!DOCTYPE woes!

So, it’s five to four on Monday and in an ideal world Jane and I would be sunning it up on the Fife coast by now. But it’s not, and many of my blog posts are a tribute to that fact!, which is why we’re still at home and in the midst of packing.

I had a small web project that I needed to get finished before I went, and I thought that I had about two hours ago … only to discover that there was something broken with the navigation in … can you guess? … wait for it … that’s right: Internet Explorer! To say that I was a little disappointed wouldn’t be enough. I do recall hitting my fist off the desk at one point and shouting “O bother!”.

Anyway, investigations began and it didn’t take me too long before I stopped and suddenly recalled one of my well-worn troubleshooting phrases: “If there is ever a problem, check the !DOCTYPE first.” And sure enough that’s where the problem lay.

I don’t have time to go into all the ins and outs of DOCTYPEs, but thankfully the kind people at A List Apart do. I thoroughly recommend their article Fix Your Site With the Right DOCTYPE! by the incredible Jeffrey Zeldman.

Off to pack now. Back later in the week …

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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