Friday, August 05, 2005

Sidebar problem in Internet Explorer

I'm troubleshooting a problem in which the right-hand sidebar is forced to the bottom of the page in Internet Explorer when the font size is increased.

The sidebar positions correctly if the font size is set to "smallest" (View>Text Size>Smallest).

Everything seems fine in Firefox. I can't confirm other browsers at the moment.

I'd appreciate comment if anyone has suggestions, or finds other problems with the way the blog page renders.


Solution found. Text pasted into a post below contained a solid line created with the "=" symbol which exceeded the width of the post box, but IE wouldn't force a line return.


At 8/05/2005 09:10:00 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Hmm. Don't know about this bug. But there's another one in IE where if your right column is shorter than your left, IE cuts off the left at the length of the right. The Blogger templates have a bottom section as a workaround. So maybe your problem is just a bug with no solution (like mine). Good luck. IE sucks.

At 8/05/2005 09:16:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Agreed! Maybe Bill ought to buy another company and replace IE (since that's where he gets all his really good ideas).

At 8/05/2005 09:19:00 AM, Blogger oyster said...

I am not a computer expert, but let me share my experience. A month ago something similar happened to me (the posts were dropped below the sidebar in my case).

Blogger support finally directed me here, and the advice in that article worked for me, fwiw.

At 8/05/2005 09:28:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

You got a reply?

Thanks for the advice. Alas, I made the recommended change to the layout settings and republished the blog, but the sidebar problem remains.

Wait - you're not a computer expert but you won the redesign contest for Raw Story?

At 8/05/2005 09:37:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

I commented out recently uploaded images, but the problem remains.

I'll send a support request.

At 8/05/2005 10:03:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Since this is a technical post, and others may find this useful, I happened across this great find at Eyes Wide Apart while trying to resolve my problem.

Customize your Blogger banner.

At 8/05/2005 11:20:00 AM, Blogger Mixter said...

This happened to me once before, but hell if I can remember what I did to fix it. Sorry!


At 8/05/2005 04:09:00 PM, Blogger Rob said...

I've had that problem repeatedly. It basically comes down to how IE reads DIV widths. Or something. Because I've always fixed it by simply changing the width of the wrapper (or container) that holds the two columns. If the math is off, making the two wrapped columns wider than the column that contains them, IE pushes one column down the page. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent dealing with this crap. IE always has some teeny little problem with one thing, no matter what you're designing, which always screws up everything and makes you tear your hair out. Advice: Always test with IE first--and early.

If any of what I've said is gobbledygook, let me know. I do this for a simulacrum of a signifier of a vague appearance of a living, so I don't know if more explanation is in order.

Oyster: Howdy. Nice to see another N.O. blogger.

At 8/07/2005 06:52:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...


I figure it is probably thus - something screwed up with the box widths, but damned if I know why. I didn't change any widths. I know what I ultimately may have to do...crossing my fingers there's something happening on the Blogger side that will make the fix less painful.

At 8/07/2005 08:25:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Here's the @#$%&* problem!!!

I pasted text into a post below which contained a line using the "=" symbol. The line went beyond the width of the post box, and for some reason didn't line return.

Here's the offending line:


Thanks everyone for your help.

I'm going to send something to Blogger to let them know I have the solution.

At 8/07/2005 10:58:00 PM, Blogger oyster said...

Sup, rob. It's a shame we haven't crossed paths sooner.


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