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mallorymaloney
06-26-2005, 08:25 PM
Hello everyone, I would be very grateful if anyone would review my domain!

http://www.mallorymaloney.com/

It is a personal site and blog. There is some things for visitors, such as Free Graphics for other people's sites, some things to read, and helpful links.

One thing ... My site is meant to be viewed in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher ... With a resolution of 800 x 600.

It does not work in other browsers to my knowledge, I haven't tested myself, but I've gotten quite a few of snide comments about it.

And if you use a higher resolution, my site will appear small, and hard to read. A lower resolution ... I'm not sure.

But anyway, with these things in mind, I'd love to hear your comments!

JamieR
06-26-2005, 08:33 PM
Ya, it doesn't work properly in Firefox @ 1600x1200 ;)

CSS is a better choice for layout. Your code is a huge mess, no wonder it doesn't work in other browsers :p

In terms of design, it looks quite nice. However I think it would look better if it was centered, rather than sloping off to the site that it is at my res.

Ranger56
06-26-2005, 08:33 PM
Well, you should try to make it work in all browsers and resolutions...


http://img93.echo.cx/img93/6272/enter8yh.th.gif (http://img93.echo.cx/my.php?image=enter8yh.gif)

http://img93.echo.cx/img93/2710/tiny5xc.th.gif (http://img93.echo.cx/my.php?image=tiny5xc.gif)


Should it be that small?

JamieR
06-26-2005, 08:38 PM
CSS and acessibility is becoming increasingly important - your code is a total mess, lol.

mallorymaloney
06-26-2005, 08:43 PM
Hey, thanks, guys.

Weazel, I do use CSS ... Or do you mean external CSS stylesheets? Oh, and when you say a total mess ... Can you give me an example? ((I thought it was quite tidy ...))

And Ranger, nope, it should not be that small, unfortunately. Sorry about this. I could try to make my site look good in other resulotions, I suppose, but it would be sort of tricky.

I don't know about other browsers, that would be next to impossible for me, because I only use Microsoft Internet Explorer, I don't want to risk downloading any other browsers to test ... Plus I am not sure how to fix the coding so it appears properly in all browsers, anyway.

gsnedders
06-26-2005, 08:46 PM
Why is it a risk downloading another browser? Why not download one so you then have a more secure browser?

mallorymaloney
06-26-2005, 08:48 PM
Why is it a risk downloading another browser? Why not download one so you then have a more secure browser?

I have heard FireFux, for example, ((At least I think it was FireFux,))Is nearly impossible to uninstall, and I have heard that some download spyware onto your system, things like that.

Doesn't sound very secure to me.

JamieR
06-26-2005, 08:49 PM
Hey, thanks, guys.

Weazel, I do use CSS ... Or do you mean external CSS stylesheets? Oh, and when you say a total mess ... Can you give me an example? ((I thought it was quite tidy ...))


Erm...


1) No DTD
2) No character encoding
3) no <body></body> tags on main page (not splash page)
etc...

Also your splash page doesn't even use tables..well I think <hr> is a table element, but there is a lot missing from the code of that page.

Also you are using CSS to a certain extent, however your whole sites layout isn't powered via CSS, and you have several different CSS declearations in your page, you only need one with all your style info in it ;)

gsnedders
06-26-2005, 08:53 PM
I have heard FireFux, for example, ((At least I think it was FireFux,))Is nearly impossible to uninstall, and I have heard that some download spyware onto your system, things like that.

Doesn't sound very secure to me.
Well, you better have your security settings in IE turned up pretty high if your gonna take that attitude. And it's also less likely to download spyware than IE...



Also, Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the HTTP, and more or less the internet, has said that your site shouldn't require any specific browser or resolution. You should be able to view it in Internet Explorer 1 - 6, Netscape 1 - 7, Mozilla, Camino, Firefox, Safari, Lynx, and whatever other browsers you can name, and get the same content.

JamieR
06-26-2005, 08:56 PM
Firefox is immune to BHOs like extra toolbars apart from extensions to it etc....

In terms of firefox being "impossible to uninstall", that's nonsense - I've successfully uninstalled Firefox before now, no problem ;)

Cross browser compatibility - well, sites are *supposed* to be cross browser compliant, but many aren't :rolleyes:

Single Paradox
06-26-2005, 09:08 PM
I try to make cross-browzer compatability, but seeing as my site is so hard to do that without having 2 million stylesheets, I just code to IE and Firefox. That is the majority anyway.

JamieR
06-26-2005, 09:34 PM
I've got one stylesheet etc and just previewed it in Firefox and to my amazement, it looked the same in IE, safari, opera and KMeleon without any previous testing :D

Ranger56
06-26-2005, 10:06 PM
And are you aware that the pages dont open in teh iframe?

mallorymaloney
06-27-2005, 12:53 AM
Erm...


1) No DTD
2) No character encoding
3) no <body></body> tags on main page (not splash page)
etc...

Also your splash page doesn't even use tables..well I think <hr> is a table element, but there is a lot missing from the code of that page.

