Odd IE8 PNG problem 4/10/13

By Chris Johnson

When building this site, I came across an interesting issue in IE8. My PNG logo wouldn’t load. Strangely, the PNG file loaded fine in IE7 and IE9. The internet is filled with complaints about IE81 and PNGs, but none of the fixes I tried helped.

My solution – for now – is to hide the logo image for old IE versions, and present the logo as plain text using the CSS content property:

<a href="/" class="logo" data-content="Chris Johnson">
  <img src="/img/logo@2x.png" width="330" alt="Chris Johnson">
</a>
/* Use your favorite method to restrict these styles to IE8 */
.logo img { display: none; } 
.logo:before { content:attr(data-content); }

Header in IE8

If you’ve ever come across this IE8 problem before and know how to make the PNG load, please let me know.


  1. Now that we can mostly ignore IE6, IE8 has become the browser that needs the most hacks.