an in-between move

Cool kids read The Bellman.


Don't read this blog!

I mean, thanks for dropping by my little corner of the blogospheric backwaters, but the blog you should be reading is The Bellman. The stuff I post there is much, much less likely to be imbued with dormitive powers.


[German, from zwischen, intermediate + zug, move

Literally an "in-between move". A move in a tactical sequence is called a zwischenzug* when it does not relate directly to the tactical motif in operation. |source|

image copyright TWIC

From this position, black played a zwischenzug: 19…d5
(Linares 2002, 1-0)


about your blogger

David Rowland studies philosophy at the University of Illinois - Urbana / Champaign, where he's an active member of the Graduate Employees Organization. He used to play a lot of chess, but wasn't all that good. He has a blog. And email.



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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
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Seidman on reflection and rationality
And another thing
Tiffany's argument for strong internalism
Internalism v. Externalism
What do internalists believe anyway?
Rationalism and internalism
The experimental method in philosophy
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On moral skepticism
A linguistic argument
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Political intuitions
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Friday, January 23, 2004


Noncompliant browsers

An article I read (somewhere) the other day argued for the thesis that Microsoft's Internet Explorer was a noncompliant browser but had such incredible marketshare that they could get away with it. The result was that websites would alter their code to make sure that it worked under IE, instead of just keeping to W3C standards. The upshot, according to the article, was that rival browser publishers had to invest time and money emulating Internet Explorer's bugs.

This isn't an argument I'm competent to evaluate, and I didn't think much about it at the time. I use Safari, and most sites look just fine. If that's because Safari does a good job of emulating IE's bugs then that's ok by me.

Then I saw Zwichenzug on Internet Explorer. The box over there on the right was all screwed up.

Now, I'm not what you would call HTML savvy. It took me a few hours of diligent web research and template experimentation to get that box up there. And it bothers me that it doesn't work on most browsers. But I don't know how to fix it. So what I'm going to do is let you, gentle reader, help.

I made the box by defining (in my style sheet) two labels as follows:

#main {position: relative;top: 0;right: 0;padding-right: 10em;}
#right {position: absolute;top: 0;right: 0;width: 12em;}

Then, I used DIV tags to indicate where content is supposed to go. So I get things like, Div ID="main". Since all the content is in the right places, I suspect that I screwed up in defining the box. But I don't know what I did wrong.

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