!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, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

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