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Wednesday, November 12, 2003

 Site Updates Nov 03
word count:: 320

8/03 Site DesignFooter woes: One of the things I've never liked about this design is that the footer isn't fixed to the bottom of the page. This isn't a problem when the center content is longer than the sides, but as you can (maybe) see from the image, when a page doesn't have a lot of text the footer crawled up the page.

That's been drivign me crazy. It's ugly and I don't like it. To fix the problem I putting <pre> tags in my code to push the footer down, which is even uglier.

Unfortunately, I don't know enough about CSS and how it renders across browsers to fix the problem, but I do surf the Internet really well. The CSS-Discuss list-serv (I'll give you a moment to laugh about the fact that I'm on a CSS list-serv. Okay. Enough of that.) offered some possibilities, but each tutorial I came across was either way too complicated for me to understand and successfully modify or just didn't meet my needs.

Until now. The Floatutorial from css.maxdesign.com.au seems to have solved my footer problem. The only problem I have with it is that the sides have to load before the center content,

Navigation: Since I was fooling around with the code I figured I'd tackle my navigation links. I've been meaning to redo them in a list format, but have been extremely lazy about it. However, after I read Jason Pearce's Keeping Navigation Current with PHP tutorial on A List Apart I decided it was the perfect time to tackle this little project.

Now, when you venture to the different parts of the site, the page you're on will be highlighted in the navigation bar.

Overall, I think the changes I made aren't hurting things too much. Things look fine in Internet Explorer, Netscape and, as of last night, Safari. If you notice anything buggy, please let me know.

Thanks.

patricia | 0 comments/trackback | 12:42 AM | º


Monday, September 15, 2003

 Site Updates Sept 03
word count:: 173

My friend, who very kindly created my moongirl logo, so hated what I did to it this last go around that he took it upon himself to fix it for me. I knew he wasn't all that happy with my grayscale version, but I didn't realize how much he didn't care for it until I received an email with the new and improved colorized version attached.


As soon as I saw it, I loved it, of course. One would have to be a ninny not to see which version is better. I immediately emailed him back and whined begged asked that he please incorporate the new logo into the big heart graphic that I'd created.

He colored the heart red too. He also made logos in black and gray. By using the easy skins with MT and PHP tutorial from Empty Pages I've been able to incorporate the different color logos into different stylesheets. Now people can choose which color scheme they prefer. (Color switcher can be found on the about page.)

patricia | 0 comments/trackback | 02:47 AM | º


Saturday, August 02, 2003

 Site Update August 03
word count:: 268

For a while now I've been wanting to incorporate my -ahem- little heart obsession into my site design. I just hadn't quite figured out how to go about it without it being too over the top.

Then, during an all day strategic planning meeting at work, I had a thought. I quickly sketched it and tucked it away. This isn't exactly what I drew, but it's as close as I'm going to get since I'm still so graphically challenged. The red is much brighter than I'm used to* and the text on the left is a little hard to read so I need to give that a little more thought, but all in all, I'm pleased with it.

I don't think the heart is over done. I'll leave that for my comments and entries.

Previous Version

March 03 Version

Current Version

site8_03tn.jpg

sigh. Stylesheets really make changing the site so effortless. The hardest thing about the whole process is coming up with the design. And I'm using php include files to pull in everything but the actual content so changing my 200+ Web pages from the old stylesheet to the new one only required changing two lines of code. That's very sweet.

Still though, I've no doubt that there are some pages that are looking less than perfect just because that's the way things go. They'll have to stay broken till after my final on Monday, however. I need to spend the weekend studying.


* Changed the red; made it a little darker. The other red had a little too much orange for my taste. Not crazy about orange at all.

patricia | 0 comments/trackback | 02:00 PM | º


Friday, March 21, 2003

 Welcome
word count:: 85

I've just gone through another redesign, so please excuse the mess. While most of the pages look okay, I still need to go in and clean a few up a bit.

I'm also in the process of moving many of the static html pages into Movable Type, a free personal publishing system. There are several sections of the site that are already being published with MT and it just makes sense to me to move as much content as I can into the system.

patricia | 0 comments/trackback | 10:57 PM | º


Sunday, November 24, 2002

 November 24, 2002
word count:: 84

I've taken another stab at doing a site using CSS. It seems to be going a lot better than the previous attempt. Not entirely sure what I did differently this time, but it works so I'm not complaining.

