November 16, 2002
Scrolling Problem Solved?

Since moving to Movable Type, I have had problems with the Internet Explorer scrolling bug, which can also be seen on a lot of other MT weblogs. The symptom is that the page will not display past the bottom of the right-hand column or the bottom of the last picture illustration, whichever is lower. The only way I knew to get past it was to hit F-11 twice, as advised in the warning near the bottom of the right-hand column.

Several people have offered a fix involving adding a new first line to the template, but it never worked. Now Sean Kirby, the Pundit ex Machina, has sent me a fix that seems to work. Insert the following line near the end of your template, just above the </body> tag:

<div style="clear:both;"></div>

Please note that copying this line of HTML with a ctrl-C may not work. You need actual less-than and greater-than signs in your template. These do not display in HTML, since they are (how to put it?) special characters. I have therefore displayed simulacra of them by combining an ampersand followed by the letters 'lt' (for less than) or 'gt' (for greater than) followed by a semicolon.

Thanks, Sean! Hope you don't mind my spreading the good news.

If any readers find the scrolling problem unsolved, please let me know in the comments. If the problem is indeed entirely solved, I can delete the remarks about it from my template. And please don't ask me why this code works: I have no idea. Maybe I should sit down and learn CSS one of these days.

In unrelated news, I have also added a linking logo for those few sites, like Midwest Conservative Journal, that link with buttons where these are available. For those too lazy to scroll down the right-hand column and look at it, here it is:

I hope my lack of graphic skills is not too obvious.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at November 16, 2002 08:26 PM

Duly posted on the MCJ. And your graphics skills kick the stuffings out of mine.

Posted by: Christopher Johnson on November 16, 2002 11:49 PM

As an aside, for those who don't have it fixed yet, if you run non-maximized, I've found that simply resizing the IE window fixes the scrollbar behaviour.

Posted by: Sigivald on November 18, 2002 04:58 PM

i have a scrolling problem. when i scroll its seems jumpy as if the computer cant keep up the speed. we have a fast computer so any ideas? does it have anything to do with the fact our sis apg file is missing??

Posted by: emmie on February 10, 2003 07:11 PM