Bringing a tear to my eye

2005-11-23 00:49:00

Today I had the unique opportunity to do a little work on OSAF's main application, Chandler, which is rapidly approaching its 0.6 release.

The little pop-up box that displays when you select the "About Chandler" option in the help menu, as it turns out, is rendered from an HTML file, so I was asked to to a little tweaking to make it look a bit nicer.

The joy in this is that the HTML rendering capabilities we're talking about are for HTML 3.2 -- circa Netscape Navigator or IE version 3.

Felt kind of nostolgic, reaching down into the ol' toolbox and blowing the dust off the hoary old "single-pixel transparent GIF" trick to get stuff to space right. Almost brought a tear to my eye.

Actually, what really made me want to cry was all the hideoous embedded font tags. The horror.

It was nice to take that trip down memory lane, but I'd never want to go back there to live. As broken as the current CSS spacing and alignment model is, it beats the hell out of that.


This is the blog for Matthew Eernisse. I currently work at Yammer as a developer, working mostly with JavaScript. All opinions expressed here are my own, not my employer's.


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