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    Post Self Taught Designer Needs Browser Help

    I'm a self-taught site designer who shamelessly hasn't learned a whole lot of "new tricks" in the designing world for quite some time.

    I run a small store website (scoop-n-save .com), designed all in basic HTML, it looks exactly how I want it to in Internet Explorer but it looks way, way off in Fire Fox - things like table borders show up when I don't want them to, font is not the same etc....

    So I guess I went wrong because I just designed for 1 browser - the question is how do I correct this in the easiest way? From here on in I need to design for more browsers but how can I fix what I have already done, and quickly?

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    Another newbie here, but have you validated your coding? On my first attempt I got things working in IE, and was then shocked how many errors came up when I validated the page - IE had worked despite the errors, but other browsers seem to be fussier.

    I can't post the link, but you should be able to reconstruct it from
    http colon double slash validator dot w3 dot org slash

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    It's time to learn a new trick then!

    Build your site and test in a standards compliant web browser first, Firefox is generally peoples first choice. If everything works in FF then other browsers like Safari, Opera, and IE8 usually need no extra work. You may have to do the odd tweak for IE7, but IE6 will cause the most problems, and this is where is can get difficult for people who don't have much experience. Luckily http://www.positioniseverything.net has a great guide to IE's bugs and offers fixes and solutions for most problems.

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    When Im setting up a site I tend to have firefox and ie6 open all the time and test in both continuously this is because firefox and ie6 are at the opposite ends of the scale (firefox=good, ie6=bad) and this I find saves me time.I must add that this does not mean that it will work in every browser and you should test in every possible browser but with me if I get it to work in those 2 it normally works in most other browsers.

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    I recommend you download this aswell http://tredosoft.com/Multiple_IE

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    http://validator.w3.org/check

    104 errors. Whoosh! You're lacking a doctype, which means everything is displaying in quirks mode -- FF and other compliant browsers don't much like that. Get a proper doctype in there (I'd recommend HTML 4.01 Strict, but I don't think people would holler overly much if you fudged things with HTML 4.01 Transitional) and see where that leaves you.

    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/doctype/

    Give a shout if you need a hand validating/fixing/updating your site.

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    Thanks everyone. These answers also me a newbie at this..


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