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  1. Hi. I received an email today from site point extolling virtues of multibackgounds so I thought I'd give it a try. I copied the code and using localhost I could only view one image. (used IE9), so I then tried, firefox, google chrome, opera, and safari, again only one image, yet the site points example functioned. So, I copied their code, changed images to mine (yes the url was correct), still nothing, so.... I posted my page online and viewed it that way and yep, it worked. My question is, what am I missing, why can I view multiple image backgtounds if browsing online but cant if using localhost off line? That quirk seemd to be relevant to al browsers listed above. What am I missing? ... for interest here is their code <style> html { background-image:url(diagonal-gradient.png), url(53-a.png),url(37-a.png), url(29-a.png); background-size: 100% 100%, auto, auto, auto; padding:0;margin:0; height: 100%; } </style> Firefox didnt like the 'background-size' but it still displayed the result but only online. Is off-line testing maybe run in quirk-mode by the browsers? (I call localhost via visual studio 2008)I'd appreciate a bit of education. THanks
  2. Reply: it is something to do with where you store your image?I recreated your page and css and added a folder image - into that I placed an image and renamed it to yours. The image viewed through ie, so in theory your page works on the condition that ie can find your image. Check your paths etc?best I can do
  3. Hi. Suprised by what you say as the express group of MS programs are so designed for 'designers' to use foc (in the hope that they will move onto expressions or to the visual studio suite of programs); that said there are hundreds of free ide's out there - I have a dozen loaded onto my system which I flit between but prefer to use my visual studio which is dammed expensive so leave that idea alone. Why do they insist on note pad - not the best editor around; sounds like to me that they dont value the web design process; maybe its time to move on. Try Aurora Web Editor (it is from an Australian company) and was when I got it, free, and usable by anyone. It handles CSS and HTML and also offers some good 'add ons'. I liked their approach and while it isn't the best around but fine for someone to use and not to get into trouble with licences etc, it was not a badstart for me. http://www.aurorawebeditor.com/ I've just navigated there and they talk about buying it so they might have tightened things up a bit since my last visit - I downloaded their trial version a year ago and it still works okay. Suggest you also do some searches for yourself
  4. Hi. http://tredosoft.com/Multiple_IE will allow you to install ie 4, 5,6 on your pc alnog with your existing ie7. I use it for testing. Easy to install - and read their forum - there are a couple of quirks but only if you intend to do serious browsing using ie6 (to do with png's) but if like me you are using it for testing purposes then it is fine. If you are making ongoing amendments and viweing it in ie6 then just be aware that IE6 and 5 etc will require that you delete history - including 'local' - each time you view else it does not always show the updated version instead shows the cached version. Otherwise this a brilliant utility and was free!! It works by changing ie reg values - it removes the version number references so that the different ie versions do not conflict. Good luck.
  5. hi. Saw you posted in Oct. but just looked now. Liked your home page. THe about page is pkay to (break the text a bit wouldn't hurt) BUT problems with other pages. Stats; I'm using ie7 and the actual stats overlay the navigation - the dstats need moving to the right about a cm.try creating a div here (you dont need to float like i've suggested - you could set a left margin of say 200px)<div style="float:right; margin-right:1%;"> <h1 style='font-size:1.5em;margin:10px 10px 10px 0;display:inline;'>Top Goalscorers</h1><table style='width:600px;margin-left:20px;'><tr style='background:black;color:white;'><td>Player</td><td>League</td><td>Cup</td><td>Total</td></tr><tr><td style='text-align:left;'>Jamie Hampshire</td><td>9</td><td>2</td><td>11</td></tr><tr><td style='text-align:left;'>Russell Nichols</td><td>6</td><td>4</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td style='text-align:left;'>Elvis Ibraimi</td><td>4</td><td>0</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td style='text-align:left;'>Mark Bentley</td><td>1</td><td>1</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td style='text-align:left;'>Lewis MacDonald</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td style='text-align:left;'>Jamie Jackson</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td style='text-align:left;'>Gary Anstee</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td style='text-align:left;'>Ben Thorp</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td style='text-align:left;'>Alfred Konci</td><td>1</td><td>0</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td style='text-align:left;'>Leon Martin</td><td>0</td><td>1</td><td>1</td></tr></table><h2 style='font-size:1.5em;margin:10px 10px 10px 10px;display:block;'>Bookings</h2><table style='width:600px;margin-left:50px;'><tr style='background:black;color:white;'><td>Player</td><td>Yellow</td><td>Red</td></tr><tr><td style='text-align:left;'>David Bane</td><td>1</td><td>0</td></tr><tr><td style='text-align:left;'>Mark Bentley</td><td>1</td><td></td></tr></table></div></div>Good luck
  6. Hi. Just toured your site. The issues you talked about look visually as if they have been resolved. I'm looking at your site and thinking there is a lot of text and the other observation is that you lose the navigation idea when you hit the blog part - there the viewer is trapped and the way out is not obvious. I hit the back button which I never like the idea of (dont ask me why but a lot of people feel like that - for some reason it is an annoying thing to have to do). Another observation, and please do't be offended - after all it is only my opinion and who am I - You have a lot to say and a lot you want to say but your site does not allow the user to rest their brain or eyes - you need illustrations / pictures to break the text. Not everyone is - I think - a captivated ethusiast and you need to cater for them too? As a viewer I would like to 'hear' what you have to say - really - but I want to browse your thoughts not have them thrown at me without choice? Where are the subject headers and natural breaks which we all enjoy and welcome? My assessment is that you are trying sooooo hard to get the code right that youv'e forgotton a bit about your potential viewers. At the moment it's a bit like a tatooist's site verbosing on the merits of design and so on but forgetting to place examples of their work on the site? Good luck
