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  1. Awesome that it validates, and everything works. The layout is good. My only suggestions would be to try to make a higher res picture for your header, it is a bit fuzzy around some of the words and edges. The second is when you are on something other than the index, the menu seems to be really tall because it is the same color as the header and the submenu. Perhaps some sort of border, or a different shade.
  2. It seems very functional so far. And it validates. So very few people who post here take the time to validate before they post. I don't know if you purposely validated it, or if you just wrote very good code, but awesome job there. As for the site itself, if you are planning to use it on the web, I would highly suggest getting a different domain name than a subdomains at x10hosting. And the website could defintely use a few more colors, and maybe a logo or something, help spice it up a bit. And of course anything having anything to do with money aught to be secured, and https: instead of http:
  3. Very nice, I like the layout, the colors are nice. It feels like a good gamehelp website. Two suggestions. The text at the very bottom of the screen is hard to read in that font. And the other small thing would be to validate your website.http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validat...ibiahelp.com%2Fhttp://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&am...ibiahelp.com%2FThe validator helps you write clean code that will be the most cross-browser that it can be (even for IE). It can also help avert future problems. And lastly validating your code lets people know that you cared to make it as compatible as possible.
  4. mmcspadden

    Gfx Zone

    Pretty basic forum layout. Nothing special. There is alot of empty space at the top, but beyond that, not much to say about it.
  5. I had the same type of problem on my website. I solved it very simply. It looks like you are using a WYSIWYG program to create it. If you feel comfortable in the code, just go in and move the div containing your menu down physically in your code. If you don't specify most browsers simply display the divs layered in the order that they are in the code. The last one in the code will be the top one on the page. This includes javascript and css menus. It is a very busy website, and alot of blue. I might suggest using a different color every once in a while. Also the menu items that are in a cursive font are hard to read at a glance, you might switch those to a more web friendly font like Times New Roman, Ariel, Verdana, etc.
  6. I've never been a fan of background pictures, but I would agree with the other suggestions by ingolme, some sort of texture, borders, or a different color between the header and the menu might add some stuff to it. This is more a question than a critique, why did you create a new sub folder for each page? Was there some structural thing or something? I've always found it much easier to create multiple pages in one directory rather than multiple directories.
  7. I'm going to echo what Ingolme and madsovenielsen said. We could sit here and type out how to do that, how to connect the CSS to your page, and how to associate the css with a certain part of it, but that would take a long time, and that is why W3school made the tutorials. It might seem a bit daunting at first, but CSS is a powerful tool that is being used more and more on websites.The basic concept of CSS is to let HTML display the information, and only have in the html what to display, then in CSS you have HOW to display it. Aso check out the validation page, it might help catch things like that. http://validator.w3.org/
  8. For future notice, posting your code would help some. The major problem seems to be that whatever tags you are using are simply by default going below the tag above it. To fix this you have two options. The simplest would be to simply do something like this. <table> <tr> <td>"Chat Room Code"</td> <td>"Picture"</td> </tr></table> That would work to get them on the same line, then simply adjust the width as needed. A more proper way to do it (since tables aren't really supposed to be used for layout, though they are a very simple way to get started), would be to use divs rather than tables. I believe dsonesuk posted a layout using divs and CSS, if you arefamiliar enough with CSS that would be the more proper way to go.
  9. Try going to a different page deleting all offline data and whatnot using the browsers own functionality. Then go back to your webpage. I have found sometimes the caching will get stuck on firefox. But i use ftp all the time, and I overwrite files all the time, and usually it is one of two things when it doesn't work. Either I need to hit refresh, or sometimes I edited and uploaded a file, only to realize that I was looking at the wrong page in my browser so it never changed. We all have problems like that sometimes, but definitely try clearing your browser's cache, and if it is changing in IE, then you know at least the files are making it to the internet.
