Troubleshooting #2,495,294

A while back, I’d pointed to this pie chart at another location. It’s since gone away. I found it again: Time Spent on Web Design. The portion of the pie graph devoted to problem solving and swearing has been my lot. Anyway, found the image again. Please enjoy. 🙂

A wonderful trick with drop down menus is the (and suckerfish drop down menu). It does very cool things with nested lists, and comes complete with a tiny bit of javascript that makes Internet Explorer behave.

There’s lots of discussion on the blog post where this is found, some about my particular symptoms (menu does not drop straight down below the item, but down and to the right). Excaserbated by the presence of two such lists on the page, one which worked and one which did not. The forehead, lo, it is exceedingly purple, but the problem is, at last and thank God, solved:

Here’s just the plain old list, the one that breaks.

  • Item 1
  • Item 2
  • Item 3
    • Sub A
    • Sub B
    • Sub C

And how did I fix it? Making sure that the list item that had a child list was a link. Now it works in IE.

  • Item 1
  • Item 2
  • Item 3
    • Sub A
    • Sub B
    • Sub C

All solutions are simple, after they’re discovered. Which, um, calls to mind this gem, found in the comments at MakingLight:

This whole thing reminds me of a friend’s brother, who was fired by a small-town bank for which he was doing tech support. The reasons given were that he wasted time doing things which did not fix the problem, and he always waited for last to do the thing that worked.

And how did you purple your forehead this week?

[update: why did I post such arcane web trivia? Besides the cheese sandwich factor, that is. Because if someone else had the same problem and did a search for it using variations of these terms suckerfish+drop+down+menu+ie+problem, then this post woulda pointed ’em in the right direction. That woulda helped me last night. Maybe next month it’ll help someone else.]

3 responses to “Troubleshooting #2,495,294”

  1. Jasia

    Thank you for a good chuckle, Susan! I really enjoyed the graphic “Time Spent on Web Design”. That so describes my life!!! LOL

    My head is beyond purple to black after my web design session this afternoon. It’s been one of those days.

    The weekend is almost here! Yeah!

  2. Susan A. Kitchens

    one of those days? oh baybee, it’s been one of those weeks. And what, pray tell, can I say about the other things that were to have gotten done this week? Well, um…
    Oh, and this time spent troubleshooting–that’s billable right? Right?!? Ha! I wish.

  3. ralph

    Having just spent the last two days trying to get IE 6 to play nice with a Google Maps mashup for a prominent site, I can particularly related to the large yellow wedge for getting the site to work in Internet fucking Explorer….

    At least the site degrades gracefully so the IE 6 users will never know what they’re missing. And I did eventually succeed in getting the layout to work using only CSS.