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CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-20-2003 17:32 Edit Quote

Well, my page seems to be passing CSS Validator and HTML Validator, but still doesn't pass Browsercam's test This last link is still active when I try and view- hopefully you can see as well.

How best to proceed?

Thanks.
CRO8

[This message has been edited by CRO8 (edited 07-20-2003).]

Emperor
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IP logged posted posted 07-20-2003 17:51 Edit Quote

CRO8: I'm afraid you have to logged in to see the results. You'd need to screencap the page and drop us a link to that. See:
http://development.gurusnetwork.com/discussion/thread/2151/

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CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-20-2003 18:05 Edit Quote

yup. Thought so. Try public page. Nope- Expl 5.2 Mac ain't a working.

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ozphactor
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IP logged posted posted 07-20-2003 21:21 Edit Quote

Still not working. I can see all of them except for IE/Mac.

Here's what I'm getting:



DL-44
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IP logged posted posted 07-20-2003 21:42 Edit Quote

Ok...so we can see that it's not working.

What is the question exactly?



ozphactor
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IP logged posted posted 07-20-2003 21:56 Edit Quote

How to get his site design to work in IE5/Mac.


...anyone have a Mac?

CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-21-2003 03:09 Edit Quote

Problem I need help with: Try and get my page to properly load in all browsers.

Running out of emails to use. Let me register a new one and re-post. Try to get MAC to atleast show up.
another 8 hour trial http://www.browsercam.com/public.aspx?proj_id=13261

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IP logged posted posted 07-21-2003 21:02 Edit Quote

If browsercam gives a description about why the site doesn't work with IE5/mac that would be incredbly nice to show us.

Right know i understand:
1) CSS Validator says "your site is ok"
2) Html validator says "your site is ok"
3) Browsercam says "your site is ok, but not for IE5/Mac"

Conclusion there is something on your site that is not compatble with IE5/Mac.
So your solution should be changing that "something".


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ozphactor
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IP logged posted posted 07-21-2003 21:09 Edit Quote

Browsercam is a service that simply takes a screencap of your page in a browser that you specify. It's not a validator. You look at the screencap and try to figure out what went wrong. Right now, I think CRO8's trying to show us what his site looks like in IE5/Mac.

ozphactor
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IP logged posted posted 07-21-2003 21:24 Edit Quote

OK, since everyone seems to be sitting around waiting for something to happen...

I got a screencap up for you guys to see:


Here's how it's supposed to look: http://www.hotfrogdesign.com/index_cover.htm

CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-22-2003 01:25 Edit Quote

Just got home from work- been nuts. Thanks ozphactor, you got a visual for us to see. Thats whats happening. I am puzzled, my code is valid but it will not be interpreted in Mac (which is why there is no picture on Browsercam!)

I am stumped and asking for any suggestions.

Thanks.
CRO8

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DL-44
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IP logged posted posted 07-22-2003 03:18 Edit Quote

"valid" doesn't in any way mean that it will do what you want it to do. It basically just means your syntax is correct and you didn't spell any of the attributes wrong

There's no way for the validator to figure out what your intentions are, and so no way for the validator to know if it will work.

Just wanted to clarify that point. I can't really say off hand what the problem is.

CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-22-2003 03:22 Edit Quote

Thanks DL. Yeah I figured as much. Puzzling . . .

ozphactor
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IP logged posted posted 07-22-2003 03:47 Edit Quote

Ok, I've taken another look at it, and it looks like IE/Mac isn't reading a few of your positioning values. Namely, "top" and "left".

If you go through the CSS and remove all instances of "top", and "left", as well as their respective values, the result is almost identical to what it looks like in IE/Mac.

The 3 main navigation buttons are still there, you just can't see them. They're being pushed off the page because the negative margins are being rendered but "top" and "left" are not.

An even more puzzling aspect to all this is that the positioning property "right" seems to be working... correctly. The contact button is sticking to the right edge of the page just like the "right: 2%" told it to do. Once again the "top: 77%", isn't being rendered.


This is all really weird because the properties "top" and "left" were implemented before "right" and "bottom". Therefore, we had some older browsers that rendered the first two, but not the latter. What we're seeing is a relatively modern, standards-compliant browser that only understands "right" and "bottom", but not "top" and "left". That's absurd.



CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-22-2003 03:53 Edit Quote

ozphactor- thanks. What a pain. I guess one of my options is to put everything in tables . . . ?

ozphactor
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IP logged posted posted 07-22-2003 05:06 Edit Quote

Well, that is an option.

The way I see it, though, whenever you start putting things into tables, you sacrifice a certain amount of flexibility. Even if you opt for a hybrid table+CSS trick, you'll still be limited by having your content in a table. The great thing about CSS is that if I want something there, I can put it there. I don't need to add/remove/resize any table cells to do so.

Why resort to tables when the same thing can be accomplished so elegantly with CSS only? Judging from the fact that your pages renders more or less correctly in all browsers except IE5/Mac, I think we can safely assume, this was not of your doing.

