Welcome

This is my poky little corner of the Internet. Originally started in 1999 (my website that is, not the Internet) it took on many forms – until 2005, when I lost enthusiasm for my own Internet presence and simply stopped updating it.

This is my (not quite as successful as I’d hoped) attempt at getting some of that enthusiasm back. Enjoy!

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Xinha – hidden editors do not initialise correctly

As most web developers will know, there’s a plethora of tools out there on the Web that can provide What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editing capabilities within web browsers.

My weapon of choice in this arena has always been Xinha – pronounced Xena (like the Warrior Princess) – mainly because the editor itself is very configurable and easily integrates into my custom Content Management platform.

I came across an issue this morning however, where having multiple instances of the Xinha editor on a single web page – with some of the instances initially hidden, caused problems. When the hidden editors were made visible, they didn’t work properly – they were frozen and did not respond to mouse or keyboard input.

I’ve come up with a quick workaround that gets around the problem without requiring much in the way of recoding.

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Poor UX and Internet Explorer 9

I could wax lyrical here about how terrible Internet Explorer was (and is.)

However, in all honesty, Internet Explorer 9 (and the current release version, IE 10) is so far ahead of it’s predecessors that it would be a waste of bandwidth to criticise it extensively. The sooner that those who insist on using IE upgrade to 9/10, the better.

Nevertheless, I found myself having to clear the browser cache in Internet Explorer 9 just the other day. I dutifully brought up the relevant option dialog, seen here:

Oh dear. All of these options – except the first one – require you to tick the box to delete those files from the browser’s cache. The first option requires you to tick the box if you want to keep the files.

It could be worse – the first option is separated from the others by a divider, but if you’re speed-reading (as I tend to, as I’m sure many others do) there’s very little indication that the tickboxes mean different things.

At least there’s nothing there that constitutes a disaster if the data is deleted, I suppose.