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How do I fix this spacing issue?

Posted on 2013-05-11
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Last Modified: 2013-05-13
I'm running a player from live365.com and you can see what I've got by heading out to http://www.countryshowdown.com/SIR/index.php

It's all good except for the controls at the bottom. When I'm running the player from my computer, you see what I have as represented by the "right.png" graphic. The "wrong.png" graphic shows you the extra space that's happening and I don't know how to fix it.

The controls themselves are coming from live365's server and I'm not sure to what extent I can manipulate them, but since it's showing up correctly on my computer, I'm thinking there's something I can be doing differently, but I don't know what.


The CSS is at http://www.countryshowdown.com/SIR/pls.css
Question by:brucegust
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Gary earned 1332 total points
ID: 39158819
You seem to be using lots of spacer images and <br> in the layout making it higher than it really needs to be.
Also move your object outside the div.

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ID: 39158843
Hey, Gary!

Thanks for taking the time to weigh in...

Where do you see spacer images? I'm looking at my index page and I know I've seen dot.gif fairly often, but that's live365's thing and I'm not sure to what extent I can change that.

Maybe I'm looking at the wrong thing, let me know...

Also, as far as the object, are you saying I need to move the "DrawControls" script outside the controls div?

Thanks in advance.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<meta charset=utf-8>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="mini.css">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us">
<title>Texaco Country Showdown | Showdown Internet Radio</title>
<script language="JavaScript">
<!-- start scripting

	var gVersion = "";
// end scripting -->
<script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.live365.com/scripts/cookiemonster.js"></script>
<script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.live365.com/scripts/version.js"></script>
<script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.live365.com/scripts/clientdetect.js"></script>
<script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.live365.com/scripts/vb_sniff_lite.js"></script>
<script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.live365.com/scripts/hosts.js"></script>
<script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.live365.com/scripts/player.js"></script>
<script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.live365.com/scripts/customplayer.js"></script>
<script language="JavaScript">
<!-- start scripting

station_broadcaster		= 'countryshowdown';											// DJ name
station_id				= 375123;													// station numeric ID
stream_id				= 1381405;													// stream numeric ID

/*** OPTIONAL PARAMETERS ***/														// CSS and images
local_css				= 'http://www.countryshowdown.com/SIR/pls.css';	// CSS URL
imageDir				= 'http://www.countryshowdown.com/SIR/images/';												// Button images URL
gPreBtnVertSpace		=0;														// Vertical offset above Play/Stop buttons in pixels
gPLSWidth				= 321;														// Width of Playlist iframe in pixels
gPLSHeight				= 80;														// Height of Playlist iframe in pixels
gPlayerColor			= '#000000';												// Color of visible embedded player in #RRGGBB

// end scripting -->

<!-- jquery stuff for testimonial carousel -->
<script src="js/jquery-1.6.1.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.innerfade.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
		speed: 1000,
		timeout: 10000,
		type: 'sequence',
		containerheight: '119px'
<STYLE type="text/css" media="screen">
		#widget { position: absolute; top: 226px; left: 405px; visibility: visible; display: block }
		#link1 { position: absolute; top: 226px; left: 425px; visibility: visible; display: block }
		#link2 { position: absolute; top: 226px; left: 445px; visibility: visible; display: block }
		#poweredBy { position: absolute; top: 192px; left: 408px; visibility: visible; display: block }

<body bgcolor="#000000" topmargin="0" leftmargin="0" onload="HandleAction('play');" scroll="no">

<div id="big_container">
	<div id="marquee">
	<script language="JavaScript">
	<!-- start scripting
	DrawPLS("mode=1");			// Draw PLS track metadata
	// end scripting -->
	<div id="imagefadebox"><ul id="portfolio">
<li id="imagefadebox">
<a href="http://www.countryshowdown.com/contestant.php?id=35487" target="_blank"><img src="carousel/douglas.png" alt="Douglas Haines" border="0"/></a></li>
<li id="imagefadebox">
<a href="http://www.countryshowdown.com/contestant.php?id=29550" target="_blank"><img src="carousel/jake.png" alt="Jake Perry" border="0"/></a></li>
<li id="imagefadebox">
<a href="http://www.countryshowdown.com/contestant.php?id=1127" target="_blank"><img src="carousel/jake.png" alt="Carrie Joy" border="0"/></a></li>
<li id="imagefadebox">
<a href="http://www.countryshowdown.com/contestant.php?id=47818" target="_blank"><img src="carousel/jake.png" alt="Philip" border="0"/></a></li>
<li id="imagefadebox">	
<a href="http://www.countryshowdown.com/contestant.php?id=754" target="_blank"><img src="carousel/amanda.png" alt="Amanda Riffe" border="0"/></a></li>
<li id="imagefadebox">	
<a href="http://www.countryshowdown.com/contestant.php?id=23125" target="_blank"><img src="carousel/merritt.png" alt="Merritt Whitley" border="0"/></a></li>
<li id="imagefadebox">	
<a href="http://www.countryshowdown.com/contestant.php?id=23533" target="_blank"><img src="carousel/alyssa.png" alt="Alyssa Page" border="0"/></a></li>

	<div id="mike"></div>
	<div id="controls">
	<table class="control_table">
	<form name="controls">
	<script language="JavaScript">
	<!-- start scripting
	// end scripting -->

MIME Type	text/html
Resource Type	Document
Full URL	http://www.countryshowdown.com/SIR/
Scheme	http
Host	www.countryshowdown.com
Path	/SIR/
Filename	SIR
Request & Response
Method	—
Cached	No
Status	—
Code	—

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Gary earned 1332 total points
ID: 39158865
Ok, yes I see they are dynamic.
Without access to their documentation (cannot see anything on their site) it's impossible to know what params you should be passing for the look of it.
Unless maybe you hardcode the layout...
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chilternPC earned 668 total points
ID: 39159161
I think its around the table with the class  control_table
i,e,  <table class="control_table">
I would replace it with css instead of a table but if you can't do that
I would add to the class by making the valign of the cells 'top'
However, I couldn't find your definition for it.

I think it may also display differently on different browsers but haven't checked it.
using Firefox to inspect the elements and
looking at the source, where the controls are  the table width set to 138  but the images inside are 163, bigger than the table .
do you have control over his part?

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39161808
I was able to solve the problem by reverting to the doc type that was used in the original template. Once I did, everything lined up the way that it needed to along with a div that positioned things accordingly. The div by itself didn't do it, but that combined with the doc type knocked it out of the park.


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