i feel like i’ve been walking around for months with something stuck in my teeth

I am reading this blog on Internet Explorer right now. Instead of the visited links being gray like they are when I read Scatterplot in Firefox, they are blue, which leads to an aesthetically unpleasing mismash of gray and blue all over the page. Not only that, but on the far right of the Scatterplot banner, there is a mysterious multihued squizzle that is not supposed to be there.

Word is, there still remain people in this world who use Internet Explorer as their primary browser. Some could even be readers of this blog! If you are one of them, are the visited links blue instead of gray? Have they always been that way? Do you have the squizzle? Have you always had the squizzle? Why haven’t you told me?

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

20 thoughts on “i feel like i’ve been walking around for months with something stuck in my teeth”

  1. Yes, visited links are blue; yes there’s a tiny thing at the top right of the banner. Someone told you about it, I think, back when the new banner made its debut. No I am not a techy person.

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  2. Just for fun I had to see what Scatterplot was like in IE. Considering it has a couple years since I have even seen IE in action, I had to go deep into my work computer program files to start it up. Everything Jeremy mentioned was true for me, but I also had a strange realization. I can only describe it with an analogy. It was like seeing the person you dated in high school\college several years later and being both nostalgic for the past good times and also really happy that you had moved on! And by really happy I mean so happy you were almost embarrassed to go talk to said former sweetheart!

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  3. @1 – Someone may have told me about it, but it did not sink in. How have people managed to stand the squizzle all this time? It is maddening to me just to look at it.

    All: Eek. I’m not sure when I will have a chance to fix all this, but it is going to be a low-level chronic irritant to my soul until I do, even though it has been this way for IE users for months. The links should all be in gray, whether visited or not.

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  4. FWIW: I use Firefox (2.0.0.14) and have always had blue links (not gray), for both visited and non-visited.

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  5. Visited links are blue for me in Firefox too. But that’s explained by:

    a,a:link,a:visited {
    color:#3366FF;
    font-weight:bold;
    text-decoration:none;
    }

    The squizzle is there because the selector #blog-description is described twice in your css file.

    i.e.

    #blog-description {
    display:none;
    }

    and

    #blog-description {
    font-size:0;
    float:right;
    padding-top:0;
    text-align:right;
    width:49%;
    }

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  6. Ok, here’s some more issues.

    Move the “@media print” block to the end of your css file. For some reason, IE interprets all display: as applying to print in your present version.

    a,a:link,a:visited {… needs to be changed to:

    #content a, #content a:link,#content a:visited {
    color:#777;
    font-weight:bold;
    text-decoration:none;
    }

    You also need to add:

    #access {
    display:none;
    }

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  7. Naadir: Thanks. I’m not going to be able to deal with this before I finish my paper without my head exploding.

    I don’t really get what the @media print part of the template is — is that just if someone is trying to print pages from our blog?

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  8. I see all links as gray except our (commenters) names, which are blue. I use Firefox 2.0.0.14 on OSX 10.5.2. I do not even have access to IE! Isn’t that funny?

    @4: hilarious!

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  9. I wondered if the squizzle was part of the original banner and it’s just been buried under the new, predominantly white one. That’s impossible, though, right? Or how did you make the banner image, Jeremy?

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  10. The clickable squizzle makes me want to claw out my eyes, even worse than that time I found out I accidentally murdered my father and married my mother.

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  11. If you add the following line to the very end of your css file, the squiggle will be gone in both IE and Safari (I think):

    div#blog-description, div.skip-link{display:none;}

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  12. jeremy: “@media print” does indeed describe what to do when the user prints a page.

    @smajda, I only tested the changes I suggested in IE7 & Firefox. Didn’t check in Safari or IE6.

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  13. I guess it is gone by now but I have never noticed a squizzle and my links are all blue. That is OK, Jeremy. Deep breaths.

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