Custom cursors, relative paths, and internet explorer

Custom cursors in an external CSS file will 404 in Internet Explorer unless your using fully qualified urls. This effects IE6, IE7, IE8, IE9 and IE10.

What is happening

Internet Explorer for some ungodly reason treats relative font paths as relative to the page, not relative to the CSS File.

My Fix

You can fully qualify the URL for all clients but I work offline often so I’d rather have Chrome referencing my dev server rather than the production CDN. Normally I’d turn to CSS hacks here but there’s nothing easy to include inline for IE10. I ended up using the ie class which is added via javascript onReady because IE10 doesn’t support conditional comments.

.ie .my_cursor {
    cursor: url(http://fully_qualified.url/path/to/cursor), default;

.my_cursor {
    cursor: url(../to/cursor), default;

Crucially, to avoid 404s, the my_cursor class is added to elements after adding the ie class to <body>. Checking for IE server side was a strong option but it’s easier to not modify the layout cache to be browser specific.

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