The great thing about your page right now is that it's in what I like to call "optimal debugging mode". That is to say, the page is stripped down to it's bare essentials, and anything that doesn't relate to the problem at hand is removed. All you have is four images, each contained within it's own div. The only other thing is a background image which we can use as a reference point. It *should* be a piece of cake. We *should* have our work cut out for us.

To be honest, I really like the way your page flows. It's great that everything is so liquid and rescalable. I'm almost certain this can be solved one way or another.


My advice: Don't give up just yet.

Slime
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IP logged posted posted 07-22-2003 05:19 Edit Quote

Fiddle. Take things out and put things in, and try to come up with something that works as you expect it to, even if it's not what you're going for. Then modify it until you notice something specific that's not working as it should. When you've narrowed down a specific issue like that, look for an alternate way of doing the same thing which works around the problem.

I suspect that the absolute positioning + negative margins might be confusing IE 5/mac.

This is one of those things that you won't likely figure out without being able to sit at a computer with the problematic browser and fiddle with the page.

ozphactor
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IP logged posted posted 07-22-2003 05:55 Edit Quote

Good advice, Slime... unfortunately, though, not many of us have access to a mac...

Steve
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IP logged posted posted 07-22-2003 13:01 Edit Quote

Okay - sorry. I do, but I've been out of the loop for a while. I can confirm that Safari look they way you want it to, and IE 5 looks the way oz showed you, and I can't help with why it is so. Sorry.

I've got a really busy day today, but if you post changes I'll try to keep an eye on this thread, at least in the evening, and try it again periodically.

sorry to have overlooked this!

Steve


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CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-22-2003 13:36 Edit Quote

hey thanks for the support! OK, then. Actually my day job is so busy- and tonight I am going to a NYPHP meeting. So it may have to be put off until tomorrow evening. I will keep you posted.

Thanks!

Steve
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IP logged posted posted 07-22-2003 14:48 Edit Quote

I'm sorry for giving this such a cursory look, but ... why the huge negative margins? "margin-top: -157px;". Is it possible IE 5 Mac is honoring these and rendering the image ABOVE the viewport, thus making them effectively invisible?

Just a thought...

ozphactor
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IP logged posted posted 07-22-2003 19:01 Edit Quote

Yeah, that seems to be what's happening. Read through the entire thread... I already noted that.

Steve
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IP logged posted posted 07-23-2003 00:54 Edit Quote

Oh - right. Sorry - I did miss that. Was paying too much attention to your discussion of right, top, left, bottom.

I'm thinking that it's not that IE Mac doesn't understand "top" and "left", but rather that it honors the negative margins MORE.

CRO8 - did you try removing the negative margins? What are they there for anyway?



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ozphactor
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IP logged posted posted 07-23-2003 01:04 Edit Quote

Unfortunately, the negative margins are what CRO8 uses to position the elements correctly.

For example if the background image is 77% from the top, then the rollovers are 77% from the top, and the negative margin-top is used to push the rollover a certain number of pixels up.

Negative margins can be extremely useful in this way, allowing you to replicate positioning that was previously only possible with tables.

And frankly, I'm hoping we won't have to resort to the latter.

CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-23-2003 03:12 Edit Quote

Steve

Yeah- Oz is correct. In order for me to make it so my page proportionately resizes in different screen resolution settings- I needed to use negative margins (Suho’s suggestion). I think that is the problem. The only difference between the contact button and the other images is that contact does not have a negative margin, so the browser is only interpreting the 77% top.

I took out all negative margins for the orange images and positioned them in absolute pixels. http://www.browsercam.com/public.aspx?proj_id=13721


what suppsed to look like: http://www.hotfrogdesign.com/index_cover2.htm

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Steve
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IP logged posted posted 07-23-2003 04:27 Edit Quote

Getting closer - at least IE5 and Safari look the same. Unfortunately, "contact" is in the "water", the background graphic. and 'interactive photography" isn't sitting on the white bar, but looks like progress


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DL-44
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IP logged posted posted 07-23-2003 04:52 Edit Quote

K, I gave this a shot, with none of the negative margins or all that unnecesary positioning either. Also converted to an xhtml strict doctype.

Any one wanna see how this looks on ie5 mac? http://in-dented.com/temp/index_cover.htm



CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-23-2003 05:12 Edit Quote

DL- how did you postion the elements without usual CSS <div> tags? xhtml?

DL-44
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IP logged posted posted 07-23-2003 05:43 Edit Quote

They are in a <div>.

{{edit for clarification: <div>'s have *nothing* to do with CSS. They are an HTML element. Like any other HTML element, you can specify style attributes for them via CSS, including 'position'.}}

But you don't need a <div> for each image. They simply line up naturally at the top of the <div> as they should. You also don't need to specify their left position. The background image runs 30px down from the top of the <div>, as the CSS tells it to.

