Site Upgrade v1.6

2008.02.25 Site Upgrade v1.6

or: How I Still Worry and Hate Internet Explorer

It’s been longer than I wanted in making some (mostly) cosmetic and programmatic changes to the site. Since last week was finals preparation for my students and this week is all tests, my classes are dramatically decreased, so I thought I’d take some time to spice things up.

I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, my God, the sidebar is on the left!”

Well, yes, it is. But that’s not all. Here are some of the other changes:

  • Massive changes to the About page with widgets, pictures and a rewrite.
  • Fixed formatting issues in Explorer so now the columns display properly. This has been bugging me for awhile.
  • Added Fancy Zoom, nifty little javascript image zoomer. Click the polaroid above to see it in action.
  • Archives and search results now display headlines only so you can quickly and easily scan the content.
  • Links are now highlighted in a light red, making them easier to see and moving towards a more info-centric navigation.
  • Changed the Flickr feed in the sidebar.
  • Now using FeedBurner to track my RSS feed.
  • Added a favicon (the icon in the URL bar).
  • Cleaned up the footer links.
  • Inter-post navigation better formatted.
  • Cleaned the code up and added some comments. Rewrote much of the CSS.
  • Minor color changes to unify the overall design.
  • Last, but not least, the top banner now says ‘Version 1.6’. Yeah!

As totally suspected, it took hours and hours to properly style everything for IE, the bane of a web designer. IE interprets some of the positioning elements differently than, well, every other browser. IE is a pile of crap. There, I said it.