Tuesday, May 22, 2007

technical difficulties

For some reason, I can't see my sidebar on my blog. This has happened before, and I have an inkling as to why and when I have more time to tinker, I'll take a look under the template hood.

Be a pal, huh, and let me know if you can see my sidebar and what browser you're using. I've had this discussion before...

And stay tuned. There's one last entry in the Bordwell-Thompson series coming, an entry on Amarcord. That's right, I'm fearlessly tackling that beautiful mess of a Fellini film. I'll be talking about editing.

Seriously, though, is the sidebar pushed down to the bottom? Lemme know...



Blogger Tuwa said...

Sidebar appears at the top in Firefox 2.0 and in Opera 9, at the bottom in IE 6.

What's your inkling about why it dropped to the bottom?

(My suspicion is it's the padding on block-level elements in IE's broken box-model; I'll take a look at the CSS and see what it shows.)

May 22, 2007 3:16 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

You have images in your sidebar which are 240px wide, which is wider than the sidebar itself. IE is expanding the div to fit the images, then moving the sidebar to the bottom since it thinks the two can't float side by side in #content.

Two possible fixes:
1) (this one will clip your images, so you probably don't want to do it) add
overflow:hidden; to #sidebar in your CSS.

2) resize the images so they're the 220px or narrower allowed for the sidebar.

I just tested#2 with a batch process in Photoshop and it seems to work. It looks like all the flickr images in the sidebar are in divs, not paragraphs, so you're spared trying to calculate how many px your em padding translates into (an impossible task).

May 22, 2007 3:51 PM  
Blogger Ted Pigeon said...

I'm on safari and I see your sidebar just fine. I've been having issues with mine as well, albeit less important ones (italicizing and bold fonts). Hope you get yours resolved soon!

May 22, 2007 4:49 PM  
Blogger johanna said...

thanks, guys -- that makes sense, I think, tuwa...unfortunately, this will have to wait until i have home access again (soon, i hope) and can resize the images.

my hunch was that i had used text captions for the photos in a recent article, something i had never done or even tried before and that there was some overflow from that blocking the sidebar

i normally operate on safari at home, so it's possible this has been going on without my knowing it, since i only ever use IE at the library (poor student's luck)

it's amazing how important that silly sidebar has become, really

Tuwa, for some reason I now think of you as the Handyman Negry of the film blogger neighborhood : )

Danke. Grazzi. Merci.

May 22, 2007 5:29 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

You're welcome.

I fell asleep after I posted that second comment above; once I woke up it occurred to me there was at least a third possible fix: to widen #sidebar to allow the images at their current width, and to widen #content by the same amount.

It's possible, though, that the template designer chose those widths for a reason. I'm not sure ...

It looks like 800x600 is the smallest common monitor resolution these days, and widening your #content from 660px to 680 should still allow the full site to exist in a browser window (scroll bars usually take up another 20px or so, so that should leave you about 100px to spare).


May 22, 2007 6:11 PM  
Blogger johanna said...


i may try that third, too. i'll let you know what i turn up.

May 23, 2007 11:48 AM  

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