Monday, May 7, 2007

Browser Blues

Sometimes I have trouble with blogger hacks that don't work well in all browsers. I don't understand why this happens, but my daugher just noticed yesterday that the Dead Language Latin Club blog that we set up (and which looks rather nice in Internet Explorer) looks really strange in Firefox right now. The posts are up against the left side of the screen and the sidebar is all the way on the right. I think that the problem came about from widening the margins, but I'll have to dig in and experiment to try to fix it.

Any wisdom on why this happens and how to avoid it would be much appreciated. :)

12 comments:

Christine said...

Unless people are willing to edit html, they need to stay within the size parameters set by the template that they are using. It is not simply a Firefox/Explorer issue. We are running IE on all of our computers. The blog you mention and Kristen's blog look fine on our laptop, but on our 19" monitors their layouts do not look right. For example, Kristen's header (inserted the easy way using the widget) needs to have a width of 760px to be centered on various computers. At 800px (its current size), the header is not centered. The header can be centered, regardless of the computer being used, by editing the html, or by staying with the width of 760px. This explanation is probably as clear as mud. I have had numerous interruptions. Time to help my eldest with Math.

Love2Learn Mom said...

I've come across that problem too, but this one is in addition to it. Even on the same computer, Firefox will come out different from IE on occasion.

I did edit the html for changing the margins on the Dead Language Latin Club blog, but something was strange about it. I had the problem with an earlier blog, started fresh and did it again, and it was okay.

Kristen Laurence said...

This is all so fascinating to me. Christine, I do want to keep the width at 800px if it is possible. In my current template the header at 760px was making me feel clostrophobic for some reason - the large green background seemed very imposing. (Perhaps this is because my old template had no text boxes and felt very open to me). I don't mind changing templates if I need to.

Love2Learn Mom said...

Christine, do you have any trouble with Studeo on the smaller screens? I have that set to 900.

Karen E. said...

Alicia,
I usually use Firefox for everything, but just went on IE to take a look at my blog, and for mine, it's on IE that everything is out of whack. My right-hand column doesn't show up at the top of the page ... it's bumped waaay down on the page.

Arrgh ... just when I think I know what I'm doing!

Karen E. said...

Alicia,
I just looked at Studeo on Firefox and on IE, and it looks exactly the same to me on both.

Love2Learn Mom said...

Thanks for checking it out Karen. I use IE and your blog looks fine to me. I tried it out on both computers (larger and smaller monitors) and it checked out fine.

Love2Learn Mom said...

Kristen, just so you know, the new template you picked is a little fussy to work with. If you change the background color, you'll lose all the nice shading on the sides.

Also, it looks like you took the title out of your title bar completely, so that when I go into a blog reader or your profile, your blog shows up as ".". There should be an option in the window where you chose to add the picture that allows you to not have the title show up on the screen (without having to delete the title).

I hope that wasn't as clear as mud. :)

Love2Learn Mom said...

By the way, I can also help you with widening the margins when I get a chance. I have a really bad cold (no pneumonia thank goodness - went into the doctor yesterday), so I've been moving rather slowly for the last few days.

Christine said...

Studeo, Dead Language..., and Karen's blog look fine on all of our computers.

Karen E. said...

Thanks, ladies, for letting me know that it looks okay from your end. I wonder what's up with IE on my computer??

Alicia, if this is you in slow-motion, then you positively put me to shame! :-)

Christine said...

Karen, oops, individual posts looked okay, but when I view all posts your sidebar is at the bottom of the page. I believe it may be due to your "Loads of Good Learning Days" post. The squigglies in this particular post go almost across the page.