I’ve implemented a new drop shadow style for images on the site. While I really like it and think it’s something I’ll use for quite a while, it does require a minor change to all image posts in order to make it work.
Luckily the changes aren’t extensive, and I doubt they’ll hurt future image styles since they’re so minor. ‘Doubt’ being the operative term since CSS modifications with inline style data can have very dramatic and unintended conflicts.
The flip side of the coin is that Internet Exploder does not render the shadow properly. No surprise there. While Netscape, Safari, Opera, Mozilla, Lynx, Konqueror, and Firefox show it perfectly, IE extends the bottom and chops off the dithered corners.
I’m pondering whether I want to implement an IE hack to compensate for this or if I want to leave it as is. If people continue using a sub par browser that has never been able to render standards-compliant code, fine by me. I just don’t think I should have to expend the extra energy constantly writing workarounds specific to that browser simply to make it display a page halfway right.
I’ll give it more thought, but don’t hold your breath. As far as I’m concerned, people can suffer through a crippled web experience if they aren’t willing to get a real browser.