At the end of October, I changed hosting services and blog publisher. I'm now hosted by Dreamhost link gif and am publishing several sections of the site with Movable Type link gif. I'm extremely happy with both so far. They're a welcome change from what I was using before.


patricia | 0 comments/trackback | 04:54 PM | º


Sunday, September 22, 2002

 September 22, 2002
word count:: 176

Mad Skillz

I volunteered my Web skills to a person who is running for state representative in Utah. Surprisingly enough he took me up on my offer. The site went live today. I didn't expect that at all. I thought there would be some back and forth on the site design etc. Other than a broken link (ugh) I was told that it looked great. I'm still graphically challenged so it's not flashy, but then again, it is Utah, so maybe that's a good thing. [Go check it out link gif>>>]

Search Function

Never heard back from Yahoo! Geocities about the search function not working. Not happy about that at all. I received a follow-up survey two weeks after I sent an email to tech support. I made sure to note that my request had never been followed up on. Never heard back about that. I can see they're on the ball over there. I've been flirting with the idea of switching to another server and this situation definitely goes on the "Reasons to leave Geocities" column.

patricia | 0 comments/trackback | 04:55 PM | º


Sunday, August 25, 2002

 August 25, 2002
word count:: 150

Search Function

The search function is currently not working. Why? you ask. Good question. I have absolutely no idea. It was working a week or two ago. This probably affects me more than any person who may visit the site as I often forget where I put something, but I felt the need to share. I've sent an email to the web hosting people, let's see how long it takes anyone to respond.

Site design

Ah. I'm falling deeper and deeper into the tables trap. The current design uses more tables than ever before. I can understand why people prefer it over CSS. Perhaps if I ever get around to reading the CSS book (Cascading Style Sheets: The Definite Guide, Eric E. Meyer) I bought a few months ago I'll attempt a table-free layout again.

Content

Haven't updated much of the content, although the Musings section does get updated daily.

patricia | 0 comments/trackback | 04:57 PM | º


Saturday, July 13, 2002

 July 13, 2002
word count:: 134

Site design

Yet another look to the site. And yet again the art of using css successfully seems to be just out of my reach. I finally got fed up over not being able to control the appearance of the place. On some screens the right hand box would float over the middle section and despite my attempts to fix it it refused to comply. I'd make a horrible Borg. (Oops. Showing my nerdy ways with that comment!)


So I've once again relied on tables to make my stuff look the way I want it. Exasperating to say the very least.


I think the background is a bit much, but I'll leave it for now. Can't ever have too many hearts, right? Well, ok you can, but I'm still liking it so it stays.

patricia | 0 comments/trackback | 04:58 PM | º


Monday, July 08, 2002

 July 8, 2002
word count:: 148

Site design

I updated my blog template. There's something about Blogger and css that just doesn't play well together. Sometimes the right hand box floats over the middle content section. Not pretty at all. None of my other pages do this so I can only surmise that it's that combination of things.


In my ever compulsive way to provide ways for people to provide feedback on the site, its content, design, etc, I've added a chatter box. In lieu of a guestbook I figured this would provide people with a chance to leave any thoughts they wish to impart. Just click on the "Tell me about it" link that can be found on the right hand side of this page and have a go at it.


Content

Added more poems and a short story that I believe is somewhat humorous. But you can be the judge of that.

patricia | 0 comments/trackback | 04:51 PM | º


Sunday, June 30, 2002

 June 30, 2002
word count:: 313

Content

Added several new titles to the list of books. More to come this week.


Site design

Gave the place a new look. I liked the old design, but it relied almost entirely on tables for the layout. I was using the Blogger template I'd chosen for my blog (web log) to have a consistent feel to the site, but the table format has been bothering me. I really wanted to have a site that relied more on css (cascading style sheets). The css approach appeals more to me though I can't say why. Unfortunately, my first css attempts weren't all that successful which is why I opted to go with the table format.

Now, with a great deal of help from www.BlueRobot.com and www.thenoodleincident.com this current version uses mostly css. I say mostly because in some cases I've resorted to using a couple of tables. Just a temporary fix until I have the time to layout the content correctly. Impatient person that I am, once I modified the stylesheet to suit my needs and transferred the content I just wanted everything to go up. I still have to redo my blog template. I didn't have a chance to code that so it still has the old site design.

I'm still not satisfied with the way things are progressing. I'm a bit unsettled by the fact that I'm using someone else's stylesheet though it's all sanctioned.

"Please feel free to borrow, steal, abduct, and/or torture the documents contained in the Layout Reservoir." --www.BlueRobot.com

Blah. I just hate not being able to do things myself. But I'll be nice to myself. I think I've learned a lot since I first took an interest in HTML/web design. I shudder to think what my first version looked like. Just goes to show what a little stubbornness and a lot of curiosity can get you.

patricia | 0 comments/trackback | 04:46 PM | º



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