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    Hey all,

    After about a week of getting the site up and then tweaking it, it’s finally in its final state! Would you check it out and let me know how it looks to you?

    http://www.screenwritinglife.com

    Would you make any changes?
    Is it too cluttered?
    Can you navigate around okay?
    Anything else?

    I’m a total newbie to wordpress/blogs/code. There may be some problems with the code, but I’m working on learning all this stuff.

    Thanks so much!!!
    Warren

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  • Taking your comments into consideration, it makes sense that it has an astounding 111 errors. Also, the right menubar doesn’t display properly on IE.

    The content is great though, and you’ve made it your primary focus – which is excellent.

    Yikes! 111 errors. Where should I start?

    First, change the DTD declaration to XHTML 1.0 Transitional, that will allow you to use the target="" attribute again.

    You’re also embedding <li> tags within a header tag (<h4>) which you cannot do.

    You also cannot close a tag while another one from inside it is open:
    <a href="http://www.screenwritinglife.com/?p=24#more-24">

    [more…]</a>

    The a tag should be opened on the next paragraph.

    Try to fix the problem with Internet Explorer. You’ll see what I mean if you test your site in IE; the third column is thrown down because there isn’t enough room to display it.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks, that is great. I’ll start trying to fix all of that stuff. The funny thing is, though, that I don’t have any problems viewing it with IE – or not the one you’re mentioning. The Live Shoutbox doesn’t show up in the second column, but the thrid column is in the right place. Could this be a mac IE v. windows IE issue? I’m using Mac. Strange.

    Thanks for the help! WHL

    Okay, I did a little research about the DTD thing, finding this site:

    And I was wondering if the following would do what you said I should do, change the DTD declaration to XHTML 1.0 Transitional?

    Change: <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN”
    “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11.dtd”>
    <html xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml” xml:lang=”en” >

    to:
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN”
    “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd”>

    I know, I’m clueless. But I’m trying to learn.
    Thanks,
    WHL

    Sorry, I meant, replace it with:

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN”
    “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”>

    Hi, Lot’s of people are checking out the site from this thread, but almost no one is commenting. Is it that much of a disaster? Help?

    The look, the design, too cluttered, wrong colors, not working with your browser?

    Any comments greatly appreciated. (I’m working on fixing the code stuff).

    Warren
    http://www.screenwritinglife.com

    Warren, that theme had plenty of validation errors in it right out of the box (as do a lot of good-looking themes out there) so considering you got your site working decently in Mac IE 5.2, you’re doing great.

    I, too, am a newbie at this stuff and have been learning things the hard way. The best approach I’ve found to fix what’s wrong with a site is to hack away at each validation error step-by-step. I don’t know if you know how to do that–but try this:

    While viewing and working on your site in one window, open this link in a new browser window. It’s the “detailed” validation service, which is a little easier to work with than the simpler one.

    Plug in your site URL and click the “show source” box and “validate this page.” It’ll show you all the errors you have (you’ve got 110 now). Start with the first one and work your way down.

    It’s tedious, but it works, and sometimes fixing one error will fix a whole bunch, so it might not take as long as you think. That’s what we geek wannabes have to do to fix a site, rather than enjoy the miraculous blasts of talented digithead insights that save real geeks from borked themes.

    The validator says your first error has to do with a missing html tag, so put that baby back in there right where you found it. I mean this one:

    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" > If it needs to be corrected, either some other helpful WordPress geek will tell you, or the validator will tell you, or whatever.

    Save your changes on your site, then go to the other window with the validator in it, and hit “Revalidate” and see what happens.

    Each error will have an explanation and a quick-jump link that’ll show you the actual code that’s in error. Sometimes the explanations will even make sense–if you have enough caffeine and sugar in your system.

    So load up on the Skittles and go back to your site in the other window and fix it the problem. And from one geek wannabe to another, hang in there, because your site is looking good.

    Thanks. That’s all really helpful. I’ll get to work.

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