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    Website Suggestions?

    I am self-taught in html and have dabbled a little with css. My coding is "outdated" somewhat, but pages look good using internet explorer. What type coding should I be using now, and where is the best place I can learn it on the net? My site is located at http://home.comcast.net/~poetry_pate/poet.html you have to click the candle that says "next" to go further into the site. Or, here is the link to the index http://home.comcast.net/~poetry_pate/dreamer2.html Any suggestions yall have would be appreciated. I don't use my site for commercial purposes, it's just a hobby and a place where I can display my writings and pictures from paranormal investigations. Take a peek and I welcome your feedback.

    Thanks,
    Pate

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    Don't have time right now, but I will tomorrow.

    Lemme take a look, and I'll get back to you!

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    Re: Website Suggestions?

    Originally posted by SavannahSilkie
    I am self-taught in html and have dabbled a little with css. My coding is "outdated" somewhat, but pages look good using internet explorer.
    Yep, it does look fine for a self-taught beginner, no doubt! Nice work.

    Originally posted by SavannahSilkie
    What type coding should I be using now, and where is the best place I can learn it on the net?
    Well, XHTML 1.1 & CSS 2.0 are the latest and greatest. For the most part, however, if you make pages HTML 4.0 compliant they will most likely work well across all browsers, and will be ok. However, XHTML is definitely preferred. Best place to learn? Here!


    Originally posted by SavannahSilkie
    Any suggestions ya'll have would be appreciated. I don't use my site for commercial purposes, it's just a hobby and a place where I can display my writings and pictures from paranormal investigations. Take a peek and I welcome your feedback.

    Thanks,
    Pate
    Ok, there's a lot, but I'll hit on some highlights.

    1. Select and use a DOCTYPE. That way, you can attempt to validate your pages. An example of a DOCTYPE is:
    Code:
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/Dtd/xhtml11.dtd">
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en">
    
    <head>
    You can validate HTML/XHTML code at http://validator.w3.org/file-upload.html where you will see any and all errors the W3C finds in your code. Mind you, the W3C is not the be all, end all say in how code is written, but it is the best standard there is.

    Ok, the pages look fine, but they are certainly inconsistent between IE and others. In Firefox, several things don't line up the way you want them (although it's right, technically). In addition, Firefox and other Gecko browsers will not play the sounds you have embedded. Only IE supports that. Also, the "RevealTrans(Duration=4,Transition=3)"code" only works in IE, as does the CSS-controlled scrollbar differences.

    Other than that CSS, I only see tables for design. Fine, but harder and slower than CSS design.

    Try to call all javascript from seperate files, instead of having it IN the HTML code.

    Remove the CodeLifter javascript altogether. It does NOT keep others from seeing your code, is easily circumvented, and just slows down the page.

    BTW, none of the javascript's (other than the codelifter) even work in Firefox, only IE. The flying butterfly trailer, etc does not work outside of IE.

    Overall, it's a good effort. The code is CLEAN, and that is very nice. The overall design works in all browser (with a few minor hitches), but that function is because of new browsers looking at old code (as you said, it's old). But that's ok.

    Good job! We are more than happy to help you "modernize" your code if you like. Overall, I would buy a CSS book (Designing CSS web pages by Schmitt is great), and go from there.

    Anything else, please just ask!

    Chris
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    Thank you Chris. I appreciate it very much. Some of it is a little over my head, but so was basic html when I first started. I'll go out and by the book this weekend. I'd like for my pages to look good and for people to be able to hear sound, no matter what browser they use. Looks like I have my work cut out for me. lol

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    Ask away! The guys here are top notch.

    Chris
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    If you would like to check out your code. Go here
    http://validator.w3.org

    Over the years of programming I have used.
    http://webmonkey.com
    http://htmlgoogies.com
    http://dynamicdrive.com

    These are only three of the many sites but hopefully they can help out atleast some when you are coding.


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    It is very important to collect all the information for your website. You can use designer software for web design and use best language for coding. I have just made one E commerce web site with the help of Dreamweaver and PHP.

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