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and all of the world shall bow and say yeah, css is of the devil
children of dune - leto 1
I have this irresistible urge to post snippets of never-to-be-finished fic. Then of course I look at my wip tag and twitch mightily. Very, very mightily.

I have more RAM. Yay!

When Bad CSS Happens to Hysterical People

My stylesheet inexplicably stopped obeying a class command thing. I get there is a hierarchy, yes, but note.

#content-div {border:1px}

apparently forever disallows

.mhead {border:1px solid #000000}

if both are div. However, if mhead is put to p, it *works*.


It's like magic or something.

However, new favorite place:


The best part is after you read it, you click the little example thing and it shows you the code and you *alter it and see the result on the screen beside it*. It's like a miracle.

You can see my rage is still unabated.

When You Realize You Are Insane

Here's the funny part of my earlier nervous breakdown. It *works in IE*. And at work? WE CANNOT USE ANY OTHER BROWSER. So the only person that would ever, ever know is me. Ever. Ever. It was perfect in IE. To get it to work in firefox, I had to go back and re-work how to place an image, exact pixel a few things, and that's when the id/class debate in div appeared. I--do not even know how to deal with it other than to cry and recode all thirty something pages.

Life After Eternal Darkness

My boss got me a card that sings the Star Wars theme and has a Yoda quote on the front that says he appreciates me. It should not make me tear up and say I never need a raise. But it totally did.

God, he knows me.


I called my doctor for permission to increase my number of doses for a few days temporarily. I do need it; I was not exactly surprised to find out that it's a lot easier to work on websites when I'm using it. I have a better retention, hence the fact I could write the above from memory. Actually, I can do most of it from memory now, which honestly I wasn't able to before. And I retain it between days, which is--really cool.

So I do know now it's not placebo--there is a definite difference in my ability to not only stay on a task and finish it, but also to see mistakes. And oddly, to not make them.

I've been checking out the work I did about five years ago on my website--yes, I have saved versions--and there's some obvious errors in there that surprise me, sloppy coding, weird places I can see I just gave up and went with what was already there. And at that time, I was immersed in this crap. I was doing it daily. I knew it ten times better than I'm relearning now. Except now I'm doing it less by rote and more by knowing how the parts go together. It's like the difference between taking notes on something and just doing it. I--have no way to explain it. It just is cool.

It sounds crazy, but it was such a shock--I spent all this week doing the coding, most of it in the end not even bothering with Notetab except do p's on all the text and to go through and lowercase everything after I was done. It wasn't just being able to do it and do it from memory, or see how all the parts went together--this morning was the first time I had to give myself visual guidelines (to fix the problem, I gave all the div id's and div classes a differently colored border and eliminated them one by one to find the problem). It was I wasn't referring to the visual page to see what it looked like. I knew what it looked like by the way I had coded it. And I didn't even realize that until I opened it in Firefox.

(also, funny note. For some reason, I forgot the easiest way to do nested lists is freaking indent the damn things when doing a list in a list. I was driving myself nuts checking to make sure I'd closed the li's, then stopped and realized *indent the inner lists*. Then I can do a visual check that lasts five seconds, instead of two minutes of freaking *counting*.)

Getting back to--the wonders of drug use.

I have no idea how to express how amazing this is. It's not subtle, but it's not a sledgehammer either. It's like putting on my glasses. Sure I can see fine without them, but the world is a hell of a lot clearer with them. Yes, perfect comparison. And for normal life, without glasses works. But for driving, or for seeing long distances--for specific types of activity--glasses are what I need to do them. And this does the same thing.

Downside A: I've alwasy been a little o/c. Not medically-intervention high, and fairly specialized, but it's always been there, and it would come out at random times. I always thought of it as a kind of decompression, this super-organization kick. It was also fairly cool, because it was, to use the glasses metaphor, a point of clarity. It happened most often when I was writing something fairly long, or when I was working on my webpage, but it broke out at very random moments as well for short periods of time.

Ritalin takes this stuff up a level. It's more controlled, more focused, definitely--but it has and can caused well--you've seen my del.icio.us tagging system, right? Right. And it's a good thing at work! But if I have nothing else to focus on, or if I click over there while I'm on my dose, it's kind of near impossible to stop until I run out of ideas or amireal stages a IM intervention. I really don't often run out of ideas. I have tags for *location* for God's sake. Speaking of which, i need to add the one for 'offworld'.

So not *bad*, per se, just something I'm still adapting to.

Downside B: on weekends, I usually don't take my doses during the day. I don't do any work that needs the concentration. I take them at night when I'm online and work on organizing my computer, tagging my lj, backing up my lj, and del.icio.us-ing my heart out. And writing, oddly enough. Which is why I now have four different del.icio.us sites, one now exclusively devoted to organizing all the links from my Trek Meet and Greet last year. Yeah. Let's not speak of that.

But it does cause sleep problems.

Not--jittery. It's very normal. It feels perfectly normal to be up until eight in the mornign on Sunday when I haven't slept for twenty-seven hours. I don't crash or anything. I simply don't sleep. Not even a little. Finally, finally I get a little tired and then eventually fall into normal sleep. It's not even weird feeling, and that's the weird part. Caffeine crashes--hell, when I was taking ephedrine, ephedrine crashes--were like a train slamming into me. This is just a drift. I do feel a ritalin crash, but it's the equivalent of taking off my glasses, and if I'm physically busy with something, it's almost not noticeable (though there is definitely a short-term downswing in my mood, but not a huge one). So yeah.

Okay, getting back to the point. I called to ask for a temporary increase for four days and mapped out the dates and total number of pills. The individual doses and timing doesn't change, just I'll do a 8, 11, 2, 5 for a few days. (these are the times I take them). One day gets an extra 8 pm as well since I'm working from home on the website.

So knowing he allows limited changes, I'm going to ask about 8, 11, 2, 5 for Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday come August 28 when classes start. It'll be about a twelve pill increase overall and it still wears off well before I'll go to bed. I don't know if he'll approve--if not, I'll have to alter to 9, 1, 4 so I can have the right level by the time I go to class at four-fifteen. Taking off my glasses, so to speak, thirty minutes into class will not be fun. And a lot of the reason I wanted to try this *was* the idea I might want to go back to school.

I think the final proof will be the classes. I signed up for Gen Chem I and Fundamentals of Programming (also the reason I wanted to do the website for work, getting back in teh habit of spending a lot of time staring at what seems to be essentially gibberish and seeing it as actual *something*). Gen Chem kicked my ass once, though not the labs. Give me beakers, chemicals, and carte blanche, I'm some kind of idiot savant. I never had a clear idea of what exactly I was doing, but the lab techs were always came over to watch while I cackled (Jesus, *this* is where Child gets it). But the class itself was always like trying to run in water. I could *do* it if I really buckled down hard, but it just took way too long, comparatively speaking, to how I could float through psych and history and polysci. Those classes, of course, gave a lot of leeway with this thing called an 'essay'. And multiple choice questions. And talking about feelings.

So these will be my test. I'm still debating whether to go ahead and add philosophy and precal. I'm thinking no on the precal, but mostly because the times absolutely suck beyond words to describe and also, I don't actually want a full load the first semester back. I want to use this not only to test ritalin and to, you know, get back in the groove of school, but also set up very strict study habits, as my idea of studying is the cram method two hours before class. Sure, it works, but seriously. Ouch. With two classes, I'll have flexibility to experiment when I can fit in studying, how much I'll actually need per class, find out what my weakest spots are and be ready to compensate for them. I'll be able to spend more time working out these things and not give up say, oh, time with child, or fandom, which let's face it, I'm just not going to. And time to write and express creativity and what have you. And do more tagging.

Also? This is so tl;dr. *grins*


How Awesome Is Nancy!

As you know, emrinalexander was hospitalized. She's recovering, but this has definitely put them back a bit in financial. Ami's putting togther a collection. Go to the link above on details.


Now if only LJ will let me *post*.

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If it makes you feel any better, I do 98% of my coding in Firefox - which relatively speaking, nobody uses - and when I check out my work in IE... Yeah. The fact that IE still requires a hack to get FF or NN coded css to work 'correctly' torques me off.

So it's totally not your fault, trust me. It's Microsoft's because they can't be bothered to program IE to read coding the same way every other browser in existence reads it.

I have it loaded in my work and home computer now. I'm going to start using it for any actual coding work I need to do, just check for IE compatiability with some of the properties.

I actually twitch when I realize that if I'd just *checked with it two days ago?* When I started shifting everything to divs? I would have headed off this problem early on, before I had it on every damn page.

*only a little bitter*

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Er, no, but I'm saving that, because I think the border-width thing is a problem I ran into in a separate issue.

I ran into this: I have div ids, for the structure of the tables, and div classes, for specific links on the left side nav. this is because of this entire thing with external and internal links and to make the left side perfectly uniform. The problem is the content-div when I put in a border command seems to kill all class-level commands for border.

*sighs* My own fault for running it in IE.

And thanks! I'm saving this for work on Monday to see if that helps with another border problem I had.

id is more specific than class, so any tag that has a class and an id of the same attribute, the id will overrule the class.
Also, IE allows a lot of things that firefox is finicky about, which makes for good code, but a frustrating time. I spent an hour sweating over 1 tag because I had an extra comma and firefox didn't like it although IE was more than happy with it :/ And yes, that site is excellent.

