I looked back on my notes about the site after Matt sent me an email on the subject, and I noticed that I forgot to mention which browsers are presently supported. So for the record, here they are. For the Mac, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x, Netscape 6, Netscape 7, and Apple Safari. Unsupported browsers on the Mac include: Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 and 4.5 (both have horizontal scroll problems), iCab (a beta product with an unfinished CSS implementation), and Netscape Navigator/Communicater 4.x. On the PC, Netscape 6 and 7 are fine. Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6 have a problem with the drop cap getting cut off, but otherwise seem to be OK.
Finally the front page redesign I’ve been threatening has come to pass. It’s not really in a final state, but it’s closer than what was there before, and if allows me to highlight stories here and there without too much trouble. I don’t think all that much has been lost, but if has, well, too late now. Heck if I’m gonna start over from the ground up.
One quick note about the AIM bar across the top. No, it pretty much won’t work if you’re running Mac OS X. At least not with Safari or Explorer. AIM has a series of aim: HTML commands which, if your browser and/or platform support them, will let you launch an instant message application and chat right from a web site.
As I say, this doesn’t work yet under Mac OS X. If you type ichat in the Safari command line, it will launch iChat but I can’t get it to pass any useful commands. I’ve read that you can get it to launch a window to a contact from the Address Book, but like that’s useful. Hopefully by the time Safari goes final, this will be working. That’s why I’ve the graphics in place. A little tweaking when it’s ready, and a surfer should be able to contact me via IM straight from the main page. In the meantime, I guess you can send me email. Oh well.
LMK what you think of the changes. Especially if you like them.