Style Geekery

If you are not a fan of programming and making pretty websites, this is not the post for you. But if you can get really excited about making a website look the SAME in all browsers, this is the post for you! I just successfully added some PHP to my WordPress theme, along with some tiny CSS tweaks, which allowed me to fix the bane of my existence – the extra space or lack of space above the left hand side of this site.

See, due to stupidity in the CSS rendering engines, my site didn’t look quite the same in every browser. Soooo close, but no cigar. In IE, the space between the headings and the content was too big. In Firefox on the Mac, there was no space at all. But every other browser I tried agreed on the placement that I wanted. And it has always irked me. But I hate the way that browser testing is usually done with CSS – counting on one bug to fix another.

So finally, I spent some time with the Google. I learned about all kinds of mechanisms, both server- and client-side, and found many to just not work. But then I came across this site, where the writer shows some variables that WordPress makes available. His solution is quite elegant, designed specifically for WordPress, and almost perfect.

I say almost, because it doesn’t differentiate the OS. Since I have a problem specifically with Firefox on a Mac, I really needed that. So I updated his function to suit my needs. Here it is, in all it’s simple glory:

function browser_body_class($classes) {
	global $is_lynx, $is_gecko, $is_IE, $is_opera, $is_NS4, $is_safari, $is_chrome, $is_iphone;

	if($is_lynx) $classes[] = 'browser_lynx';
	elseif($is_gecko) $classes[] = 'browser_gecko';
	elseif($is_opera) $classes[] = 'browser_opera';
	elseif($is_NS4) $classes[] = 'browser_ns4';
	elseif($is_safari) $classes[] = 'browser_safari';
	elseif($is_chrome) $classes[] = 'browser_chrome';
	elseif($is_IE) $classes[] = 'browser_ie';
	else $classes[] = 'browser_unknown';

	if($is_iphone) $classes[] = 'mobile_iphone';

	if(strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], 'Mac') !== false) $classes[] = 'os_mac';
	elseif(strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], 'Win') !== false) $classes[] = 'os_win';
	elseif(strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], 'Linux') !== false) $classes[] = 'os_linux';
	else $classes[] = 'os_unknown';

	return $classes;

I simply added that to my theme’s functions.php, and the magic happened. What it does is add some classes to the body, which is already being populated by WordPress’ body_class() function. I took the example provided by Nathan Rice, and just added a few things that I needed and preferred. So now that my body tag includes the information I need, I was able to update my CSS thusly:

   width:            654px;
   border:           0px;
   margin:           0px;
   padding:          0px;
   position:         absolute;
   top:              59px;

.browser_ie.os_win #content
   top:              57px;

.browser_gecko.os_mac #content
   top:              61px;

And finally, my website looks right on all the browsers I ever use. And that makes me happy.

February 11th, 2010 • 12:16 pm • dinane • Posted in Site

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