Also you are using CSS to a certain extent, however your whole sites layout isn't powered via CSS, and you have several different CSS declearations in your page, you only need one with all your style info in it

My splash page is not supposed to be using tables, heh. It's just plain ol' text and <hr> properties.

But thanks, that was helpful. ^^


Well, you better have your security settings in IE turned up pretty high if your gonna take that attitude. And it's also less likely to download spyware than IE...



Also, Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the HTTP, and more or less the internet, has said that your site shouldn't require any specific browser or resolution. You should be able to view it in Internet Explorer 1 - 6, Netscape 1 - 7, Mozilla, Camino, Firefox, Safari, Lynx, and whatever other browsers you can name, and get the same content.

IE is a lot more secure then you think, and my security settings are fine, thank you. ^_^

Yeah, I know what Tim has said. I could easily make my site look exactly the same in all browsers, yes. But it would also just be a blank white background and default text, like this (http://www.mallorymaloney.com/blogarchives/may2005.html). o_o

The main part about my site is the design, not the coding and browser compatibility. ^_~


I try to make cross-browzer compatability, but seeing as my site is so hard to do that without having 2 million stylesheets, I just code to IE and Firefox. That is the majority anyway.

My point exactly; I just leave out FireFux. n_n


And are you aware that the pages dont open in teh iframe?

They open in 'teh', ((15 7h4t 1337 5p34k?)) iFrame in my browser. Let me guess, you're using Netscape 1 and Windows 4.0? xD! That's very retro.






Okay, anyway, thanks for all the advice. I'll take it all into consideration, including the snide comments. o.0


By the way, don't post any more reviews or adivce unless it's about my site's design or content.

Like I said, I could care less about invalid coding or browser compatibility.

Thank you. ^^

Ranger56
06-27-2005, 01:12 AM
They open in 'teh', ((15 7h4t 1337 5p34k?)) iFrame in my browser. Let me guess, you're using Netscape 1 and Windows 4.0? xD! That's very retro.
"Teh" was an accident, I don't pay much attention to my typing most of the time.

No, I'm using FireFox 1.0.4. and Windows XP.


Like I said, I could care less about invalid coding or browser compatibility.
Then no one is gonna wanna visit a buggy site that only works in IE




In your code...change this
<IFRAME name="navigation" style="left: 100; width: 175; position: absolute; top: 230; height: 500; border: 8px dashed #8E6C75;" frameborder="0" class="div" target="updatesblog" src="navigation.html">

<IFRAME name="updatesblog" style="left: 300; width: 365; position: absolute; top: 230; height: 500; border: 8px dashed #8E6C75;" frameborder="0" class="div" src="updatesblog.html">

To this
<IFRAME name="navigation" style="left: 100; width: 175; position: absolute; top: 230; height: 500; border: 8px dashed #8E6C75;" frameborder="0" class="div" target="updatesblog" src="navigation.html"></iframe>

<IFRAME name="updatesblog" style="left: 300; width: 365; position: absolute; top: 230; height: 500; border: 8px dashed #8E6C75;" frameborder="0" class="div" src="updatesblog.html"></iframe>

...............

mallorymaloney
06-27-2005, 01:49 AM
In your code...change this
<IFRAME name="navigation" style="left: 100; width: 175; position: absolute; top: 230; height: 500; border: 8px dashed #8E6C75;" frameborder="0" class="div" target="updatesblog" src="navigation.html">

<IFRAME name="updatesblog" style="left: 300; width: 365; position: absolute; top: 230; height: 500; border: 8px dashed #8E6C75;" frameborder="0" class="div" src="updatesblog.html">

To this
<IFRAME name="navigation" style="left: 100; width: 175; position: absolute; top: 230; height: 500; border: 8px dashed #8E6C75;" frameborder="0" class="div" target="updatesblog" src="navigation.html"></iframe>

<IFRAME name="updatesblog" style="left: 300; width: 365; position: absolute; top: 230; height: 500; border: 8px dashed #8E6C75;" frameborder="0" class="div" src="updatesblog.html"></iframe>

...............

- - Okay, I will change that ... Because it makes sense ...

And for your information, lots of people visit my site. I get about 20 comments a day on my blog, a couple Guestbook signs a week, and several TagBoard tags everyday ... My cPanel reports about 1000 hits a day ... And those aren't spiders looking for a /robots.txt file.

Sooo yeah. o_o

Ranger56
06-27-2005, 02:00 AM
NOW it works.

