Internet Explorer is officially square

Duncan Stockdill posted in Product December 3, 2009

This blog post was written before Javelin was renamed to Capsule. See this post for more details.

We’ve been introducing rounded corners into the Javelin user interface recently. Rounded corners and curves are nice and they provide us with a simple way to keep Javelin looking fresh, or at least it should have been simple. As any web designer will tell you in words I can’t print here, Internet Explorer is a party pooper.

We’ve looked into using the many hacks for round corners in Internet Explorer and we tried a couple but they all have their issues which leads us to this position:

Frustration

So instead of spending our days making Internet Explorer fit a round hole we’ve left it square. In Firefox, Safari and Chrome you’ll get some rounded corner love:

Round corners in Firefox

And in Internet Explorer you’ll see square:

Round corners in Internet Explorer

And another example:

Tooltip comparison

I’m not on a crusade to change your web browser. The beauty of web applications is you get to choose your operating system and browser, but if you are using Internet Explorer and want to consider an alternative then Mashable did a browser round up recently.

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