Art by Erika Taguchi-Newton

Friday, March 28, 2008

Quotes and Parenthesis Weirdness - Internet Explorer Issue

My Super Powers: Be Able to Find Bugs in Any Application

Give me any web application and I will break it or find weird issues. Let me demonstrate:

Here's an Internet Explorer issue I found recently, and this should be filed under weird. I have a table or a div with a set width. In IE, the text inside of it will wrap to the set width. If a word is too big it will resize to fit the word. But it will not wrap between quotes and parenthesis. See this oddity below (in IE):

Quotes without parenthesis:
"Hello there." Hello there.

Quotes with parenthesis (THE WEIRDNESS!):
"Hello there." (Hello there.)

Why? It does not make sense. If anyone finds the reason behind this, please let me know. It also does the same thing with the French quotes («») and other brackets ([] & {}).

But fear not, Citizens, there is a work around. The cure is a CSS tag "word-wrap". By default it is set to "normal". Change it to "word-wrap:break-word".


Quotes without parenthesis:
"Hello there." Hello there.

Quotes with parenthesis:
"Hello there." (Hello there.)

This one wasted an hour of my day today, trying to find the fix... Oh well, "with great power, comes great responsiblity."

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Buffy rules!

I can't believe it's been almost 3 weeks since my last post. I've been really busy with the home remodeling projects. Today was a crappy day (asthma attach, dead car battery, and a fender-bender!), but got something really awesome in the mail from my friend Dean. An autographed Buffy Sketchbook by an awesome artist, Georges Jeanty (link). I don't read too many comic books anymore but I picked up one few months ago because of the beautiful cover. And it was, of course, Buffy! Thanks Dean!

Autographed Buffy Sketchbook