Also you can change all this


<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
BODY{
scrollbar-3dlight-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-arrow-color: #6C5359;
scrollbar-darkshadow-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-face-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-highlight-color: #6C5359;
scrollbar-shadow-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-track-color: #6C5359;
}
</STYLE>


<STYLE type=TEXT/CSS>
A:link{color: #8E6C75; text-decoration: none;}
A:visited{color: #8E6C75; text-decoration: none;}
A:active{color: #8E6C75; text-decoration: none;}
A:hover{color: #5E484B; filter:dropshadow(color=#977781,offX=1,offY=1); height: 7pt;
cursor: e-resize;}
</style>

<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
BODY{
font-family: Times New Roman;
font-size: 8pt;
color: #5E484B;
background-color: #5E484B;
background-image: url(background.gif);
background-attachment : fixed;
}
</STYLE>

<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
TR{
font-family: Times New Roman;
font-size: 8pt;
color: #5E484B;
background-color: #5E484B;
background-image: url();
background-attachment : fixed;
}
</STYLE>

to just this
<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
BODY{
scrollbar-3dlight-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-arrow-color: #6C5359;
scrollbar-darkshadow-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-face-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-highlight-color: #6C5359;
scrollbar-shadow-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-track-color: #6C5359;
}

A:link{color: #8E6C75; text-decoration: none;}
A:visited{color: #8E6C75; text-decoration: none;}
A:active{color: #8E6C75; text-decoration: none;}
A:hover{color: #5E484B; filter:dropshadow(color=#977781,offX=1,offY=1); height: 7pt;
cursor: e-resize;}

BODY{
font-family: Times New Roman;
font-size: 8pt;
color: #5E484B;
background-color: #5E484B;
background-image: url(background.gif);
background-attachment : fixed;
}

TR{
font-family: Times New Roman;
font-size: 8pt;
color: #5E484B;
background-color: #5E484B;
background-image: url();
background-attachment : fixed;
}
</STYLE>

AaronW
06-27-2005, 02:58 AM
The funny thing about the Web is, you're not the only one using it. Other people who aren't mis-informed have chosen browsers that were designed with security in mind. If you want to cut them out of your user base, that's your call. Designing for standards should be any Web designer's priority. Conforming to standards should be any browser builder's priority. The latter is the case for every browser that isn't IE. IE7 might change my mind, but we'll have to wait a year or so for that.

Now to review. The design itself is monochromatic pink. I don't like that, myself. I wouldn't mind it so much if the text had some contrast to it, but as it stands it's only a few shades away from matching the background it rests on. Plus it's puny.

Content-wise, I only read the bit about someone calling you goth and you retorting with "F* your labelling mind..." and then shortly after: "If I wanted to be 'accepted', I'd have a cutesy pink and white layout, and I would wear frilly, pastel coloured tank tops, and light makeup." You broke my hypocrisy detector.

mallorymaloney
06-27-2005, 06:32 PM
NOW it works.

Also you can change all this


<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
BODY{
scrollbar-3dlight-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-arrow-color: #6C5359;
scrollbar-darkshadow-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-face-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-highlight-color: #6C5359;
scrollbar-shadow-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-track-color: #6C5359;
}
</STYLE>


<STYLE type=TEXT/CSS>
A:link{color: #8E6C75; text-decoration: none;}
A:visited{color: #8E6C75; text-decoration: none;}
A:active{color: #8E6C75; text-decoration: none;}
A:hover{color: #5E484B; filter:dropshadow(color=#977781,offX=1,offY=1); height: 7pt;
cursor: e-resize;}
</style>

<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
BODY{
font-family: Times New Roman;
font-size: 8pt;
color: #5E484B;
background-color: #5E484B;
background-image: url(background.gif);
background-attachment : fixed;
}
</STYLE>

<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
TR{
font-family: Times New Roman;
font-size: 8pt;
color: #5E484B;
background-color: #5E484B;
background-image: url();
background-attachment : fixed;
}
</STYLE>

to just this
<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
BODY{
scrollbar-3dlight-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-arrow-color: #6C5359;
scrollbar-darkshadow-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-face-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-highlight-color: #6C5359;
scrollbar-shadow-color: #5E484B;
scrollbar-track-color: #6C5359;
}

A:link{color: #8E6C75; text-decoration: none;}
A:visited{color: #8E6C75; text-decoration: none;}
A:active{color: #8E6C75; text-decoration: none;}
A:hover{color: #5E484B; filter:dropshadow(color=#977781,offX=1,offY=1); height: 7pt;
cursor: e-resize;}

BODY{
font-family: Times New Roman;
font-size: 8pt;
color: #5E484B;
background-color: #5E484B;
background-image: url(background.gif);
background-attachment : fixed;
}

TR{
font-family: Times New Roman;
font-size: 8pt;
color: #5E484B;
background-color: #5E484B;
background-image: url();
background-attachment : fixed;
}
</STYLE>

Sweet. I'll change that with my next layout if I remember.







Content-wise, I only read the bit about someone calling you goth and you retorting with "F* your labelling mind..." and then shortly after: "If I wanted to be 'accepted', I'd have a cutesy pink and white layout, and I would wear frilly, pastel coloured tank tops, and light makeup." You broke my hypocrisy detector.

Ah, that's the thing ... No one ever tries to slap labels on 'girly' girls. I figured I'd give them a taste of their own medicine. I thought maybe they'd reply with something clever, but they didn't bother. Shame.

Mm.

JamieR
06-27-2005, 06:42 PM
Still needs a DTD etc...

little_toaster
06-27-2005, 08:07 PM
and stripes around the edges, i would make links a little darker, aside from a little tidying up on code I like it very much, it has individuality, and a pic of bill jo, its a winning formula!, the nes albums great! especially track 2 it last forever!



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