Skidoo Redux is the latest Skidoo derivative. It came about when I attempted to update Skidoo to work with IE7 (a few minor bugs here and there). In the process of cracking down on the bugs I became frustrated with how other browser hacks in the old Skidoo stylesheets were too embedded. It was hard to get a handle on what hack did what and why I had put them in there in the first place.
The final straw was when I found an ugly horizontal scrolling bug in all previous Skidoo layouts under IE/Win 5.0. I decided to start over from scratch.
The CSS is commented to the point of insanity. It’s probably 25% CSS, 75% comment. In it I try to detail every rule, why it’s there, how the hack works (if the rule is a hack) and I did my best to target specific browsers so hacks wouldn’t be applied in browsers they were not intended.
I also took the time to write a bit about why these float-based layouts can cause headaches, specifically with elements dropping down to the bottom of the page. Hopefully this will clear up some of the confusion about these layouts that seem to be the source of most of the e-mail I receive.
It is, by far, the most compatible layout I’ve created to date. There is no Netscape 4 support, it simply renders as a plain page with just text and no layout, but some might call that Netscape 4 support.
I’ve purposely stuck with shades of gray for my various background colors in the hopes that it will get others who use the layout to change the color. I’ve seen a lot of skidoo and skidoo too sites out there that stick with the default color scheme and it’s starting to get to me.
The layout is very skinnable! And I plan to prove it…