Blog Design Issue

I recently added custom CSS code to have blockquotes show up with the border and background color. This is what I'm talking about:

Here is the code I'm using:

blockquote { border-left: 5px solid #CCCCCC; padding: 10px; background-color: #D6E6E5; }

Since then, I have received a few emails from people using Internet Explorer that some of the center column is getting truncated on one side or the other, and while I would like to admonish everyone in the world to dump Gates and his software and to use Firefox, or even Apple's Safari for Windows, I know people just aren't going to do it. I'll try to track down what the issue is, however, and it might help to get an idea of how widespread it is if anyone having such issues would kindly drop a comment.

If you do, please tell me what version of Internet Explorer you are using (From the menu bar: Help | About Internet Explorer). I have been unable to duplicate the issue on my PC at the office, running 7.0.x. If any of you CSS experts see anything wrong with that code, please let me know, or maybe suggest an alternative.

Later: Looks like the issue may be isolated to those using Internet Explorer 6, and perhaps below. IE 7 works fine, so, if you can upgrade to IE 7, that should take care of it.

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. Highfly on December 29, 2008 at 14:34

    Hi there,

    I am seeing the problem at the start of the text for each line when using IE6. I am also seeing a problem using firefox. Most of the post displays OK but the part in the blue box has the end of the line missing. The blue box problem is not a problem in IE6.

    I would check the widths that you are using. There will be a page width, border width and post width. There may also be a header and footer width.

  2. Jo on January 5, 2009 at 11:31

    Still having this problem as of January 6th. And I read from work on my lunch break so it's not an option to dump Bill Gates 🙂 It actually takes off most of the first word of ever single line and is really disrupting.

  3. Richard Nikoley on January 5, 2009 at 12:00

    Sorry, Jo. TypePad was supposed to be working on this for me, so I guess I have to ping them on it.

  4. Richard Nikoley on January 6, 2009 at 11:14


    TypePad tells me the issue has been resolved for IE6. Can you confirm?

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