Conditional Statements As A Weapon

A friend of mine recently sent me this article in defense of using inline hacks instead of conditional statements for IE-specific styles.  I disagree with a lot of things in that article (see user Alex’s comments for a good summary of my thoughts), but I mostly use conditional statements for two reasons: 1) It makes code easier to maintain; and 2) I want to punish IE users.  If I have to use extra HTTP requests to exact said punishment, so be it.

Get a real browser.

Conditional Statements As A Weapon

3 thoughts on “Conditional Statements As A Weapon

  1. Sequoia McDowell says:

    if you don’t mind my asking, how is having multiple files easier to maintain than:
    height:10px; *height:15px;
    ? Everything in the same place!

  2. jordyn says:

    See, I think of conditional statements of having “everything in the same place”: all of my IE-specific styles in the same place.

    You say potato…

    Also, I think shooting for validation is a good idea. I’m not going to check my work in EVERY browser, so having valid CSS helps ensure that the ones I don’t check will probably look okay.

  3. Sequoia McDowell says:

    I have to agree with this person:
    to quote that guy from jerry mcguire, “Where’s the [browser] Jerry? Show me the [browser that breaks on the ie hack]!” Until this is done I don’t think the argument that ‘it *could* break something’ really holds water.

    also from comment 111: “If ‘valid’ css does not work across browsers then who cares about W3C standards.” Sad but true, and unfortunately my clients/employer don’t give a hoot about whether something “validates,” they want it to “look right” and “be done now.”

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