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Malarkey is Andy Clarke, a UK based designer, author and speaker who has a passion for design, CSS and web accessibility.

Andy has been working on the web for almost ten years. He is a visual web designer and author and he founded Stuff and Nonsense in 1998. Andy regularly writes about creating beautiful, accessible web sites and he speaks at events worldwide. Andy is the author of Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design, published by New Riders in 2006.

IOTBS: The Director's Cut

I am pleased to announce the release of the latest incarnation of Invasion of the Body Switchers, cheekily entitled The Director's Cut.

IOTBS: The Director's Cut has been improved in the latest release resulting in a far more sophisticated tool, with better accessibility, and a greater range of possible uses. For links to the latest files, see the IOTBS resources page.

I am pleased to announce the release of the latest incarnation of Invasion of the Body Switchers, cheekily entitled The Director's Cut.

For those who have not seen it before, Invasion of the Body Switchers (IOTBS) is a modern style-sheet switcher, which offers independent switching of different media types, and supports an unlimited number of options and controls. It works in all modern graphical browsers except Mac/IE5 (with javascript enabled), and is available in a choice of user-interfaces.

Director's Cut updates

Version 1.2 introduces "The Director's Cut" - a separate version of the script, which generates the switching controls as definition-lists and links, instead of forms and selectors. There's also a new option (in both versions) which allows you to specify the canvas element, so you can base your rules on <html> instead of code><body>, which may be necessary on pages served as application/xhtml+xml or equivalent.

A big thank you to everyone who has offered feedback, suggested new features, or told us about bugs or other issues. I hope that you have fun with this. It will be great to learn of any examples in the wild.


  1. #1 On December 22, 2004 03:50 AM Tom said:

    Perhaps for losers without JavaScript turned on you could leave them a nice little message, telling them why they might fancy flicking the switch and adding some extra control to the page.

  2. #2 On December 22, 2004 04:17 AM Jeff Smith said:

    Excellent work on this. I might look to work this into a redesign that I currently have in development for one of my sites.

  3. #3 On December 22, 2004 06:07 AM Jeff Croft said:

    Brilliant work, man!

  4. #4 On December 24, 2004 07:40 AM KLS said:

    That's awsome mate, the revised version is even sweeter. Thanks for sharing it with us normal mortals, heh. Excellent work, i'll be sure to keep an eye for future updates on this switcher. In the mean time, i'm sure to be implementing this method in a current project i'm working on, thanks again Andy and to all those made it possible.

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