Wednesday, April 9, 2008

XHTML and CSS

I spent wasted the entire afternoon trying to re-format my blog template to include three columns. At least I was in good company, as Lindsay tells me that she spent wasted her afternoon the same way. That was perfectly good time that we could have spent sewing!

Of course, now I won't be able to sleep until I figure it out. I'll be able to eat, though. Why couldn't it be the other way around???

12 comments:

Lindsay T said...

I started a new thread on PR called "Zen and the Art of Blog Maintenance" where we can post technical questions and information. Still, I'm very frustrated with all the time I wasted yesterday. Seriously, I only have a handful of readers anyway! I need to wise up with this whole blogging thing before it consumes my life.

Paula said...

I totally hear you on needing to keep the blogging in proper perspective. I tend to be a little compulsive about beating the computer into submission, so it's hard.

Dawn said...

Why are you messing with CSS? I changed mine to three columns just using XHTML. Check out this link: http://tips-for-new-bloggers.blogspot.com/2007/02/three-columns-blogger-template.html

Paula said...

Dawn, if you view the source for your blog by right clicking on the page and selecting, "View Source" you can see the CSS at the beginning of the coding...all of the variables, wrappers, etc. You have to increase the outer wrapper and add a wrapper for the second sidebar in the CSS in order to get one main column and two sidebars on your blog.

Dawn said...

Yeah, you're right. Sorry when I think of CSS I think of the non-blogging world where you don't have to have it. And, my blog only has two columns because I thought it was too wide and too cluttered with three. I spent a whole messing with the page/template/banner, etc so I know how you feel about the time wasting.

Dawn said...

Yes, I was able to get three columns. Try changing your template. I was using the 'Rounders' template and it looked really dumb because I couldn't figure out how to change the actual round edges. So the round edges stayed where they were which was la-la land after I moved the widths on everything. I am currently using the 'Denim' template which was very easy to manipulate. I don't know how much experience you have with web stuff but learning some basic html symbols and organization may help you. Of course, you may be a programmer, I have no idea. ;)

Dawn said...

I think you've got it, you just have to tweak the widths until you get it the way you want it. You may have to use absolute positioning versus relative.

Dawn said...

Paula, you can email me at info 'at' cabinbaby 'dot' com. Then we can stop this commenting madness. :)

CharityinAlaska said...

Wow! I am suddenly overwhelmed. Look at all this new stuff to look at! :) I'm impressed with your technical skills. I rarely stray away from push-this-button-to-do-this templates.

Charity

Paula said...

Thanks, Charity. Dawn was a big help.

I don't know that my technical skills are all the impressive, but I'm like a bulldog when I think the machines are winning.

Dawn said...

Looks great!!! Did you have to use the absolute positioning?

Paula said...

Dawn, no, I didn't have to. One of the websites you sent me links for actually had accurate html and understandable instructions. I'll do a post on PR about it.