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How can I get my web site to look the same in IE and Netscape?

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I created this web site "<my_web>" in FP 2000 on a PC.  When I previewed the web pages in FP witn IE 6 and Netscape 6.2 everything looks okay (not perfect but okay) however, when I look at the web site on another computer (PC and/or Mac system)its all screwed up!

Can someone help me fix this site?  Do I need to redo my pages and not use absolute positioning?

Thanking you in advance!
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by:webwoman
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If it's falling apart on anybody else's machine, the short and brutal answer is yes, you need to redo it.

There could be lots and lots of reasons why it falls apart, without looking at it it's just about impossible to tell why.

Part of the reason is likely to be that they don't have the same fonts as you, they don't have the same browser, don't have the same monitor resolution, browser window size, etc., etc., etc...

Bottom line -- it NEVER looks exactly the same on anybody else's machine. ;-) But you can do things that will keep it relatively close.

If you haven't done any web work before, you'll find that NOTHING is guaranteed on the web. If you're not familiar with how things work, you'll have problems like this until it starts to make sense. It will be extremely frustrating, but I haven't found any way around it. Any new skill takes time to learn.
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After vieing your source code it appears you are using the span element to position your navigation buttons.

When you use positioning, you should consider the nature of the element you are attempting to position. Typically, span is used to "span" or group a text string within a paragraph. Attempting to apply positioning to span elements can lead to very unpredictable results.

The div element is by nature a container. It is ideally suited for positioning.

Use span when you want to apply a group of styles to a text string. Otherwise I would use the div element or consider a more basic approach of dividing the page up with a table and using it to position your navigation buttons.
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Or just use tables, and don't worry about trying to position divs.

Unless you're experienced with how browsers interpret div tags and know how to handle positioning for different window sizes, trying to layer divs is extremely difficult.

Bit_twiddler's explanation of div tags and their uses is very good -- but if you're a beginner, it might not be the best way to handle this problem.
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by:dee43
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Webwoman,

Yes, I am a beginner.  I will redo my pages.

Can you tell me how to position images and/or text using tables.  Give me the code (example) and I will increase the points.

thanks!

Dee
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Bit Twiddler,

I took a look at killersites.com and so far, the info is great!  This site (and the others you supplied) will help me understand how tables work and hopefully re-create my web site with ease.

Thanks for responding!!
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