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    Okay, im developing a business website for my dad's friend. He wants me to design him a webpage because...well... Click here

    Well heres what I did Click Here

    The site is still under heavy construction and alot of it still doesn't work. On the index page the Two top links work but I havn't built the text only site (because alot of his visitors have slow connections)

    I built the main site with basic html rollovers and some css to position the text (im not much of a table fan)

    Please give me feedback on the site and how fast it loads for you guys.

    Thanks,
    Blinded4freedom

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    in IE6... looks ok... although i would get rid of that splash page... perhaps just redirect them? there are some poeple who dont have a clue what browser they are using. or adjust the design to work in all?... if its coded well that doesnt usually take much work

    hey, i'll tell you this: that is a huge improvment on the pink one
    (Works With 800 X 600 Also)
    indeed... but i have to scroll a long way... and we dont like that... considering just under half the web is on that resolution that is something that you *need* to get sorted

    umm... it loads ok... but adsl probably isnt a very good speed to judge loading times at...

    i like the spacious, minimalistic look about it... not everyone will though... perhaps you could make the text down the left a little smaller...

    i get a javascript error when mousing over the "More" link...

    all in all... its a fantastic improvment on the current site, and a pretty good design, well done
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    I agree with Redhead in that the design is pretty good. The only thing I really didn't like about the design was that with my IE 6 text size set to medium (the text size I always use) the text was bigger than I would have liked it. Of course this is just my personal preference, and big text isn't a big deal.

    Another thing I noticed was that on your IE 6 page, it really isn't necessary for you to have that large of a top navigation. You could easily size it down and eliminate the annoying horizontal scrolling for 800x600 monitors.

    Overall well done, but I would enjoy a more 800x600 friendly version. I have parents who can't see when they use 1024x768 and thus always use 800x600 and would never switch to anything else.
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    Okay I am working on a 800 X 600 version right now and I have just combined the IE and Netscape version to work together. So i'll have beta 2 up tomarrow.

    Thanks for the feedback!

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    I use Mozilla (same as Netscape 6&7 without the Netscape brand name). On the Netscape page, the CSS seems to be all jacked up, but when I visit the IE version with Mozilla, it looks great.

    Just a heads up...

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    My thoughts:

    I'd avoid using px as your unit of measure for width and height -- if a person resizes the text, the containing boxes do not resize, and that makes for some odd overlaps. For example, you could change #content4 to look like this:
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    #content4 {
    	position: absolute;
    	left: 224px;
    	width: 40em;
    	top: 76px;
    	color: #000000;
    	height: 30em;
    }
    Of course, the exact em value is something you'll need to experiment with to determine.

    You may also find the works better without absolute positioning -- floating left would probably acheive the desired results.

    Also, instead of setting the heading font size to 16pt, try something like 1.4em -- that way, if the user resizes the fonts, the heading will remain relatively larger than the rest of the text.

    You might also want to use a browser sniffer to automatically switch among stylesheets -- as redhead says, it's probably less confusing for the average user that way.

    I've recently found that using an id in the link allows changing the stylesheet like this (assuming you've already set the test variables with the sniffer):
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    styleLink=document.getElementById("csslink");
    if (isWinNS) styleLink.href="winns.css";
    else if (isWinIE) styleLink.href="winie.css";
    else if (isWinMozilla) styleLink.href="winmozilla.css";
    else if (isWinOpera) styleLink.href="winopera.css";
    If you set the initial link to an empty css file, the display should revert to plain HTML markup if the browser can't handle the javascript. Note that this won't work with Mac IE 5.0 (but it does work with Mac Netscape 7.0 and Mac Mozilla), but if the page remains functional without styles, that shouldn't be a major issue.

    All that said, I like the direction you've taken with the redesign -- it looks uncluttered and easy-to-read.
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    lol, ive been testing my webpage on a mac and have been testing it with IE and safari...well the netscape and IE both like the same page and safari is the one that messed me all up...serves me right for testing on a new browser that less than 1-2% of the web uses. In my new version I made it so all 3 browsers (netscape, IE, and safari) all render the page correctly. So now all I have to do is focus on a 800x600 version of the webpage. Thanks for all the advice...ill look into that great css advice catman gave me.

    But thanks guys fot all the feedback!

    p.s. im not a mac fascist!


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