  7. Hi, notice you posted this in Nov. so don't know if your project is still alive? The layout is kinda ok BUT - looking at it as a viewer, not a high flying designer, where are the flowers; I like flowers; this is about a festival - where are the flowers? I dont know if this would break your design idea or not but I would consider placing a really good fading flower graphic in the blank area too the left of your page. Like the post above; you draw to the header then stay there - you want the viewer to go to your text. On a positive note I really like your navigation tool bar - javascript? Abstract thought which I'm sure you will dimiss - the gray is too masculne - while gardeners were traditionally male the flower appeal tends towards the feminine; to suit your logo could you have a back ground - light opaque - of pink swirling to yellow then white with your text floating/hovering above (by using subtle shadow) - sort of suggesting insects ready to land? Goodluck
  8. hi. Just had a quick browse - I mean quick - at your site. The pay pal issue - it looks to me as if the image has been 'over stretched'. You need to souce another image or group of images which were larger than your originals - incidently this effect can happen to an image which has also been 'reduced too much. I have this problem with images all the time. Navigate to the pay pal site and see what you can grab.Over all the site looks okay but I am never keen on dark backgrounds which do not offer a good contrasting font colour; makes it hard to read and conversely; dark background with a small white font can be difficult too - looks to me as if you are using font size 8 or 9? maybe use the same font family but try stepping it up one font size - might glare less (I do not have brilliant eye sight so readability is always an issue) if you adjust the font colour from white to a very vague light gray> hardly different but can reduce the glare of white. Did you resolve your PHP issue as I'm interested in your solution too. GTood luck.
  9. Hi. I'm looking at this not as a Wow I'm a cool dude with CSS and HTML etc, but as 'visiter'. I like the horse but the back ground does not suit. You have used an indian red typr color for your headline font and the image is grey tone - I would use a very light gray tone as the background and highlight parts of your text in the same read tone. I've glanced at the the other posts and there seems a lot about the links.youv'e used: <div class="menleft"><p><a href="bio.php">About Anne</a></p><p><a href="gallery.php">Gallery 1</a></p><p><a href="gallery2.php">Gallery 2</a></p><p><a href="contact.php">Order/Contact</a></p></div>I personally would use a <ul><li> list. I would then creat a class for the current page - say class="active" and set formates for it slightly different to the links and hoover. and on each page set the class to the current <li> ie <li class ="active"> that will nicely sort out the 'current' page senario. Personally ditch the blue and experiment with your background colours. THe blue also makes the text 'less easy' to read. I had to stare. Good luck
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    Hi. I liked your clean and 'simple' (calm on top but paddling like mad below water) design. Personally I do not like sites which have too much going on or the colours do not balance. That said, I do think it needs a visual lift to make you want to read it. (it is only a personal view and is not meant to sound critical) The Prospectus section should grab the viewer immediately particually as this is the first part of the page which the viewer see's. Why should they read this??. My approach would be similar to yours but I would have added an interesting headline between 'prospectrus' and the start of the text. Could be something crass like "Head Teacher finally has her say!" this could have been rendered in 'h2' teal and underlined in 2px black and centered. On a site such as this I would ' Think newspaper / magazine'. For readability you could also have set this paragraph/text into 2 'floated' boxes?. Also I dont think that the links you have included actually do anything for the site and the other school links could be on an 'inside' page. I think you would be better served to link to maths for kids, and education/fun type sites. Why is this school better than the others? Also where is the ofsted report. Who teaches there; what 'something' special do the teachers bring to the school - ie does one speak russian or play netball for the county? that sort of thing. You've choosen a newspaper style approach, maybe you need to continue that idea literally. Also the art gallery needs a lot of work but I like the potential. Good luck.
  11. 7/2/2007 I've just read your last message and I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner - I've been out of circulation. I desperately want to try this lot out and browsing through it looks to be a great help. Thanks a lot and thanks for taking the time. This amatuer appreciates the clearness and the time taken. Thanks All I haver to do now is get Visual Web Developer to work propertly and then I'm there.Good luck Snows forecast but who cares
  12. RayHowell

    IIS Server

    for infor:Jan 16th 2007. Just read your message - there are work arounds means installing a couple of Dll's into your system32 folder; copid off win 200 pro - once done - I really cant remember there names sorry if I do I'll come back and let you know - I then used the Windows 2000 prof disc and the xp home installation disc. The files you need are mainly on the XP home disc, to unlock then you need to change the 2 dlls not very well noted above. I had to change the extensions to about 100 files so it was a fiddle but I copied then into a folder and having had to reintall ISS recently I just pointed the update wizard to that folder and reinstalled. It can be done. Bye
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