Dreamweaver resolution problem...

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i need to solve a problem im having with dreamweaver MX, ive designed a webpage exported it from fireworks into dreamweaver then added a few bits in dreamweaver and then uploaded it. the site looks perfect in my browser but in everyone elses all the graphics are huge and you have to scroll from one side of the site to the other just to see it all..... this begs the question ''what am i doing wrong?'', any help would be great!, cheers Adam.
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what's your resolution?  800x600? 1024x768?

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well my windows resolution is 1280 x 1024
the document resolution is 1266 x 698 maximized

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The other people seeing your graphics as huge has a lower resolution setting with their monitor, probably 800*600.

Many people still use this resolution, and I would suggest to change the design to make it viewable without scrollbars for people with these settings.

With all kinds of resolution settings and different OS's and browsers etc, it is utopia to think that a website can be viewed the same way by everybody, you have to make compromises :-)

-klykken
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i'd agree with klykken - res is definitely your problem.  however i wouldn't discount the 1024X768 folks.  i'd also suggest making your table widths percents so whatever the resolution (unless your graphics are too big) the site will fill up the browser window.

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Making your site viewable in 800*600 also makes it viewable in 1024*768.
Making your site in 1024*768 makes it hard to use in 800*600.

Relative sizes, a 'liquid' laout is also a very good way to go, my guess is that it requires too much learning to be covered by this question, unfortunately :-)

-klykken
good point klykken but if you use 800X600 you run the chance of your site looking tiny with 1024*768 so i would say use both resolutions as guidelines when developing your design.  

in the past i've come up with designs that the client was really excited about until they discovered that it couldn't "fill up" their browser window.  that's why it's always safe to go with a design that can make use of % for widths instead of pixels.

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how would i go about this? would i change my windows resolution to to 800 x 600 and then edit my site?
bottom right hand corner of your document window there is a resolution selector (mouse over it and it says "Window Size").  adjust the resolutions like that to see how your site looks in different ones.  this way you don't have to change your machine's res. also, you can add resolutions in dw by going edit>preferences>status bar.

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That would be the easiest way, yes.
You will then have the same resolution as the people you were talking about. Go back to your Fireworks file, do your adjustments and then export it to Dreamweaver.

When you're all done you change your resolution back, you'll notice your website has shrunk a little in size, but can now be viewed by people with smaller resolution without having horizontal scrollbars.

-klykken

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The reason I'm suggesting actually *changing* your resolution, instead of let's say having DW mimick it is that it's better to work under that same environment that your users are using.

The "Chrome" of the browser  (navigation bar, a few pixels on the left and right, and the bototm of your browser that is not part of the webpage) can only be seen and taken into consideration by changing your resolution.

-klykken

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it just get worse, ive tried the resolution thing but because im working in a smaller scale everything looks blocky and non of the graphics are sharp and crisp.

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Thats how everything loks for people under 800*600.
You basically have to decide wether you want your website to be easier to use for people with that resolution or not :-/

-klykken

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that totally sucks, 800 x 600 should be banned. i feel like giving up on 800 x 600 its blocky and in 1200 x 1??? is tiny! the thing is im not using the whole screen up my main part of my site is within a rectange in the centre of the screen go see at www.whitbyconvoy.com/home1.htm

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Here's how web development works; you have a wide range of settings in browsers and monitors. Your job is to make sure people can see your website; your own preferences are unfortunately irrelevant because you are the last person you are making the website for;  you are making it for everyone else :-/

That is the nature of the web. In addition to this, the larger your resolution is, the higher the chance is that people do not run their browser maximized, so I would not worry too much about it. Your site gave me scrollbars even in 1024*768...

If you are making a site for other people you have to adjust to them.

-klykken

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k i think im gonna base my site on 1024 x 768 that way it looks good and has no scroll bars, people with 800 x 600 must be the minority this day and age so they will have to cope with the scroll bars. but my problems are still not solved, i want the text part of my page to have its own scroll bar this is so that the page doesnt have to get deeper and deeper everytime i add text, when i do this and put it to the centre of the page and it is viewed in a browser the main part of the page moves around with the browser as it is re-sized but the text part stays in the same place and becomes not in line with the main part of the page :(. HELP......
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I'm sorry we could not be of more help  on your resolution question, it's one of the most 'irritating' issues with web design.

Expert Excahnge guidelines asks you to ask new questions seperately.

-klykken
"however i wouldn't discount the 1024X768 folks."  

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xxpuntoxx,
the second question is probably because you are absolutely positioning this element.
Ask another question in this forum so we can fix it :-)

-klykken

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got not enough points for a new question, really doing my head in now :( my email is felix_uo@talk21.com if u wanna drop me a line, cheers

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No can do, but if you go to the macromedia exchange there are iframe extensions that will let you add it wihtout absolutely positioning it.

-klykken

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wheres macromedia exchange?, cheers for all the help mate.

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heh did you try http://www.macromedia.com/  look at the navigation in download or support or similar

-klykken

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had a look around cant find anything this sucks. help plz
xXPuntoXx it seems as though i should've gotten an assist on the ? since i was the one who originally

1. asked you what your res was set to
2. recommended viewing it in 1024X768
3. gave you info on how to view different res in dw without changing your res.

;-)
phillystyle123

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whats an assist i dont know how to use e exchange ive just started sorry if ive upset you.

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punto,
You'll find the extension here:
http://www.massimocorner.com/dw/objects.htm

Good luck! :-)
-klykken

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thats fantastic mate! ill give it a try, cheers for been such a great help.

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hmm it says ''your browser doesnt support iFRAMES'' ?

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tell me the browser you use, and put the page online so I can have a look at it :-)

-klykken

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i use internet explorer my site is at www.whitbyconvoy.com/home.htm

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http://www.whitbyconvoy.com/home.htm does not have any iframe inserted.
If you want me to troubleshoot it you need to insert the iframe first.

-klykken

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ok its uploaded i havnt done it to its correct size but atleast its there, cheers

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looks great, now just make sure you twak the position ans size right.

-klykken

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cheers mate but... hehe how do i get it so everything is central and it all looks central in different resolutions?

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Turn of the absolute positioning and insert the iframe tag in the td you want it

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td? sorry im dumb

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<td>

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k go check out www.whitbyconvoy.com/home.htm and resize the window, ull see my problem.

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