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  1. scribbler
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    A blog dedicated to essays, narrative journalism, and the print work of the proprietor, Dale Keiger. Running since 2002, but newly tweaked and repurposed. Would value any critique. Thank you.

    Dale

    http://www.dalekeiger.com

  2. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    We don't really comment on the content of the blogs here. As for the look: the huge bold fonts in the post/article content area seem very odd... The fonts of the text are bigger than the post titles! Is that intentional?

  3. scribbler
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Doesn't display that way in any of the six browsers I use to check it. Don't understand that.

    Dale

  4. sonria
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm seeing it in Firefox.

    It looks like there may be a missing </div> tag somewhere on your theme's index.php. Have you checked for that?

  5. anonym
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    The font in the content part is far too big. Reading three words per line is annoying.

    The statcounter counter looks awful. Change it, make it invisible; do something.

    The google ad could be better integrated. Actually, both these elements really stand out, in a bad way.

    All in all, the site confuses me, it doesn't have an appearant structure and feels random. Especially the right column.

    I still like it though!

  6. scribbler
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    sonria:

    You may be right about the </div> tag. I'm searching. I can't understand why, on two different machines, my browsers didn't display what you're seeing, but I believe you.

    I think I found a few. How does the page display now?

  7. scribbler
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Page now validates for xhtml transitional, which I hope clears up any problems. Now to work on the CSS.

  8. sonria
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi Scribbler, yes, it looks fine to me now. I have noticed that Firefox and IE treat missing <div> tags differently.

  9. Ilione
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'd say that's very appropriate for writing content. Very spacious and not detracting from the words. I'm working on something simplistic myself for the same reasons.

    Great job! :o)

    x

  10. scribbler
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks for alerting me to the problem and the cause, sonria. I really had no idea the page was displaying poorly. Damn those end tags!

    Thank you for the compliment, Ilione. To the extent that a writer can pretend to a design aesthetic, I wanted something clean, uncluttered, with white space and a basic color scheme. The red initial caps are meant to resemble rubrics, something I picked up from study of medieval books of hours. I've thought about switching to san-serif type because it's nice and clean in electronic display, but I like the idea of a serif typeface as a link to classical print. Any opinions?

    Thanks again, everyone.

  11. camu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    nice template, simple and clean. about "size", I'm checking your site with FF and IE, and it looks fine now. the feeling for me is: "well organized" content :) Just a small note: thr FONT tag is deprecated, use SPAN :)

  12. Ilione
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I like the red starts a lot! Your font looks good in serif I think, it does add a touch of class :o)

    x

  13. scribbler
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    coolmann: Sorry, don't understand. Deprecated? SPAN? (Exceeding my knowledge of XHTML, which doesn't take long...)

    Dale

  14. camu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    scribbler: ehm, sorry for being so ambiguous :) well, if you want know more, read this: http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_font.asp

    I told you this since you are using the FONT tag in your theme, for increasing size of first letter in each article. Instead, you could try using the SPAN tag to do that :) sorry for my late reply, too

  15. vnbPaul
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Maybe you've already thought of this, but if your quotes (in the blockquote tag) are short the background image you style them with won't display entirely -- meaning you'll get something like QUOT or QU ... in the grey letters that run vertically down the left/top side.

  16. scribbler
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    vnbPaul: Yes, I'm aware of it. When I know I'm going to have a short quote, I don't use the

    tag. Thanks.

    Dale

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