Now before I start a flame war, remember what I wrote in September:
I believe in open standards. The only way to protect and encourage open standards is to have many prevalent implementations of said standards.
Having said that, there are still a lot of reasons to love single-vendor, even closed, platforms.
One of those reasons: compatibility.
I had a simple goal: change my blog theme from fixed-width to fluid-width.
Code lines tend to take up a lot more space than 450px. Formatting C# for narrow columns is a pain.
I searched and hacked in vane for over an hour before I found a CSS solution.
The whole time there was a 16-year-old inside of me yelling: "Just use tables! They worked great in 1996!"
I'm going to spare you the gnarly details, but it involves negative margins. (Yes, negative margins. I almost fell off my Swiss ball.) Huge props to the folks at Dynamic Drive for their straight-forward-as-can-be-expected walk-through of fluid, two-column layouts in CSS.
Well, Live Writer uses Trident--the IE rendering engine.
After much hacking, I discovered that IE cares about the order of <div> elements in situations where Firefox doesn't. Also, Firefox respects // to mark comments in CSS. IE doesn't.
After another hour, I got things working in both.
No I haven't tested in IE6 or Safari. Please let me know if you have issues.
I'm guessing I'm one of the few who look at my blog in a browser--most probably use a blog reader.