June 03, 2005

"I'll Make It Fit..."*

(* A quote from an old tee vee commercial. Ten points if you can identify it.)

We've had a few complaints about the format here at the ol' Butcher Shop in the last couple days. Apparently, some readers have been seeing the sidebar moved all the way down to the bottom of the page. I never saw this on my screen, fwiw.

Anyhoo, I think I fixed the problem. It turns out that a certain blogger whose name rhymes with "TiVo" has been posting pics that are too wide for the margins. My simple, crude, but effective fix is simply to squish them sideways.

Let me know if you're still getting a screwy screen-view.

Yip! Yip!

UPDATE: Hmmmm....Some mixed reviews, still. This is strange. And how long has it been going on? Was anyone else going to tell me? Well?

Posted by Robert at June 3, 2005 12:31 PM

All better now. God is in his heavens, and the Goodfella Llamas are in the upper right hand corner where they belong.

Yip Yip!

Posted by: The Colossus at June 3, 2005 01:10 PM

Yep, looks good in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Posted by: phin at June 3, 2005 01:13 PM

Hmmm. I'm still not seeing the side-bar. I'm on IE

Posted by: red at June 3, 2005 01:21 PM

Actually - this is a new thing. yesterday I could see it, today I cannot.

Posted by: red at June 3, 2005 02:03 PM

The basic MT templates that rely on CSS positioning for the column placement have always seemed a bit funky to me. Nowadays, when I design a blog for someone, I often recommend an 800px-wide table for the layout. Upsides: table code is pretty darn standard, and handled roughly the same way by most browsers; most users have monitors better than 640x480; maximum allowable image width is easy to determine. Downside: lots of wasted screen real estate for readers with higher-res monitors.

I will say this for the CSS templates, though: they handle variable screen resolutions pretty well, if you want a full screen width presentation while keeping your sidebar at a consistent width.

(And if you think two columns are bad, try doing a three-column template via CSS. The sidebar placement alone can drive you crazy.)

Posted by: Russ at June 3, 2005 02:18 PM

IE *spit* is VERY sensitive to graphics being too large. Mozilla, Netscape and Firefox handle the graphics by slipping them behind anything they are overlapping.

IE *spit* also - not being a compliant web browser - adds to the specified margins around colums defined by cascading style sheets.

And if anyone changes the default font characteristics, IE *spit* is likely to roll over and die...

If you look at some default web templates from outfits like blogger, you will notice that they always give room on each margin, and the colums have some gutters between them. This is to make the style sheets work better with IE *spit* - though why anyone is still using this horrid piece of hacker bait is beyond me.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at June 4, 2005 10:44 AM
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