in this would be to temporarily install IE on GNU/Linux which can be done with IEs4Linux. That page explains how. Of course, IE is proprietary software and this is definitely not a perfect solution, but as things stand there is no other way except if you'd have some Windows user constantly take screenshots and send them to you every time you make a change that could fix something. In that case you still indirectly use IE, at least have someone else use it.

You can't make a site look good in IE without using IE to make checks.

I used IEs4Linux too to make some improvements to Nuxified.org design too and uninstalled it afterwards.

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Oh btw, about that issue

Oh btw, about that issue with Firefox on WXP, if you can't reproduce the problem anywhere and noone else using Firefox has experienced it (and Firefox should render equally on both Windows and GNU/Linux) then it's possible that the user who has reported this had some internal problems or was possibly using IE instead of Firefox...

I don't know why would one have the problem and not anyone else...

It does seem though that the whole GGL CSS could use some reviewing...

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Thanks for the help

Thanks for the help libervisco.

I will install IEs4Linux on my machine (agree with you on the balance on proprietary software) and work on it. What I most need though is a web reference of known IE display bugs and their hacks. The code is good now, so display can only be improved the ugly way =)

There is some great project on that thanks to nwrman's work now. I think we can do it Smiling

As for the Ffx problem, it seems indeed if it's not reproducible by anyone, that it's not worth working on. There are more important issues at present...

libervisco's picture
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No problem. Great to see

No problem. Great to see nwrman helping out. Great work guys!

AndrewB's picture
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Stupid IE! Make it hard for

Stupid IE! Make it hard for web developers.

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now on GNU/Linux

Now this is happening on the "Why not Windows?" page on Firefox 1.5 on GNU/Linux.

ariadacapo's picture
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nasty bug

oh, this is such a nasty bug!

Thanks for pointing this out, a thing. I cannot reproduce it however hard I try.
Does it happen when you refresh the page as well? Does clearing or disabling the cache help?

This seems to be related to list-items but even while deliberately writing errors, I cannot obtain a similar display - very annoying. The page is still completely valid (HTML+CSS).

If anyone can suggest anything, I am quite desperate!

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Everything looks good to me

Everything looks good to me actually. I am not sure what's the problem now. I'm using Firefox 1.5.0.7.

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