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I have started a web page for our family and friends to be able to see what we are up to.  Do you know why someone using an IMAC with IE 5.0 would not be able to view our page? And how to fix it. They say all they get while trying to view it is just a white screen.  The page is www.thegidcumbs.com
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by:Batalf
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One big reason is that you're using Windows bitmaps on your page. Mac doesn't understand "bmp" files. Use jpg or gif instead.
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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WOW!  That page is about 280k.  Batalf is right get rid of the bitmaps.  convert them to gifs.  They make the page too slow to load.

Cd&
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by:dorward
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The three good formats for images on the web

* png
* jpeg
* gif
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by:DreamMaster
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*blinks*...what is the tag Passage??? Is it an XML page??

There could be many reasons why this site won't work on an iMac, Macintoshes in general have more problems with IE anyway...

Script in the table cells could be the problem, the script that uses the timeout for the message in the status bar...

Oh and one general tip...just try to get tabulation right...the page source is a mess. At least when I viewed it it was...

Oh and one last thing... <font size=0>?? Why is that there? There is absolutely no reason for that...

Max.
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by:dorward
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Fixing your HTML errors would be a good place to start: http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thegidcumbs.com%2F&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=HTML+4.01+Transitional

There are lots of them, but I would imagine that one of the problems Mac visitors have is with your many "Missing required subelements of <tr>"s
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by:DandL
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dorward... nice site. Though, I do not understand all the errors.  Also I tried to use the css 'checker' and it did not seem to works..

Let me fix some of the error and I will get back to this question.


I changed the picts to gif and it does load a lot faster.  Though I am still waiting to see if it can be viewed with an IMAC....

Thank to all for your insight so far.
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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This question has been abandoned. I will make a recommendation to the
moderators on its resolution in a week or two. I appreciate any comments
that would help me to make a recommendation.

Cd&
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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It is time to clean this abandoned question up.  

I am putting it on a clean up list for CS.

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points to dorward

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If anyone participating in the Q disagrees with the recommendation,
please leave a comment for the mods.

Cd&
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by:DandL
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I guess my question is still the same..Do you know why someone using an IMAC with IE 5.0 would not be able to view our page?  I have made several code changes over the last few weeks.  But Imacs are not able to view my page.  IE has no problems.  I think I have pin pointed the problem as being the java script.  I also found out that Netscape users do not see the rollovers on the pictures.

Any thoughts...
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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Well we can continue looking I guess, but IMAC with IE5 is a configuration that is not going to be common.  Perhaps someone with access to that kind of platform can offer additional.  However if it is still outstanding, then I doubt you are going to find a solution.  

If what dorward gave you did not solve it you may want to just delete the Q.

Cd&
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by:DandL
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Well, I think there might still be a solution.  I think it has to do with my script. I think if I can get navigator to run the script then it might just solve my imac/'all macs' not being able to see it issue.
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by:Moondancer
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Listening for the bottom line here to finalize this.
Moondancer - EE Moderator
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by:bruno
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DandL,

if you think it's the script, remove the script, and test the page on the iMac and see if it works.


BRUNO
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by:bruno
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btw, don't even bother doing anything else until you get rid of ALL the errors here:


http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thegidcumbs.com%2F&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=%28detect+automatically%29



Until you do that, you are wasting OUR time and yours.



BRUNO
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by:DandL
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fixed the errors but this did not solve the problem.  The issue is the script and suggestions?  This is the script that is not working.


I would like to know why this script does not work with netscape navigator.


<SCRIPT language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">
function preload(img)
{
  var a=new Image(); a.src=img; return a;
}

nav1n=preload('indexgraphics/DAVID.gif');
nav1h=preload('indexgraphics/caption_david.gif');

</SCRIPT>
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<A href="http://www.thegidcumbs.com/UNDERCONSTRUCTION.html"
          onmouseout="document['nav1'].src=nav1n.src"
          onmouseover="document['nav1'].src=nav1h.src"><IMG border=0 name=nav1
          src="indexgraphics/DAVID.gif" alt=""></A>







I will delete the question if there is no solution... any thoughts
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by:bruno
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not related to the script, but you have an unusal character encoding...

windows-1252


usually you see

iso-8859-1


as far as the script, hopefully one of the other experts here might know why it would be causing problems.



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COBOLdinosaur earned 50 total points
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The correct reference is document.images['nav1'].scr

If you use name=nav1 instead of name="nav1" it may not work correctly

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by:DandL
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I can't believe it the problem was my base tag!  it needed the http:// in it.  It was not able to resolve just the www address.  

Thanks


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by:DandL
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Thanks for the help.
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