[thelist] link borders on a MAC

Jeff Howden jeff at jeffhowden.com
Mon Sep 22 22:13:58 CDT 2003


> From: Diane Soini
> If it makes you feel any better, I don't see the effect
> you describe at all in IE 5.2 on OSX.

you probably need to tab first in order to "activate" it for that page.
that's how it works in win/ie anyway.

> I use Safari, and the border effect isn't apparent in
> Safari, either.

strike one against safari for accessibility.

oh wait, the mac os is a huge liability when it comes to accessibility

never mind.

> It all looks so smooth I really thought it was flash.

oh geeze, you can't be serious.

no, really.

<tip type="debugging" author=".jeff">

not sure how a particular effect was created, whether by text, images,
flash, or something else?

without even viewing the source you've got a few tools at your disposal --
the cursor, the status bar, and the right-click menu.

if the cursor turns to an i-beam, then you're dealing with text.

if the cursor turns to a hand, you're dealing with a link.  the status bar
might yield clues like seeing "JavaScript:".

otherwise, it's time to use the right-click menu.  flash has it's own menu.
everything else (with obvious exceptions like activex controls, java
applets, etc) uses the ie right-click menu.  pay close attention to the menu
items in the grouping at the top.  if the "save image as..." option is not
disabled then you're dealing with an image.  there are other clues.  see how
many you can find.



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