Posts written in January 2012.

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    Resolving AddThis Problems When Using Selectivizr

    I found there is an issue when implementing AddThis to a site that uses Selectivizr. Selectivizr (for those who don't know), is a JavaScript utility that emulates CSS3 pseudo-classes and attribute selectors for Internet Explorer 6-8.

    I noticed that my AddThis widget was not functioning correctly in Internet Explorer versions 6-8. So whenever Selectivizr was required, I encountered two issues:

    • Social bookmark buttons were not displaying.

    AddThis Issue No Icons

    • The AddThis popup to select more social bookmarking sites did not render correctly. It outputs all the popup contents to the bottom of the page.

    AddThis Issue Popup

    Just as I have experienced two problems with AddThis, there are two ways to resolve:

    1) Use custom buttons with AddThis

    Using custom buttons will get AddThis to display properly in your page. However, you will still experience viewing AddThis popup. So if you are not too fussed with viewing additional social bookmarking sites, then this will suffice.

    <!-- AddThis Button BEGIN -->
    <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style ">
    <a class="addthis_button_facebook"><img src="/images/facebook.png" height="16" width="16" /></a>
    <a class="addthis_button_twitter"><img src="/images/twitter.png" height="16" width="16" /></a>
    <a class="addthis_button_email"><img src="/images/email.png" height="16" width="16" /></a>
    <a class="addthis_button_reddit"><img src="/images/reddit.png" height="16" width="16" /></a>
    <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
    <!-- AddThis Button END -->

    2) Modify Script tag in AddThis code snippet

    To get AddThis to work 100% alongside Selectivizr will require you to modify the script tag and add bit of jQuery. A user on Google Groups suggested this fix and resolved my issues.

    <!-- AddThis Button BEGIN -->
    <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style ">
    <a class="addthis_button_preferred_1"></a>
    <a class="addthis_button_preferred_2"></a>
    <a class="addthis_button_preferred_3"></a>
    <a class="addthis_button_preferred_4"></a>
    <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a>
    <a class="addthis_counter addthis_bubble_style"></a>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        $('head').append('<script type="text/javascript" src=""><\/script>');
    <!-- AddThis Button END -->
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    Solving Flash Issues in Isotope jQuery Plugin

    I’m using a jQuery plugin called “Isotope” to nicely output a mixture of news articles and advertising banners to a page.

    I came across a small issue when using advertising banner’s in Flash format. For some reason, Flash content displayed randomly and mouse-clicks were not registered. This issue only seemed to only occur in Firefox. I couldn’t replicate this issue on other browsers.

    Thankfully, only one additional line of code  needed to be added when when initially setting the Isotope plugin options:

        itemSelector: '.box',
        animationEngine: 'css,
        layoutMode: 'masonry',
        transformsEnabled: false //Disable transformations

    The following example helped me further in resolving my issue: