Comments: Redesign 80% Complete

I like the galaxies. The middle column hides the right-hand column (Explorer, Mac OS 9). Also, the "preview" button in the comment box returns an error message (this is the second time I've tried to comment),

Posted by Don at September 5, 2004 09:51 PM

Don,
Thanks for the feedback, especially since you're a Mac user. I've gotten this to display properly (even in low resolutions like 800x600) in Firefox, Opera, and IE6 for Windows. Would you mind letting me know which version of Explorer you are using for the Mac? If you have Firefox, does this display better in that? If I know which version of Explorer you are using, I may be able to research what the compatibility issue is and work on a patch.

I don't have a clue what could be causing the preview button not to work, as it works on my setup (both IE6 for Windows and Firefox .8 for Windows). Thanks!

Posted by John Lanius at September 5, 2004 10:40 PM

John,

Looks cool. I've been wanting to add some spacey graphics to my blog, but I think I'll just link to yours!

Using IE 6.0: the columns are stable until I shrink the window width so that the middle column is about the width of the word "September" in the middle column, so, I just won't do that.

Posted by chris at September 6, 2004 04:26 PM

I use IE 5. With Mozilla, it looks fine, and the preview works, too. I wouldn't sweat over making your site compatible with a lousy browser on an obsolete operating system. (I'm waiting for one last essential application to be ported to OS X, and then I'll be done with OS 9 forever.)

Posted by Don at September 6, 2004 08:09 PM

Mozilla 1.6 / Win XP Home / 1280x1024 resolution... everything looks fine, degrades fine when resizing the browser window, preview works fine in the comment window... on a personal preference level - the dotted line under the banner is a bit distracting, and the underlined links clutter up the side columns - again, that was just personal preference... I know, everyone is a critic...

Posted by Madfish Willie at September 7, 2004 12:21 AM

Madfish,
Good comments. I'll probably adopt them. The dotted line originally went there to make sure the content and link divs were equidistant from the top. It was just a design tool that has outlived its usefulness.

The links on the side do look a little cluttered, too. Great, constructive criticism. My favorite kind!

Thanks again.

Posted by John Lanius at September 7, 2004 08:05 AM

Looks good, John. From my perspective, the most important thing is that it is not over-styled so it is still easy to read the text postings.

Posted by RP at September 8, 2004 08:47 AM
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