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Script Idgit
06-01-2009, 10:42 AM
Tear it apart; rip it up and smash it. I don't really care what I've done right - why fix what ain't broke. Just click on my sig.

Apostropartheid
06-01-2009, 05:18 PM
Alright then.

There's a glaringly obvious typography issue: either choose indented paragraphs or block paragraphs, not both. Also, if you choose indented ones, the first paragraph shouldn't be indented.

Couple of spelling and grammar ones too. 1930s shouldn't have an apostrophe. Elements' names shouldn't be capitalized. "My Food looks Healthy." should be "My Food Looks Healthy". Yes, I'm being petty, but you said to tear it apart and your writing image is very important the higher up the education ladder you go.

Your logo is really weird. It's pixelated and stretched. It doesn't really belong in the theme. Speaking of which, are you sure the theme is appropriate to the subject matter? It seems so abstracted from health.

Your homepage shouldn't really be straight into the article; I feel I've missed something along the way. Consider a page with an introduction, or some information on why health is important or why you're doing this (be creative!).

Okay, I'm done.

abduraooft
06-01-2009, 05:36 PM
Removing the clicked tab from the list may confuse the user. Instead keep it their and add some selected style to it. (http://www.codingforums.com/showpost.php?p=605564&postcount=3 may help)
It'd be nice if you add some script to remove the default text from the search box (http://www.codingforums.com/showthread.php?t=131094 may help)

I like the design and colors :)

abink
06-01-2009, 05:56 PM
I agree with abduraooft. Design looks alright. Might want to consider a little more contrast for those who can't see all that well (or those like me who keep their monitors dim). And add something like:


<input id="q" ... onfocus="this.select()" />

to the search query box.

Furthermore, I really like the content. Found myself reading quite a bit of it.

Script Idgit
06-02-2009, 02:17 AM
There's a glaringly obvious typography issue: either choose indented paragraphs or block paragraphs, not both. Also, if you choose indented ones, the first paragraph shouldn't be indented. - Could you be more specific as to where you encountered this. And, sorry - all paragraphs will remain indented.

Couple of spelling and grammar ones too. 1930s shouldn't have an apostrophe. - Fixed. Elements' names shouldn't be capitalized. - Don't know what you mean. "My Food looks Healthy." should be "My Food Looks Healthy". - Changed to My food looks healthy. Yes, I'm being petty, but you said to tear it apart and your writing image is very important the higher up the education ladder you go. - No, this is exactly what I want. I am a highly critical person, also - You just seem to be somewhat better edumacated.

Your logo is really weird. It's pixelated and stretched. It doesn't really belong in the theme. Speaking of which, are you sure the theme is appropriate to the subject matter? It seems so abstracted from health. - I'm not a graphic designer, or even a web designer for that matter. I'm just doing the best I can when it comes to this stuff. Care to design something better for me? Sans payment - of course. ;)

Your homepage shouldn't really be straight into the article; I feel I've missed something along the way. Consider a page with an introduction, or some information on why health is important or why you're doing this (be creative!). - I felt it was important to jump right to the meat of things. The why I'm doing this is on my about page.

Okay, I'm done. - Noooooooooo, Come back!

Script Idgit
06-02-2009, 02:23 AM
abink - The ... isn't allowed in XHTML 1.0 Transitional.

abduarooft - The pages you linked to are right on. The default text in the search box is fixed. It's going to take me a bit longer to do the nav. I have to do each page individually, but it will be implemented.

Anything else will be greatly appreciated.

abduraooft
06-02-2009, 09:09 AM
It's going to take me a bit longer to do the nav. I have to do each page individually, but it will be implemented. Don't you have any server side support like PHP to add some simple includes (http://php.net/include) ?

In IE6(use IE tester, if you don't have that browser), the search input and it's background are not in position. I think, it's better to seperate the search box's background from the header background and keep the header background a continuous one.

_Aerospace_Eng_
06-02-2009, 09:23 AM
abink - The ... isn't allowed in XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
They didn't mean to put that in there literally. What they were referring to was to select the text in the search box onfocus. Not sure if this will really be useful or not. I agree with the theme. It doesn't really go with health as it looks "dark". The top part of your layout is pixelated and doesn't match the gradient color on the bottom. I would think a theme for a health site would have bright colors. I too think you should be using php includes if you have to edit every the navigation on EVERY page. With includes you only need to edit it in one file not all of them.

