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zimzat
zimzat
My mood is angsty, and I'm not pleased with IE/FF
My mood is about to play (is playing?) havok with my music's score system.

I'm very annoyed at IE for a lack of half-decent support for CSS standards, especially when it comes to absolute positioning. It looks very much like I'm going to have to do away with the absolute window size in Imperial Kingdoms, and I've always felt that's bene one of the big things that gave it a familiarity to Xenocide. I either need to find a way to make it work or make a new interface design, probably one that supports full-browser. ... But it just doesn't look like that's very workable with the mini-pane, three star maps, and the main pane.

I'm going to be pouting and just generally angsting for a while.

Current Mood: stressed stressed
Current Music: Something, my mood just can't stand much

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raist_ From: raist_ Date: August 25th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate specified pixel sizes on my windows.

Why not just use %'s?

Or did I completely miss what you're griping about?
zimzat From: zimzat Date: August 25th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
The game is normally played in a 640x480px popup window. In that window are five different information panes (iframes) and three different sets of navigation buttons. There are three star maps (Quadrants, Star Systems, and Planets) each 105x105px (each tile is 15x15). Then there is the info pane that is 145x230px. Lastly is the main pane that is 450x328px. As you can see, screen real estate is very limited. The font has to be exactly a certain size (or smaller) or it looks horrible.

I can't use percents or 'em' because everyone's default browser font size varies. Firefox's default font size (in Linux) looks smaller than IE's default font size (in Linux and Windows), and then you can set your default font even smaller than that. If someone were to set their font even bigger it would completely screw up the font and window dimensions.

I did try to use em once. I did size comparisons between px and em in my browser (Firefox Linux) and it looked like I had comparible sizes ... but it only looked right in my browser because I had set my default font size smaller than normal, and then it looked ever worse in IE for whatever reason. If I set it smaller so it worked by IE windows standards then it looked horribly small in my browser. In the end, it didn't work and I had to revert it back to px.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: August 25th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
What I'm really griping about, though, is the lack of ability to position DIVs correctly/relatively. I have some DIVs that have to be an exact width and height, one that needs to be approximately a certain size, and one that can be any relative height or width.

So far it looks like the only alternative to the static sizes and positions is to use regular old-fashioned frames. To do that makes me feel like I'm going back to the age of stone in web page design terms, but it's the only thing I can think of.
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