March 25, 2004

Technical Question

from - smijer

I get it every now and then in my comments, but very rarely on my front page. I see it on MT blogs that use light-colored backgrounds more often than anywhere else. What is it? Difficult to explain. An area of text (or borders) will "disappear". Usually it will be when the comments page first loads, but on the main page with light-colored background it may be after you scroll up and down the page a bit. Usually, you can cause that text to "re-appear" normally either by selecting it with the mouse, or by scrolling up and down the page a little more.

I don't know if this happens in all browsers or all operating systems. I know it does happen from IE6 on Windows XP. It doesn't seem to be an issue in most non-Movable Type pages that I view. I suspect it has something to do with cascading style sheets and their use of layering, but I can't put my finger on exactly what.

If someone who is more knowledgeable about CSS or whatever the difficulty is would leave a note in the comments, I'd be eternally grateful ^for a long time. And I'd give you the morning off from my political opinions.

Update:This morning it is only showing itself in the "empty" comments threads, but here is an example. Normally, at the top of the comments box, you would see "Comments: Technical Question" in big red lettering, and then a dividing line. I shrunk this to get it to fit in my middle column, but you can see that the usual text is missing:
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Posted by smijer at March 25, 2004 07:49 AM
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It seems (to me) to be an IE problem. I have tried 3 different fixes on my site for it and none worked.

univar.jpg Posted by SayUncle on March 25, 2004 09:34 AM
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I've seen the same question asked and answered other places. The short answer is that it is a bug (as in, technical error) in the way IE parses the CSS. M$ still hasn't fixed it.

univar.jpg Posted by Phelps on March 25, 2004 11:50 AM
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I find that Mozilla Firefox has the same problem, but not Netscape or regular Mozilla.

univar.jpg Posted by CJG on March 25, 2004 01:52 PM
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Well, that's depressing. I guess I need to find a new browser. Thanks for the info, though!

univar.jpg Posted by smijer on March 25, 2004 04:27 PM
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