1px can be a big deal-breaker

It’s funny reading the back and forth on a couple of WordPress.com support threads and a bugzilla thread for Firefox as people try to blame FF for not rendering a workaround of an IE display bug in the style sheet for the default WordPress theme “correctly”.

The footer seems to be displayed one pixel to the left in IE 6 (probably a box model bug) so the “fix” was to add one pixel of left padding to the footer, thus forcing it over to the right. But then FF is now mis-aligned, since it was rendering it properly. (or rather started rending it properly sometime around 1.5 alpha)

I’ve hacked the css of the blog I’m setting up for a friend of mine to deal with the issue. It’s a quick and dirty hack (looks a bit like the box-model hack, actually) until I have some time to take a look at the theme files (and compare them to a “fixed” version of the theme someone has already released) to try and deduce what’s really going on.

(In all honesty, that will probably be “never”)

Still, I found it funny reading. If you would like to play along, enter the following terms into the google search engine: “firefox kubrick footer pixel shift ”

Whoa! Hooloovoo posted a new blog entry?! No way!

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One thought on “1px can be a big deal-breaker”

  1. lol. Back and forth? I don’t think “run your upgrade script”, or “It must be an ISP issue, do Ctrl+F5” is much of a debate. Sounds a lot like “I don’t see the problem therefore you must be doing something stupid” to me. 🙂 At least it gets admitted in the end, even if there is no real resolution.

    Whats bad though, is that there was no comment in the CSS file indicating that the 1px was a hack to fix a specific problem (to allow other people to find and remove it later if the problem was fixed)…

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