If you were to need to position each actual image, for some other purpose, you still don't need a <div>. All a <div> is is a 'blank' block level element. You give the img the id instead, and it will work the same.

The 'contact' graphic is in it's own <div> nested inside the main <div>, but it actually doesn't have to be - you could just give the <img> the id of "contact" and remove the <div> tags and the styles would be applied to it the same as they are now.

XHTML is simply more structured HTML. More "proper" you might say.



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ozphactor
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IP logged posted posted 07-23-2003 05:48 Edit Quote

Someone check that thing in IE5/Mac. Browsercam's still being a bitch...

Here's where we stand: http://www.browsercam.com/public.aspx?proj_id=13729

Looks like we're making progress. Still, there's little things here and there that need fixing.

CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-23-2003 16:19 Edit Quote

Thanks DL- the page looks great- I will look into XHTML. I checked the one I did (w/o neg margins) on my Mac at work and yes- we are making progress. All images are present and located in proper position (of course, needs tweaking). Just need to go back and make minor edits. I think I will forget about negative margins- and size it in absolute pixels and not worry about it resizing in browser resolutions. I will design it with 1240 screen res in mind and put the contact image right aligned in a table set to 90%, so that way when the browser screen res changes, that little itty bitty contact image remains under the water image and all the way to the right of the screen. I am kind of sad that I cannot develop this page so it resizes in different res settings- but all well.

Feedback?

Thanks!
CRO8


DL-44
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IP logged posted posted 07-23-2003 18:22 Edit Quote
quote:
I am kind of sad that I cannot develop this page so it resizes in different res settings



Has anyone been able to check my version on a Mac? It looks great on IE6, Mozilla 1.4, NN 7.0 and is fully liquid as you wanted.

Why, if this works, why would you resort to a table?

Is it the xhtml? If so, don't be put off. xhtml is html. It's just a little stricter in that you have to close all of your tags, you have to be certain that any nested elements are properly nested, etc. You can read up on it here - http://www.gurusnetwork.com/tutorials/html/xhtml/xhtml1.html
I recommend to anyone coding html that they bump it up to xhtml.



[This message has been edited by DL-44 (edited 07-23-2003).]

CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-23-2003 19:08 Edit Quote

Oh DL beat me to it . . . I will reply later this afternoon when I have more time! In the meantime . . .

Hey- I really appreciate everyone's support with this project. 30 replie. Great.

Check this out guys. My photography page where I also used negative margins. I am looking at it on my Mac at work- his is exactly the way I intended it to be viewed. Weird!

http://www.hotfrogdesign.com/photography.htm

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ozphactor
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IP logged posted posted 07-23-2003 19:28 Edit Quote

Yep, I got a hold of an iMac at this, er, university place. The photography page looks fine.

Anything you want tested in IE 5.1 in OS 9.2, lemme know in the next, oh... 2 hours?

CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-24-2003 05:14 Edit Quote

Thanks DL + Oz. Oz- just got back from work 11pm, whew. Thanks for the 2 hour offer. I am going to go with what DL suggested and look into xhtml . . . unless someone can exlplain why my photography page looks fine using negative margins, but main page looks screwy.

DL-44
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IP logged posted posted 07-24-2003 16:06 Edit Quote

The XHMTL is not the issue. As I said, it's just HTML with a couple extra rules. I mainly went to XHTML for the sake of using a 'strict' rather than 'transitional' doctype. I happened to have an xhtml1.0 strict doctype handy to copy and paste, so that's what I used. A 'transitional' doctype will make new browsers handle things a little differently than it should, so a strict doctype is always preferable (IMO).

Look at the code - it is plain old HTML. you just have to be more careful about structure and closing tags when you move up to xhtml.

Please get the idea that xhtml is something 'different' out of your mind. The method of setting up the layout, and the CSS that I used are what made this layout work - not xhtml.

ozphactor
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IP logged posted posted 07-24-2003 22:01 Edit Quote

Apparently, the combination of absolute positioning and negative margins causes IE5/Mac to fail. It's a known bug.

This is a >little article I found<, and while it doesn't relate exactly to what you're trying to do, it does contain a CSS hack for IE5/Mac specific rules that could come in handy.

[EDIT: You might also find this page off the Apple Developer Network helpful: >straight from the source<]



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CRO8
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IP logged posted posted 07-25-2003 01:02 Edit Quote

OK DL got it. OZ, thanks for the articles. Finally got hom from work at a decent hour. I am going to dive into this and re-post my progress.

Thanks again guys.

Steve
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IP logged posted posted 07-25-2003 05:22 Edit Quote

Well, I didn't get home from work at a decent hour, and when I did http://in-dented.com/temp/index_cover.htm
gave me a "server not found" error.

Sorry. I'd give you feedback, but can't find a page to point a browser at. shold have more time tomorrow. Give me a good link and I'll tell you what i see.

DL-44
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IP logged posted posted 07-25-2003 14:29 Edit Quote

dammit.

having problems with my domain at the moment.

I'll get back to you...

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