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All problems will be dealt with once I return from Tuesday’s Bulletin Christmas lunch. And recover from resultant cranial problems.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/14/2004 at 02:04 AM
    1. I don’t know if anyone else has this problem, or if it’s just me, but for some reason all of Tim’s posts are located below the left sidebar.  This means I have to scroll down below the sidebar to the bottom of the page in order to see the posts.

      Posted by nate on 2004 12 14 at 04:19 AM • permalink


    1. Any plains for an rss feed?

      Posted by ccs178 (Chris) on 2004 12 14 at 04:23 AM • permalink


    1. There’s an RSS feed already, just above the hit counter. It’s in XML, which most readers can handle.

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 2004 12 14 at 04:30 AM • permalink


    1. The site looks fine in Firefox (newest version, whatever that is) at higher screen resolutions (above 1024).  Here at work, where our crap-box displays at 800*600, the text appears under the left sidebar.

      It appears to be a problem with screen resolutions, or at least that’s the problem I’m having, and it appears to be a problem only in Firefox.

      In IE, the site looks fine at any resolution.

      Posted by Ryne McClaren on 2004 12 14 at 05:27 AM • permalink


    1. Not a problem, but a query:
      Can we have numbered comments, like LGF has? (I don’t know how much trouble that is to configure.) It helps for keeping track of the back and forth, and for keeping track of new additions.

      Posted by m on 2004 12 14 at 05:46 AM • permalink


    1. You have a wonderful site.  The only detectable problem that I can see is that you haven’t blogrolled my web site, Once you’ve done that your site will be perfect! Perfect!

      Posted by Tom Bowler on 2004 12 14 at 06:04 AM • permalink


    1. Not sure if this is a site problem, a problem with my PC, or a PICNIC* problem . . . links provided by other commenters open another IE6 window OK, but such windows remain stubbornly blank.  I can copy the shortcut into another IE window and view the link that way.  I’ve not yet tried link-clicking in Firefox, at home . . .

      The site looks great and functions properly otherwise.

      *Oh . . . PICNIC in this case stands for “Problem In Chair, Not In Computer”.

      Posted by dazed on 2004 12 14 at 06:13 AM • permalink


    1. I can post at home but not at the work computer.I can log in but not post.Is it the anti spam software stuffing things up?

      Posted by gubbaboy on 2004 12 14 at 07:26 AM • permalink


    1. I have the same problem as Nate. All the posts are at the bottom, under the side-bar, but I expect Ryne is on to the problem with the resolution explanation.

      Posted by Tony.T on 2004 12 14 at 08:14 AM • permalink


    1. I viewed it on a Pocket-PC over wi-fi:
      You get the whole left column before you get to the postings. Apart from that, it looks good on that machine.Otherwise, looks good on Firefox version 1 preview edition on my PC. I will look forward to RSS too, but this can of course wait.


      Posted by jorgen on 2004 12 14 at 09:04 AM • permalink


    1. The RSS feed works fine, but I’m with Nate on the other deal. FireFox 1.0.

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2004 12 14 at 09:13 AM • permalink


    1. I had problems registering from my home machine( xp, norton firewall) but no problems from my work machine (win98se, server firewall)

      Posted by Just Another Bloody Lawyer on 2004 12 14 at 10:10 AM • permalink


    1. I’m with Nate, TonyT, Jorgen, and Jim. Have to scroll down past the left sidebar to read all the posts. (I also get the same problem for a couple of other websites, including The Currency Lad).

      Posted by TimT on 2004 12 14 at 10:19 AM • permalink


    1. same problem with the posts below the left side-bar. using IE something and the latest opera.

      Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2004 12 14 at 10:47 AM • permalink


    1. The text is at the bottom for me using Firefox 1.0, it works in IE but i hate that browser.

      Posted by Mike Hunt on 2004 12 14 at 11:26 AM • permalink


    1. Uh, links to posts?

      Posted by Roberts on 2004 12 14 at 12:26 PM • permalink


    1. Can’t view my own blog’s comments without Firefox. Can’t view Tim’s site properly with Firefox. Could the world of IT make life easier for all by agreeing to a few basic standards? Be adventurers on the frontier and servants at home.

      Posted by slatts on 2004 12 14 at 12:35 PM • permalink


    1. We can’t get access to the old blogs; particularly the Faux Pas and Seftey for the KIds ones.

      For the rest, it appears that the new site is suffering a little hail damage from yesterdays storms in Sydney!

      Posted by markn on 2004 12 14 at 12:42 PM • permalink


    1. thats Safety for the Kids

      Posted by markn on 2004 12 14 at 12:43 PM • permalink


    1. Has The Currency Lad been sinbinned for some reason? I can’t find his link.

      Posted by Lew on 2004 12 14 at 12:44 PM • permalink


    1. I use an older PC at home for accessing the web so perhaps it’s me, but here is what I’m seeing.. not problems actually because I can read and post with no probs.