  10. Why the stink are you using flash for something like that in the first place? There is no reason. It is adding more code than you need and is breaking your website. Why not try something like this. Here is the HTML <html> <head> <link rel="stylesheet" media="all" type="text/css" href="stuff.css"> </head> <body> <div> <table class="menu"> <tr> <td><a href="index.html">Main</a></td> <td><a href="index.html">Manifesto</a></td> <td><a href="index.html">About</a></td> <td><a href="index.html">etc</a></td> </tr> </table> <table class="menu2"> <tr> <td><a href="index.html">Main</a></td> <td><a href="index.html">Manifesto</a></td> <td><a href="index.html">About</a></td> <td><a href="index.html">etc</a></td> </tr> </table> </body></html> Now add a CSS file to your directory .menu td{ width:150px; height: 35px; background-image: url(pic1.jpg); background-repeat: no-repeat; } .menu td:hover { width:150px; height: 35px; background-image: url(pic2.jpg); background-repeat: no-repeat; } .menu2 td{ width:150px; height: 35px; background-color: #D3D3D3; } .menu2 td:hover { background-color: #000000; } .menu2 a { color: #000000; } .menu2 a:hover { color: #D3D3D3; } Now obviously you will need to fiddle with sizing, coloring, and get your own pictures, but it is a simple way to get a decent menu that changes when you hover over it without using anything so complicated as Flash to do it. The first menu would be to have a background picture that changes when you hover over it. The second is even simpler with the background color changing. Also at the bottom of the CSS is how you change the text color if you wanted. I threw that together in about 5 minutes, but without much work you could get a very functional menu with much less code and with much less hassle. Also I always recommend validation to help correct problems and fix future ones. Seehttp://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&am...m%2Findex2.htmlhttp://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validat...m%2Findex2.htmlBeyond those two things it seems to be a decently layed out website.
  11. Well you would need some knowledge of HTML before using your site for CSS, but overall an interesting concept. Switching between pages seemed to work alright for me. I'd second what CloneTrooper said, I had to move the output box around some as well in order to go to the next page. Also, I'm not very familiar with Java at all (and your most recent question should probably be posted in that forum), but could you simply make the browser compatibility an automatic thing? PS the CSS on your site does not validate. I noticed you were working to make sure all your CSS was valid, and it might be good to make sure the site's CSS is valid as well. http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validat...FcssBuilder.php
  12. I apologize for taking so long to reply. I think PizzaGuy did a pretty good job with the parked domains. Often they are domains that are misspellings of real domains, that have similar content for their ads to try to trick people, and because of that, people try to avoid the parked domains if they know about them. As for the validation, 2 big reasons. 1. To avoid future problems as I stated originally. There have been many times in my websites that there was something in the validation that I didn't bother with, because everything worked fine. Then as I started adding more content and modifying the layout slightly to accommodate the new content, I started having problems. And more times than I'd like to remember, by correcting the things according to the validator it would fix the problem. Now I validate as I build them, and it is not as much of a chore that way. 2. To show those who care, that you are trying your best to make your website as standard as possible to allow the biggest number of people to it. It shows that you have taken the extra time to try to make your site the correct way. And that means something to other web developers.
  13. You've got some well written code, and it validates which is even better. The code might be a bit hard to read for a human, but that happens when you generate code as opposed to long handing it. Overall a pretty good site, my suggestion would be to not have the header background and main background the same color and the menu a different one. You either need all three the same or perhaps 3 different colors that all match. The menu just seems a bit disjointed to me.
  14. I recently wrote my own little webapp from scratch. I use php to create a random number which is used for a temp folder name to store the files in. I also use php to create a name for the resulting zip file using the date. Both of these are created after submitting the first page which creates the batch file. Both the random number and the filename are used in the batch file. The second page just lets them know if the batch was created without errors, and when they submit the second page it runs the batch script on the server and brings you to the third page where it gives you a link to your file. The two names are created on the first page, and used on both the second and third pages. I am currently using html text boxes and functions to port the info from one page to the next.Now that you have the background, what i would like to know is if there is a more elegant way in PHP to bring the info along without having it in the html code and without using cookies.
  15. If I may be so bold as to ask, why in the world you need to look at a website in print view in the first place?
  16. Try removing the transparency line from your CSS and see if that changes anything about whether you can click it on IE. that will tell you if it even has anything to do with the transparency at all.
  17. I'd agree with every other post here. There is no legit reason to need to disable the close button on a window, and because of that it is not an option with normal code.
