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    Bliss with Eternity Revamp!

    Okay, firstly thanks to everybody who gave me feedback for the first version! I took the advice and wrapped it around the new design.

    If you read my last post; you'll get all the background details of the site.

    For IE7 + IE6, if you look at the index.php?page=haiku (link on main page), you'll see that the date is cut off, and you can only see the middle part. I tried remyding this by setting a line-height, however the entire thing falls off the container.

    IE6, apart from the problem described above, has a single issue that the header falls below the main content. Not sure how to fix this.

    Also - I'm not sure whether or not this is a problem with my coding or Opera [9.1], however When I added the CSS Opacity, the text for the <h2>'s became all wonky. Here's a link to a screen shot.

    Any advice to improve this site would be appreciated =)

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    Link to the Opera screenshot doesn't work (don't have access, apparently). I love you site! It looks amazing, wish I could design something like that! Some good improvements made from the first one too. The date drops on to a new line during a very small window change, which makes it very much visible still, so all's good there.

    One thing I'd possibly look at doing is toning down the background image of the purple flower slightly because on the pages with a transparent white/light grey box at the bottom it can get a little tricky to read.

    Other than that, colours are good, fonts are nice and easy to read... possibly a little more highlighting on the links (maybe a slightly light colour?). But that's all personal opinion. Oh, and bring back that small 'TB' in the header to left from your old layout... it's nice!

    Very nice site indeed (just clicked the link at this point of typing to check something and the page is now not loading very fast/at all in the last minute? Server problem? Ah, loaded now, all's fine!)

    One question... is this your personal site?
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    I like your 1st one better.

    the flower background is to strong and makes it harder to read.

    The simplicity of your 1st design is what made it so good

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    Thanks for all your responses!

    @ahallicks: Sorry about the Opera screen not working - I got the same problem, but I reloaded the page and it worked fine. Also, I think the server is pretty crap - so it takes a while to load. Sorry about that too.

    Even though I do like the vibrant colours of the flower - I suppose that the variance can get a little too overbearing. While I don't have a problem with it, others may. I guess it's because I'm fifteen and I still have good eyes - I don't know.

    The links, I've thought about adding a border-bottom on them so they do actually look like links - giving the user a heads-up.

    And finally, yes this is my personal site. I also wondered if I'm using appropriate English. See, I've always been an advanced writer, and sometimes what I write can get confusing, or at least that is what my writing class peers say - what's your opinion on that?

    Thanks in Advice.

    @surle_: Yes, the first one is very simplistic, however I do really like the background image. I've thought, how about if I make the background greyscale while the actual flower a little toned down?

    Thanks in advice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BWiz View Post
    Thanks for all your responses!

    Even though I do like the vibrant colours of the flower - I suppose that the variance can get a little too overbearing. While I don't have a problem with it, others may. I guess it's because I'm fifteen and I still have good eyes - I don't know.
    Bloody cheek! I'm only 22 myself and though I wear glasses I'd like to think my eyesight is not THAT bad just yet!
    I'm merely speaking from experience of someone who has done the same vibrant background and come up with problems of visual deficiency. You have to remember also that peoples' monitors are all different, so some will have the brightness/contrast turned up higher making things even more difficult to read.

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    The links, I've thought about adding a border-bottom on them so they do actually look like links - giving the user a heads-up.
    I think you should do as you had on the old design and make them have a nice grey box outlining them, rather than just a border on the bottom, or underline. That worked really well.

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    And finally, yes this is my personal site. I also wondered if I'm using appropriate English. See, I've always been an advanced writer, and sometimes what I write can get confusing, or at least that is what my writing class peers say - what's your opinion on that?
    It made sense to me? But then again I didn't get much of a scope about what the site is intending to do, or the theme you have adopted for it? I'm guessing that it's not to do with flower arranging anyways
    I must admit, I did like the profoundness of the text there and found myself reading every scrap of content you had!
    Maybe you should make a subsite 'for dummies'
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    Quote Originally Posted by BWiz View Post
    And finally, yes this is my personal site. I also wondered if I'm using appropriate English. See, I've always been an advanced writer, and sometimes what I write can get confusing, or at least that is what my writing class peers say - what's your opinion on that?
    Your vocabulary is great for being fifteen, but you have a tendency in your writing to overdo it. Flowery, poetic writing is beautiful when used correctly, so try to keep your focus on your subject without an overabundance of embellishment. As you attempt to showcase skills, you occasionally misuse words and lose your meaning. Below are a couple examples:
    An interesting little paradox; where the poet is limited to seventeen syllables in the entire poem: five in the first line, seven in the second, and finally five in the last.
    You say that a Haiku is a paradox but only give us one end of the paradox. The paradox is that the poet must describe so much in so few words. So it would make more sense if you said something like:
    An interesting little paradox, where a poet is forced to express his full emotions in seventeen syllables
    True, it is fate that many haikus have been written, most good, some horrific.
    Judging from the context of the paragraph the above sentence is in, I believe the word "fate" should be "fact" or a similar synonym. It seems you're attempting to explain that many Haikus have been written throughout history but not as one; thus, you want to make an acknowledgment that many have been written.
    I intend to contract results
    Results are a product, something gained from labors, research, a cause, etc. I believe you're looking for:
    I intend to produce results
    Those are but a few I noticed. Again, your achievement so far in writing is really commendable! You just sound like me when I was your age, writing more than I really understood in an attempt to achieve that poetic feel to my writing. You don't need to embellish everything; simplicity goes a long way and can have a dramatic effect when used effectively in your writing, which is where the Haiku derives its power. Just be sure the words you use are really achieving the meaning you're looking for.
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    @surle_: Yes, the first one is very simplistic, however I do really like the background image. I've thought, how about if I make the background greyscale while the actual flower a little toned down?
    I wouldn't change the picture to greyscale. The color is what gives it the dramatic effect. That's why the rose on your first site looked so great. It gave it a nice color "pop". What you could do is possibly make the black transparency a bit more opaque. I see the text fine, but at times, your eyes do get drawn to the flower rather than the content, which can be distracting to the reader.

    I would also use the flower image as a background image rather than in an image tag.

    Keep up the good work!!!

    -Shane
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    @TheShaner:
    Your vocabulary is great for being fifteen, but you have a tendency in your writing to overdo it.
    Yeah, people have told me that before. I do appreciate simplistic language, though I do like to use odd langauge as well. I believe it gives a certain feel to the site, despite what some would say.

    As for the incorrect usage of words, I guess that is another issue. The words seem to make sense to me, however I am the writer so I MUST know what they mean. I guess I'll try revamping them a little bit.

    As for the background image. I used the <img> tag because I couldn't find a way to make a background image to strech to 100% width and height using CSS. I came across this method on CSSPlay.co.uk so I assumed that it was a valid trick.


    @ahallicks: Lol, sorry about the eyesight thing.

    Keep those thoughts coming!
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