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Unbelievable frustration - semi self-inflicted

By February 5, 2007 No Comments

“What did you do with your Waitangi long weekend, Uncle Daniel?”

Well, nieces and nephews, I spent most of my weekend sitting in front of the computer because Old Grandpa Davies from Auckland wanted a shop for his web site and (me being me) I thought that would be a good opportunity to fix a few issues that had been bugging me with the site since it went live last year.

Of course, the result was that I introduced a few more issues while taking care of the old ones, and foolishly didn’t start testing in Internet Explorer 6 until after the design work was finished. Imagine how I felt at 4 o’clock this morning when I found that something was dreadfully badly broken in IE only. About 75% of our customers, maybe more, use IE so this would be a bad thing.

I decided to sleep on it for a couple of hours and have a fresh crack at it this morning. A long time later, and several aborted attempts at a solution further on, I finally work out that moving the important piece of javascript from the header to the bottom of the body will fix it. Yup, in IE this particular piece of javascript has to load last and every other browser on the planet deals with it. Man, this sh*t drives me batsh*t insane! And the entire world economy is going to be running on this gaffer taped rubbish by the end of the decade.

I’ve got quite a bit of, er, finessing to do but the guts of it is done now so I’ll put my feet up for a bit and watch a DVD and then catch up on last night’s lost sleep. Big cricket day tomorrow, as well finishing the Academy shop to the client’s satisfaction.

Also managed to miss my Capital Times deadline (bummer) so there’ll be a bumper review in next week. and I’m being dive-bombed by moths — what’s that about?