*nod* Pretty much. I used the ID only for structure and the class only for text attributes. When I removed the border command on content-div, I got my border control back for the class level, but--literally I had every damn div a differnt color and visible so I could work out the problem on that one and the one for the first table. It ended up being a pixel issue, but God. Took *forever* by process of elimination to figure out which part was causing the failure.

Lesson? Now checking only in Firefox.

Hm, I wouldn't go that far. I've had some problems a few times with things IE does not do well/allow so if IE is the primary browser at work (and which for most people it is) I would definitely check in IE as well. But yes, Firefox is much more strict about things so usually if it works in firefox it will in IE. The main problem I've had is with spacing issues in some div creations where IE gives an inch of space between elements, firefox gives a millimeter which makes for a difficult time when there are specific needs for spaces as design elements :/

Oh also, I don't know if you already do this, but I usually do a find and replace (if you're using dreamweaver) and select the folder with all the documents that need one specific instance changed. Beware that the changes cannot be redone, but it's very easily managed, I just select a sizeable chunk of code so that it can't be confused with any other part in the documents, and replace with corrected code in the replace section and hit replace all. It has saved me a lot of hair tearing in many many situations.

More RAM! Woot!

#content-div is usually the same thing as #wrapper - a holding cell to keep the rest of the div layout in; most often in the context of centred, fixed-width design. Though I can't see why an element not referenced in your HTML or XML cannot just be deleted, or why it would prevent the use of a class. BTW, if .mhead is a one-time only element, it can be an id rather than a class.

If it only works in IE, it is generally considered to be 'b0rked', since IE failed the Acid 2 test miserably. If I had more time on my hands - read: if I could be bothered - I might make the effort to make my LJ layout look right in IE, but since I really don't know that many people who use it and my journal looks decent enough if forced to use Exploder, I've left it.

And thank fook there is someone who is as indecisive about their study plans as I am...

I took your advice on the ID thing. Not for mhead unfortunately--god my life would be easier--but creating a div id for a few of the things that can be uniform and the same. IT changes the look a little, but now it's a lot easier to code and fix.

The only thing with div id is it always seems to create table-like structures. I ended up div classing the entire main body (it's two column) for the sake of layout spacing and it's pretty amazing. I can see why people like to use this--it really does give a fantastic way to set everything uniform.

I use conditional statements now to target the different versions of IE instead of using CSS hacks or trying to over-tweak the stylesheets. IE will always use a fundamentally different rendering engine than other browsers, and I've gotten tired of making all these concessions to it because it has a majority user base. Do you have to test for IE 6 and IE7? I love how they have conflicting rendering flaws, so that fixing the CSS for one breaks the page on the other. Yay. >:(

As for classes vs. ids, I use only classes because I don't want conflicts with any Javascript that uses ids. Was your specific problem related to IE's issues with the box model, by chance? Because you mentioning that it was a pixel problem makes it sound like it wasn't an id vs. class thing, but a margins/width/float/positioning thing.

I have to do IE 6 and 7, since thsoe are teh Official Browsers--in a wierd turn of luck (for me), the program I'm writing the guide for requires IE, so if I can get it looking mostly right in those, I'm good. At this point, it really is my vanity speaking; I want it to look right no matter where it goes.

I *think* I used all IE compliant CSS, but the proof will be tomoorrow when I test it on both browsers. *crosses fingers*

When I was coding Rave Atlantis for Smitty, I found a tiny glitch that came up in IE, but the pages looked fine in every other browser I tried (including Safari), so I just left it. I figure anyone who uses IE can't be too picky, right? *koff*

*snickers* True, true.

thanks for the link to amireals post!

I know nothing about CSS, so I'll merely take your word for it. But I like the glasses on/off metaphor for the effects of the Ritalin, and I'm impressed by your scheduling in terms of being in the right chemical status for various points of your day and week.

It was trial and error, but I had a lot of sites that gave good approximations. My problem is basically my metabolism *is* high for thirty-one, so I run through it a litlte faster than average. At work, I could do a four hour between (or five hour, since lunch is 12-1 anyway), but there *is* a slight crash and going from zero is annoying when if I can do it at three hours, I'm on teh downward curve adn dont' lose any appreciable time. Once I'm home, I'm a little more tired than I'd normally be, but I rarely if ever need that kind of focus.

The glasses thing really is surprisingly accurate. I was worried I'd get too attached, but honestly, outside of doing stuff that *needs* that kind fo concentration, I just dont' notice not being on it other than a very slight level of unfocus that eventually fades. Pretty much exactly like when I wear my glasses all day and then take them off when I get home.

I admit the glasses metaphor works a little differently for me, as being someone who's worn them since the second grade and cannot function without some form of corrective lenses. (My effective visual range sans glasses or contacts starts about three inches from my eyes and ends maybe six or seven inches away.) But I get what you're saying.

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