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  • I’ve been tearing my hair out over this trying to figure it out.

    Why does the center column overlap the right column when a permalink is accessed in IE? It doesn’t do this when somebody accesses the index.php file, only on permalink pages. I know this has to be simple, but I’m not having any luck resolving it, and any help would be appreciated.

    Here’s my blog URL:

    Thanks in advance.

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  • ok, my fellow liberal, I took a look at 2 pages..

    the first thing that concerns me is this:

    252 errors, and while a lot of them _appear_ to be related to the use of tables, you have quite a few nested or improperly closed tags. contains 249 errors.

    Here is what I would do if i were you:

    For starters, you need to reduce those errors, signifigantly. Start at the front page, muddle through, and fix anything and everything you can.

    Once you’ve done that:

    go download a copy of beyond compare. Its a piece of software that allows you to compare 2 text files side by side for differences. It runs in windows. Its available here:

    Once you have that, save a copy of your front page from ie, or FF (it doesnt matter) and save a permalinked page (file || save as ).

    Compare the 2 pages using beyond compare. (If it were me, I would temporarily change the posts displayed on your front page to ONE, so that youre displaying what you see on the permalink page)

    What you will be able to see is what the browser sees (side by side)

    There are several structural differences between your permalink pages and your main page, and they arent all related to the fact that you’re including comments.

    The first one starts right near the top after </div> <!-- headerblock -->, for instance.

    First things first though, you really need to reduce those errors. Anyone here that even attempts to guess at what might be causing your problem is prolly going to have to work all the more harder to definitively locate the problem because of the amount of errors.

    Bad code in, bad code out, basically.

    Hey, thank you for the tips and pointers. I cleaned much of it up, but some of it was due to javascript code as provided by hosts; stuff I really don’t want to get rid of. But I have done away with many of the errors; thank you again.

    As for the column getting wider for single posts than for the index.php layout, it still remains, and I’d sure like to cure that if possible.


    did you download the free eval copy of that software I mentioned? If you change your post count on your front page to ONE, and do as I suggested, you will be able to tell quite easily what differneces exist between the 2 pages.

    It really is the simplest place to start.

    If you are willing to do that, and would like to email me copies of the 2 saved files, im more than willing to take a look, (the less errors, the better, obviously).

    get in touch with me via the contact form on my site if you like.

    Thank you. I had downloaded the program, but I’ve never really worked this intensely with codes before, so I was a bit afraid of it 😉 I’ll check into it though, and thanks again for all of your help 🙂

    Okay, my fellow Liberal, we can go ahead and close this one thanks to your kind help and VERY good software suggestion 🙂

    I was a bit afraid of Beyond Compare at first, because I’m certainly no “geek”, but once I surfed around it a bit, it wasn’t too hard to figure out after all. I found LOTS of discrepances between the two sources when displayed side by side and I fixed the important ones. BUT – in the end, oddly enough, it wasn’t the Beyond Compare software that solved the problem but for the fact it got me crawling around in my Journalized Theme files again and I found the problem finally.

    The issue was with the width of the comment text area of the comments.php file. Originally, it was set by Mike Little (I assume) as follows:

    <textarea name=”comment” id=”comment” style=”width:38em” cols=”65″ rows=”10″ tabindex=”4″></textarea>

    I changed the width value to 35em and that solved the overlap problem.

    Thanks again for your help and your excellent tip 🙂

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