View Full Version : New Standards Compliant-ish site

09-27-2004, 08:44 AM

The new standards compliant-ish version of my website is now online at http://www.the-ballet.com

I very much doubt that it validates at the moment but I plan on fixing that in the near future. For now, could you please let me know how it's looking in various browsers and platforms?

I'm especially interested in knowing how it works on a Mac and with the AOL browser.



09-27-2004, 05:19 PM
Remove the banner ad, i found it annoying and also didn't notice the 'Free newsletter' link until rather late.

Secondly, not sure if this was intentional (couldn't find it in your CSS) but around the Headlines/Announcements bit, there is a border on the top and left of the containing div, and looks kinda wierd.

Other than that its a nice site, congrats

Mozilla FireFox 0.9, 1024x768 WinXP

09-27-2004, 09:45 PM
Hmmm, the banner ad makes me money though! Would it help if I put a 1em border above and below it maybe?

The top and side borders on the headlines & announcements are intentional. They're on all similar elements on the site.

FYI they're in the xxxxcolour.css file attached to the li.announcetitle and li.announcement itentifiers.


09-27-2004, 10:27 PM
Looking pretty good... my one suggestion at the moment would be to increase the font-size. It's really, really small. Yes, I know you can increase it with the browser, but the truth is most people don't know how to do that, or even know you CAN do that.

Another thing, maybe there's a way to tie the links pertaining to navigation of the site together. Everything seems so haphazard, it's hard to get an idea of how to get around. Just my opinion...

Other than that, I like the idea of the curtain on the side, the color scheme, and the general layout... good job :)

10-02-2004, 05:45 AM
You're finding the font small, eh? I'll see what I can do. I'll try to update the navigation soon too.

I have another request, can you all check pages in the encyclopedia section http://www.the-ballet.com/encyclopedia.php with IE and tell me if the top where the ad is is all screwed up. Try hitting reload a few times. It appears to be floating the ad div to the right sometimes randomly. I can't find any reason for it.


10-02-2004, 08:09 AM
Yeah. The ads are making the pages look awful in that encyclopedia. It happens that in each entry, the main encyclopedia page, and the ballet, ballet dancers pages. Your pages have trouble resizing that top bar to fit the ad that comes in. Most other pages adjust just fine for the most part, though still with error; sometimes I saw only "200" and the top half of 2 screen shots of video games. Other times, that add for "200 Free Games" came in just fine. And this was in other sections of the site outside the encyclopedia. It's really bad in the encyclopedia section, though, with even 50-50 odds of getting it right are generous.

It seems there are two sizes of ads. Most of the time, the space up top is resized correctly to fit the ad. Other times, it isn't and is either too small to show the entire ad or too large and there's lots of grey space surrounding the tiny ad. So it's not just the placement of the ad, but the size that's at issue, too.

So I'm just here to confirm that this is the case. I can only assume that this is the Web gods telling you to get rid of those ads!

And yeah, font size is way too small.

10-02-2004, 12:34 PM
if i were you i would not be sending as xhtml1.1, not only are you breaking the spec, it also makes it much harder to validate your code.

Validation should be a neccessity not an inconvenience, if it's not valid then in what way is it standards compliant ish?

10-03-2004, 08:12 AM
I'll increase the text size. I only view on a 1024 by 768 screen and I have good eyes so it looks ok to me but I can see where you're coming from.

I thought it would be easier as XHTML 1.1, it seems less strict than 1.0 Strict, which I think we should be using now, transitional I look upon more as a legacy type of thing.

A lot of the non-compliant code comes from my ad network (BURST! Media), but I'm trying to make the rest compliant.


10-03-2004, 09:48 AM
Updated. Larger font and I think I got rid of the banner problem in IE, (I know you all want me to get rid of the banner itself but I have to pay bills somehow).