      What I see:

      – 4 blank, grey screens before main body of blog appears (where blog starts)

      I’m using:

      – IE6
      – resolution 800×600
      – Win98

      As I said, no real problems because once I scroll past the grey screens at top (4 page scrolls), I can read and post fine. But, the old site had no blank screens at top.

      Posted by CJosephson on 2004 12 14 at 12:55 PM • permalink


    1. Lew: I had copied Tim’s blog list from his old site, but I hadn’t updated it recently I guess. Anyway, all your favorite blogs are back in Tim’s links.

      Everyone: okay, I broke down and put all the web pages into a simple table. I tested it in IE 6, Foxfire 1, and Opera 7.2. The table columns are in percentage widths, so if you still can’t see the page I suggest you consider having your computer exorcised by a Jesuit priest. Pea soup optional.

      Posted by Andrea Harris on 2004 12 14 at 01:00 PM • permalink


    1. Honest, guys, I squeezed my browser windows down to about in inch square and I could still see both columns.

      I’m still marveling. What was so bad about tables exactly? CSS sucks.

      Posted by Andrea Harris on 2004 12 14 at 01:02 PM • permalink


    1. Looks fine on my ‘puter now. Say, why don’t I go and download Firefox? Methinks I will.

      Posted by TimT on 2004 12 14 at 01:07 PM • permalink


    1. it’s a miracle!! working good for me with opera now. btw i like how the links open in a new window . das ist gut ja?! ja!

      Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2004 12 14 at 01:22 PM • permalink


    1. I did notice that if you squeeze the window very small, eventually you get that horizontal scrollbar thing. But scrolling is fun, no?

      Posted by Andrea Harris on 2004 12 14 at 01:25 PM • permalink


    1. Argh. Just noticed the gray background color on the side menu ends before the side menu links do. Grr…

      Posted by Andrea Harris on 2004 12 14 at 01:32 PM • permalink


    1. And now there’s a post calendar jutting out from the side menu and into the posts column.

      Aside from that (and the gray background color) everything looks smashing!

      Posted by Ryne McClaren on 2004 12 14 at 01:49 PM • permalink


    1. How do you do that? I can’t get my calendar to move no matter how much I squish the browser window. Maybe I’ll just break down and change my site resolution.

      Posted by Andrea Harris on 2004 12 14 at 02:01 PM • permalink


    1. Oof. Okay, I have checked it at four browser settings: 800×600—I see what you mean, the images are a bit large and do crowd to the very edge of the menu; 1024×768—what I use, so that is the standard (because I am ADMIN, bwahahahahaha!); 1280×768—squished and distorted, why does this setting exist on my computer?; and 1280×1024—everything seemed okay in a microscopic kind of way. I have a 17-inch monitor. So most people should be able to read the site more or less. I will probably set up a pda-friendly page soon, though, as you won’t see much of anything on your teensy screens, you rich people with your fancy color cell phone tvs soon I will make them pay soon I will have my revenge garble gar grr grah rl’yeh cthulhu fthagn ngaaa i�! i�!….

      Posted by Andrea Harris on 2004 12 14 at 02:08 PM • permalink


    1. Hey!  Why is the text all the way up at the top of the page all of a sudden?!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2004 12 14 at 02:37 PM • permalink


    1. ngggggg…..

      Posted by Andrea Harris on 2004 12 14 at 03:39 PM • permalink


    1. Andrea, I’m with you—there is absolutely nothing wrong with tables except that they don’t appeal to the purist geeks. Hacker geeks like myself love them, especially since HTML 4 allowed the “percent of screen” option.

      It’s one of the reasons I don’t worship Berners-Lee. CSS had to be invented because Timmie Boy designed a markup language that would *force* the style of display he liked, and make *impossible* the set of conventions invented and refined by printers since Gutenberg for ease of reading. Effim.

      IE5, Firefox 1, Opera 7.50 all look fine.

      Ric Locke

      Posted by Ric Locke on 2004 12 14 at 04:12 PM • permalink


    1. Huzzah!  The post calendar no longer juts, extends or protrudes.  It’s right where it belongs, and all is right in the world.

      Posted by Ryne McClaren on 2004 12 14 at 04:17 PM • permalink


    1. It was jutting in Firefox 1.0, btw.

      Posted by Ryne McClaren on 2004 12 14 at 04:18 PM • permalink


    1. Looks fine at 1680x 1050 with Firefox and IE6, except for one oddity.  After a blockquote in a post the subsequent text in the post is smaller than the rest of the plain text on the page.

