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Book Description

In an industry that communicates with terms such as "Browser Hell" and "browser wars," a web designer can be excused for having some anxiety over Microsoft's recent upgrade of Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) to Internet Explorer 7 (IE7). Web designers should ask the following questions:

  • What problems does IE6 possess and what fixes does IE7 provide?

  • What part of the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) specification does IE7 for Windows support?

  • How can web designers work around any problems that exist within IE7's support for CSS?

  • While web designers are testing their designs on the latest browser, how fast will IE7 be adopted by their client's audience?

This Short Cut attempts to answer these questions to allow web designers a smoother transition to IE7 and, hopefully, an escape from Browser Hell.

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Table of Contents

  1. Browser Wars
  2. Flaws in IE6
  3. Fixes in IE7
    1. IE7’s Box Model
    2. IE7’s CSS Bug Fixes
  4. What You Won’t Find In IE7
    1. Missing CSS 3 Support
  5. Hacks and Workarounds with IE7
    1. Managing Browsers
    2. Delivering the Correct Style Sheet to the Correct Browser
  6. Example Design: Planets Go BOOM!
    1. PNGs Floating in Space
    2. Moving with Background Attachment
    3. Block-Level Rollovers
    4. Selectors for Paragraph Formatting
    5. Building to the Past
  7. Figuring Out the Adoption Rate of IE7
    1. Refining the Question
    2. Finding the Answer
    3. Analysis of the Data
    4. Call to Action: What’s Your Number?
    5. Adoption Rates: Then and Now
  8. In Conclusion
  9. Further Resources