  18. The color scheme is nice, the website re-sizes alright. Also the hover over a link and have it underline is a nice touch.I will mention, and I mention this to everyone who comes through here that hasn't already is to validate your code. Check outhttp://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&am...rez%2Findex.phphttp://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validat...rez%2Findex.phpAlso the copyright info is too small to read. Now this next thing could just be me. But your news box at the top reminds me of an advertising box. I would tend to ignore it's content, but that is just me. Lastly, this is not so much a critique as a bit of advice in general for backgrounds. It is a nice background, matches the color set nicely, but you want to use pictures or patterns are backgrounds sparingly. As a general rule they tend to distract from the content which is usually why they are there. Adding more content would probably also help. Not many big websites use a printed background, but the ones that do it tastefully do it in such as way that it enhances the content, and not taking away from it. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with your background, but I viewed it on a 19" monitor and there was alot of picture and not alot of content is all.
  19. First the good, the colors are a good match as far as I am concerned. Your html passes validation. You might add some character encoding (I like using the meta tag method such as <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8">), but the character coding is not an all important point. Also your site seems to resize alright between 1280x1024 and 800x600. Now the critiques, several of your headings are near unreadable. If you want people to read your stuff, putting black on dark purple, not a good idea. Secondly your CSS aught to pass validation. Check out http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validat...use.webs.com%2FAnd lastly if you are making a website to teach yourself web developement you are off to a good start. If you are making one to actually get people visiting it, then you need to actually come up with a topic now and start working towards that. Trying to make a website for no reason results in either no website, or a bad website.
  20. Ummmm, this could just be me, but having a popup on your page when you first visit, and even more so one that says pretty much the same thing as other parts of your website is not a good thing. The second thing that I notice is the apparent lack of capitalization for menus, text, headers, etc. This gives it a very unprofessional feel overall. I also always recommend validating your website.Check outhttp://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&am...2Fzembly.com%2Fhttp://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validat...2Fzembly.com%2FOn the good side, The color scheme I think is nice, very web 2.0 with the 3D buttons. It seems like a very well designed layout.
  21. Honestly although it is possible to get round corners with css, 95% of them still use pictures to create the corners. My suggestion is simply to take your background turn it into an image. Then set that image as the background for a div or table element of the same size. Then simply center your text.
  22. Redirects are usually not the best way to start a visitor off on your website, can't stand redirects myself, but if you must use it, below is an example redirect using the meta tag. <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"><html><head><title>Your Page Title</title><meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="0;url=http://www.the-domain-you-want-to-redirect-to.com"></HEAD><BODY>Optional page text here.</BODY></HTML>
  23. Well, for starters.... don't use frames. There are many things on W3schools that shows you how to do something, but that does not mean it is the best way. Frames are dated technology that should not be used on a normal site anymore. Secondly do not use the extension .htm again this is an old extension that was used back when computers could only handle 3 letter extensions. use .html instead. Third in regards to <br> vs. <br /> it seems like you are trying to mix html and xhtml. These are two seperate languages. They are extremely similar, but you cannot mix them together and still validate. Some things will validate for html that are incorrect for xhtml and vice versa. Pick one and stick with it. There is a line of code refered to as the doctype. It goes above even the html tag. This line tells the browser if it is html or xhtml etc. If you don't have that, the validator will guess, which is not good if you are mixing languages. Fourth, I would always recommend learning html first followed by CSS and then followed by xhtml. Once you have the basics of html down and combine it with the power of CSS you can do awesome things with a website. After that, learning xhtml is really only a matter of syntax. My tip is don't get discouraged if you can't build a website in a week, it takes time to learn. Also check out other websites. I love W3schools and I use it to start all my research, but there is often more than one way to skin a cat so to speak, and seeing how other sites do something might help you understand what you are doing even better.
  24. Hey,You are definitely missing some code there. Divs will nest just fine and will display in the order that they are in the code. Unless you are using some fancy CSS they will appear in a column one after the other. If you can include the rest of your code it would be very helpful. Also there are some code tags that make stuff a bit more readable. Check out the buttons at the top of the edit box when you are posting. It will seperate the code from your notes making it easier for people to help you.
  25. I would echo the post before me, it definitely has the feel of a parked domain. Not to say that the design is bad, only that many people who are online alot would probably leave before really looking around. My suggestions, make sure you website validates. Even if your site displays fine in all the major browsing, I recommend validating for cleaner code and to fix problems before they happen.http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&am...themusic.net%2Fhttp://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validat...themusic.net%2F
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