      Posted by Kieran Lyons on 2004 12 14 at 04:27 PM • permalink


    1. Yeah I noticed that too. There are still many evil CSS kinks to be ironed out but I shall conquer the beast!

      Posted by Andrea Harris on 2004 12 14 at 05:04 PM • permalink


    1. Whoa, Andrea, you are the best.

      Posted by Roberts on 2004 12 14 at 05:14 PM • permalink


    1. The easy solution around the after blockquote text thing would be to make the text in the blockquote the same size as normal text in the post. However, if you want it smaller, then that’s another matter, but I may have a solution…

      I had a problem with text wanting to centre itself after a <blockquote> tag on my blog, but putting this in my stylesheet appears to have fixed it:

      body {
      text-align: left;

      .content p {
      font-family: Trebuchet MS;
      text-align: left;

      .content br {
      font-family: Trebuchet MS;
      text-align: left;

      BR {
      font-family: Trebuchet MS;
      text-align: left;

      Just a thought…

      Posted by Leigh on 2004 12 14 at 05:56 PM • permalink


    1. So yeah, if you adjust those tags to have __ font-size: 11px; __ instead of __ text-align: left; __ or however large it needs to be… that should fix it.

      No promises though.

      Posted by Leigh on 2004 12 14 at 05:58 PM • permalink


    1. The text size is too small in InterNet Explorer 5.0 even when IE’s “text size”
      is set to “largest.” (At least for my old eyes!)Great Content as always, though!

      Posted by Ralph on 2004 12 14 at 07:06 PM • permalink


    1. The RSS feed doesn’t work in Sharpreader, still. Perhaps this link from the feed validator will be useful in debugging?


      Posted by darwin on 2004 12 14 at 08:15 PM • permalink


    1. Just to make sure:

      1) Firefox version 1 preview edition 1024*768 tested on laptops and desktop: everything perfect.

      2) Only my Pocket-PC had a problem as described above.

      Posted by jorgen on 2004 12 14 at 09:46 PM • permalink


    1. Andrea,

      There are two things with the rss feed: the descriptions include entity-referenced tags. I don’t know if it’s part of the standard, but most other rss item descriptions don’t include any tags. This may be a cause of some problems for some readers. They don’t display in Opera’s reader (7.54).

      The other is the time. The feed pubdates are listed as GMT, but the times aren’t really GMT. I’d guess that the feed pubdates are 5 hours ahead of Tim’s time zone. That works for Florida, but not Australia. (If I know what I’m talking about, that is.)

      Posted by Brian O’Connell on 2004 12 15 at 12:48 AM • permalink


    1. Two changes I’ve noticed: the typeface is much smaller and also not so dark.  Still readable, but a little more difficult.

      Posted by Annalucia on 2004 12 15 at 01:53 AM • permalink


    1. Massive thanks to Andrea for handling all these problems while I’ve been drinking with Bulletin staff for many hours. If only she’d fix this terrible blurry typeface that I can’t barely read for some reason … (hic)

      Posted by tim on 2004 12 15 at 02:35 AM • permalink


    1. I registered and wrote out a comment, but immediately lost that comment because I wasn’t yet logged in.  Couldn’t get back my stunning prose by hitting “Back”.

      If it’s possible, you could avert this sort of thing by not showing or somehow disabling the Comments box until someone’s logged in.

      Site looks great, though!

      Posted by littlebeartoe on 2004 12 15 at 03:43 AM • permalink


    1. On IE 6.0 with 800×600 screen, I still get the scrollbar at the bottom. Other than that, it works.

      Posted by Bill Peschel on 2004 12 15 at 04:31 AM • permalink


    1. The XML feed currently is broken. It won’t parse in IE, and won’t load into SharpReader. I think it’s a character encoding problem. Looks like the bullets in the numbers post aren’t getting HTML-encoded properly

      Posted by gek on 2004 12 15 at 05:03 AM • permalink


    1. Excellent… is it possible to get the links at the top of the page for moving forward or backward in the posts.  Often, I’ll click a link from my RSS feed but then can’t move to another post.


      Posted by Rob on 2004 12 15 at 05:05 AM • permalink


    1. Would it be possible to get the kind of RSS that Firefox recognizes automatically (like on the old site)?

      Posted by jorgen on 2004 12 15 at 05:18 AM • permalink


    1. I’m working on it, jorgen.

      Posted by Andrea Harris on 2004 12 15 at 03:25 PM • permalink


    1. Update to what I reported:

      I no longer see the 4 pages of grey screens prior to the main body of the blog. Now I see the main body of the blog where it should be, right at the top.
      No more grey screens.

      It looks fine to me now.


      (I’m accessing the site via the same bookmark I used when I saw the grey screens.)

      Oh, I had no problems registering as others have reported.

      Posted by CJosephson on 2004 12 15 at 10:27 PM • permalink


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