I’m such a geek

You’ll have to pardon the brevity of the post, but I’ve been working most of the day today on trying to fix a problem with the template that’s in use on the blogzreview blog (which just happens to be the same one in use on Snoskred’s blog as well).

The problem with the template (DownRight v3.0 by Thur Broeders) is that it loads the sidebars first, and then the center of the page, which contains the posts. However, the optimal way for the page to load would be for it to go progressively – left, center and then right.

So, I took out the code for the blogzreview, and started hacking away at it. I’d change one thing, think it’d fix the problem, load it in, preview, but fu*k! it wasn’t fixed. I went through this for about an hour or two, and had a sudden brainstorm – why not take a look around Thur’s site to see if there was a fix. Lo and behold, there was! DownRight v2.1. See that note at the top? I didn’t see that until later; all I saw was that it said that it loaded the middle first, and that it had been tested in Firefox, IE and Opera. I downloaded it, adapted the blogzreview code, saved it in Blogger, then checked. It looks fabulous, and it did what I wanted it to do.

Then a little while later, after it was put in on Snos’ blog, she comes back to me and says to open it up in IE. Apparently, one of the side effects of this template is that IE takes it that the right sidebar is supposed to be below the posts, and that everything is supposed to be on the far right edge of the page. I’ve been trying to figure it out for almost two or three hours now, with no luck, so I’ve decided to just let it go until tomorrow; the sites all load fine in any other browser, except for IE 6.0 and lower.

One site that really helped me out was the listing of all CSS properties on one page, so I had an idea as to what is valid for CSS and as to what I can put into a style argument.

And if anyone can help with the IE question, I’m open to ideas, suggestions, and any other propositions you might have. πŸ™‚

3 thoughts on “I’m such a geek

  1. My blog sometimes has problems where the right sidebar appears under the posts. This is because in the post I’ve just made (or a previous one, but I catch it once I post by checking on the main page that the blog looks okay) there are too many breaks that don’t have “partners” if that makes sense. Like if I have < p >blah blah< /p >
    < p >blah blah< p >haha< /p >
    See I’m missing a < /p > ?

    I don’t know if it’s the same thing, but that’s the only reason my sidebar appeared under all the posts at the bottom of the page, just thought I’d throw it out there. πŸ™‚

    Edit: I had to add spaces above.

  2. Thanks for the suggestion, but that actually wasn’t what the problem was. I finally figured out a way to force everything to where it’s supposed to be using CSS (specifically the “position: absolute” attribute).

    And, actually, Blogger is quite stingy about the code being proper (in their eyes), so if there was a hanging <p> tag (or, what usually happens to me, a <a> tag will be opened, but not closed), it will not let you preview or save the template.

    Thanks for stopping by πŸ˜‰

    And, by the way, if you want to make the symbols for the less-than and greater than, you can use this – “& l t ;” and “& g t ;” (without the spaces, natch) which yields < and > respectively πŸ™‚

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