Formating issues (5 posts)

  1. rjssystems
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hello I am getting some odd formating issues with my word press site. I am hoping someone will have a change to take a look at it.

    Basically the site looks fine in Firefox but when you view the site using IE the menue bar is at the bottom of the page rather then the top.

    I have tried several different theme's with no success.

    The site is http://www.rantingcanuck.com

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. rjssystems
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Anyone have any idea how to solve this?


  3. DanPhalen
    Posted 8 years ago #

    You're probably testing with IE 6.0 or earlier, which is well-known to have a poor implementation of CSS--the language that controls your formatting.

    There are two fixes for this: (1) get IE 7.0, or (2) modify the heck out of your style.css file in your theme package. I know how to do this because I'm a web dweeb, but the process is tedious and clutters your CSS.

    Essentially, the older Microsoft browsers calculate height and width differently (wrongly) and ignore CSS rules for positioning (such as float).

    Sorry, there's no easy way out, but to your credit, it's nothing you've done wrong. If you want to accommodate readers who have the old browsers, I suggest you post a caveat in your blog that they can upgrade either to IE 7.0 or FireFox at no expense.

    We dumped IE 5.5 six years ago and 7.0 has been out for two years now. Personally, I'm out of patience with people who cling to past obsolete technology.

  4. rjssystems
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi Dan, I am using IE 7.0 actually and having the issue.


  5. DanPhalen
    Posted 8 years ago #


    I have noticed some of the same behavior with the IE 7.0 implementation of CSS, although they did clean up their act.

    One idiosyncrasy is IE's sensitivity to the order in which you declare divs. You might try to move your "primary" div block up above your "entry-content" div in the html. Or something like that (it's a big file).

    I recall having to do something similar myself recently. If you think top-down, left-right, with floated div declarations, you may be matching the way Microsoft thought it out. CSS "float" isn't supposed to care, and Firefox doesn't, but nobody ever accused Redmond of doing things according to standard.

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