this evening with a few questions about webservers. He's having to write
one for a project he's working on at work (to basically stream MP3s to a
software component they don't have the source code to and it wants
to talk to a webserver before it'll play an MP3).
Talk then shifted to the journal and the new layout I'm working on. Okay,
so I'm following the Upgrade Campaign Jeffrey Zeldman is
spearheading and I've done my part, using HTML 4.01 strict and CCS (importing it on the sly so
Netscape 4x doesn't crash). But Mark runs Windows NT at 640x480 (yes, he
really does. Surprised me when he first mentioned it) and the page isn't
laying out as intented—two columns side by side. Instead the right side
is slipping down below the left, giving it a somewhat weird look. Spring reported the
same thing. I made the font smaller (in fact, I specified it, whereas
before I didn't) but Mark was still having problems with layout and
expressed dismay that it did that.
I told him that was the result of using a liquid layout, but he asked if
there was anything that could be done to stop that. Funny, coming from a
guy who isn't a web designer and usually could care less how a site looks.
At least the site is readable, if a bit funky at low resolutions.
He then mentioned that it should be possible to get the screen size of the
client browser, but I'm not aware of anything the browser sends to the
server that would allow me to determine that. Mark assured me that it was
possible, but in the years I've been doing web programming (okay, mostly
backend stuff with little reguard to the visual display of pages) I haven't
heard of that at all.
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