Joomla template change problem

abrodski
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Hello!

I'm new to Joomla! so I might not know something about changing the default template for entire site.
Usually I use Firefox browser (in XP Pro) for both back and front ends.As you know,the default template after the installation is rhuk_ milkyway.But it doesn't look too great.So I changed it to ja_purity.After that IN FIREFOX everything looked right,but when I opened the site in IE 8,some stuff looked wrong.I'm talking about how everything was positioned.It was kinda messed up.
I could improve something by,say,adjusting the position of something,but mostly it didn't help,so I just switch back to milkyway template and everything got back to normal in BOTH browsers.
Why this happened? and another question is...
Does it matter in which browser I work in back end in regard to how my site would look in front end? Maybe because I created content in Firefox that's why in IE 8 it looked wrong or those things aren't connected?
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Every template has it's own build. All positions can be different in an template.
A menu can be top in one templete and left in the other. This my look like your site is not working or strange things happen to your site.

There are some differences in how a site is diplayed in a browser but this are small differences.
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ja_purity is not inherently compatible with IE8. (You will find that quite a few websites (not a joomla thing but an html-type thing) don't look quite right in IE8 which is one reason why IE* put ain a compatibility button.
(for more info on IE8 compatability read here: http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2009/03/12/site-compatibility-and-ie8.aspx)

It does not matter which browser you work in back end in regard to how the site looks in front end.

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Thanks j-b-t! You're smart! You gave me a right clue...So I googled a solution from some australian forum:
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Anyway if you add the following straight after the <head> tag in your index.php file it will automatically force IE8 into compatibility mode for everyone who views your site (many of whom may not be bothered to manually switch compatibility mode on):

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=7" /> <!-- for IE8 Compatibility -->

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It does work...the compatibility button disappears,so probably IE runs automatically in compatibility mode...if you go to a different web site after that,the button reappears

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