The Death of a Hack Revisited

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Posted on October 13, 2005 1:19 AM in Web Design
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Almost two years ago I prognosticated about the eventual, unavoidable death of CSS hacks like the holly hack and the tan hack. Soon after, I was called ignorant, but I didn't feel too bad given the fact that I wasn't the only one who had the future in mind.

Well, apparently the beginning of the end is nigh. Markus Mielke has launched a call to action over at the IEBlog:

For IE7, we introduced new CSS functionality and cleaned up our parser bugs. This leads now to several CSS hacks failing. If you are using IE7 you may notice major sites breaking due to the use of CSS hacks and the strict doctype.

My style sheets are unaffected. How about yours?

Seriously though, even if you do have to update your style sheets, everybody's gotta be happy about Internet Explorer finally cleaning up its act, right?


Keloran on October 14, 2005 at 1:38 PM:

Not clearing up fast enough, but thats becasue I use IE7 (to test my sites) and I still have to use a few little hacks to get it display right, and still some of it doesnt work

well maybe IE-B2 will work better, or the final


Ryan on October 14, 2005 at 7:52 PM:

I have one IE kinda-hack in my CSS - its the > selector. But I'm not sure if thats really a hack. At any rate, I shouldn't have to change anything for IE7. Not that I woul dhave anyway.


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