Mat Newman 15 June 2012 06:07:26 AMTables have been the great leveller when it comes to web site layout. Until today, this blog used Tables to maintain it's major layout components, which meant that most web browsers back to Mozilla 3 and Internet Explorer 6 could view the content using the layout I intended. Now the tables have gone so I can take advantage of 'modern' web site layout techniques, features and options. Which means for Internet Explorer 6 and 7 users, you're probably not experiencing this blog in the manner I intended.
Figure 1: Old layout using Tables
Sorry IE 6/7 users. I'm not going to do anything about that. A straw poll yesterday among my social friends indicated that I should spend my time doing something more productive than attempting to make my blog look sort-of OK in an outdated browser that didn't bother following internet standards anyway. I agree with them.
There's even a funny story about an Australian online retailer yesterday that is imposing a tax on IE7 users:
Kogan Imposing Tax On Shoppers Who Use IE7 (via @lif_au) http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2012/06/kogan-imposing-tax-on-shoppers-who-use-ie7/
So if you're on IE 6/7 do yourself a favour and use a decent browser that complies with internet standards and the latest developments, I would suggest you take a look at Chrome, Firefox or Opera.
For everyone else, since Lotus Notes is an outstanding Content Management System (CMS), everything I've written in the last couple of years is in exactly the same place, any bookmarks or links still work, the only thing that's different is the 'wrapper' around the content.
That's what I love about Lotus Notes, it's so easy to change the look and feel of any application, either through a browser, or within a Lotus Notes client, without touching the Data. That's something that users of other software applications often have trouble with. Yes, Lotus Notes can change the interface or upgrade to a new version, without touching the data!
So inspired by IBM's OneUI, I've made some changes. Welcome to my new blog design :-)