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Sidebar display problem on certain PC systems (8 posts)

  1. theobroma
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi all,

    I've been working on my site using my MacBook Pro (OS 10.6.2) and Safari 4.0.4. Resolution is 1440x900. My site runs on the latest version of WordPress (2.9.2). The theme I'm using is called ProSense.

    Everything seems to be working fine from my end, and the few times I've verified the site on other Macs and PCs, there have been no apparent problems.

    However, today I checked on a PC at the library and the sidebar was not where it should be (top of page, right side) but displaced all the way down at the bottom of the right side.

    The PC I used to check it was running WinXP, IE 6 and had a resolution of 1024x768. It was terribly slow but no more than 3-4 years old.

    I have no idea where to start to find what's causing this. Obviously I'd like the site to display well across all platforms.

    Any ideas on where to begin troubleshooting?

    The site is here.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    You could start by sorting out the validation errors on your site. Then move onto the CSS errors.

  3. theobroma
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks, esmi! I see have some cleaning up to do.

    I'm a bit overwhelmed by all these errors and am not sure where to fix them.

    What document do all the line and column numbers refer to?

    For example,
    Line 9, Column 12: there is no attribute "NAME"
    <META NAME="Slurp" CONTENT="NOODP">

    I don't recall entering this anywhere and am not sure where to look.

  4. theobroma
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I changed the page width from 950px to 980px a while back (the content area is still 500 and the sidebar 440)

    Could that have anything to do with it?

  5. theobroma
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    OK, so I see I have to work through all my theme files and correct each error as I go.

  6. theobroma
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I've managed to reduce the number of validation errors from 294 down to 37. Much of what's left seems to be due to Amazon affiliate code asking for "alt" values, even though I've added values throughout the code. I'm not sure what to do about this.

    The CSS errors (6) are with the Add-to-Any plugin code, which I dare not touch for fear of messing things up.

    So at this point, I'd be grateful if anyone has any further suggestions on how/where to pinpoint the sidebar issue (i.e. that in some PCs it appears at the bottom of the page).

  7. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I can't see any problem with your sidebar in Firefox 3.6 or IE 7 or 8. It appears to be only IE6 that has the problem - which suggests that it's CSS related. In this situation, your best bet is to look at creating a corrective IE6-specific sheet using a conditional comment.

  8. theobroma
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thank you esmi, that's very helpful.

    I'll study that page to see if this is something I can attempt!

    The other idea that came to mind is it might be the Stray Random Quotes widget, which serves up new quotes using AJAX automation. Perhaps this technology is not compatible with some older browsers/systems?

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