Script Idgit
06-02-2009, 09:47 AM
I changed the padding to make it look a little better in IE. I don't know how to separate the search background from the header background. There's actually a lot I don't know how to do. I found this template and just changed it around to make it work the way I wanted because it was a CSS based template. The previous version of my site was done mostly with tables, and I know how y'all feel about tables. :thumbsup: You just love 'em. I just figure it out by changing stuff, seeing what it does and doing it again until I get it right. When I absolutely can't figure something out for myself I just run screaming to you guys for help.

Like I said before, I'm not a graphic or web designer. And, I don't have money to pay someone to do the work for me. I'm just passionate about the subject and am trying to do the best I can.

If someone knows of a really nice template that I can use that would go better with the health theme let me know. I've learned a lot from this forum and my searches on the net, but I wouldn't even begin to know where to start to design something of this magnitude on my own. I can work on using "includes" in the next version of my site. BTW - This is version 4, and by far the best yet.

Wow. Just went to the page about includes. I will be sitting in the corner rocking back and forth for a while now - please excuse me.

Apostropartheid
06-02-2009, 07:09 PM
Given the context I should have clarified. What I was referring to is the Perodic Elements, like nitrogen and potassium. These aren't considered proper nouns.

As for paragraphing, its style usually falls into one of three categories:
Block


...End of previous paragraph.

Beginning of new paragraph...
Indented


...End of previous paragraph.
Beginning of new paragraph...

Outdented


...End of previous paragraph.
Beginning of new paragraph...

Block paragraphs are more prevailent on the Internet, and I, myself, too found it difficult to break the indent habit, but it just looks better. If you insist on them, the first paragraph really should be flush to the side; that's pretty much a hard rule.

My complaint with the theme is that darkness and health seem fundamentally incompatible. It's giving me the wrong..."vibe", as it were.

Script Idgit
06-03-2009, 04:31 AM
Thank you Cyan - your input has been right on.

I changed the periodic elements, and am looking for brighter templates to use. If you have any suggestions let me know. The only thing I'm not going to change is the way I do my paragraphs. I believe, since the advent of messaging over the internet that the quality of writing in general has diminished greatly. Not that my grasp of the English language is anything to boast about, but I try to hold my site to a higher standard. None of the books magazines or newspapers I read start with a blockquote and then proceed to indents, and I believe, perhaps incorrectly, that web sites should be kept to the same standard as the printed word, but I'm gonna be stubborn about it anyway.

I'm attempting to find brighter, happier templates to work with. Know of any good sites? Should I go to a blog format - stick with this as a site? Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Apostropartheid
06-03-2009, 05:25 PM
You're perfectly right. I agree with your view in every aspect. What I have a problem with is the fact that you're hypercorrecting. You don't need to use both indents and a margin in between paragraphs. One or the other. It just looks odd. If you want to read up about typography, I'd recommend "The Elements of Typographic Style", which is a fantastic read if you're into the material. Even a casual flick will give you a great respect for the letter, from moveable type to aliased TTFs.

Do you know any PHP? Even if you don't, if you want a "blog-type" format, WordPress would be a cool choice. It comes automatically with reams of free templates. And, if you want to change it, it's a quick dip in the code.

Rowsdower!
06-03-2009, 09:38 PM
...Wow. Just went to the page about includes. I will be sitting in the corner rocking back and forth for a while now - please excuse me.

It's not as hard as it looks. Take a peek here:
http://rowsdower.freehostia.com/php?page=menu_includes

It basically consists of making one external menu file and then inserting a single line of php script into your existing pages in place of the current menu HTML. It's pretty easy and a huge relief once you get the hang of it.

Script Idgit
06-05-2009, 04:09 AM
Okay, I'm all done here. The edit button is gone, so could a moderator please mark this as resolved so people don't waste their time with it.

curtain-raiser
06-05-2009, 04:27 PM
Site is nice, I dont know much about code but your site is SE friendly and thats Imp too. Like your Way of internal linking, Placing of Adsense all are great a nice .INFo site which hard to see now a days.



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