Friday, January 25, 2008

Hooray! My blog can be viewed again in Internet Explorer

Joey's recent comment about not being able to see the blog in its entirety made me look up the blog again using Microsoft's Internet Explorer. And voila! IE can once again render the complete site.

People using the IE browser have not been able to view the blog for about a month since I experimented with some html page elements changes. Apparently I had a broken html code so IE was not able to render the blog pages. I use FireFox and it has the ability to fix small broken bits of code so I was unaware of this problem until Pam/Digging and Annie in Austin alerted me to the problem.

I have tried to locate the broken code without success. I was about to use a completely new template to fix the problem because an estimate I read said that 80% still use IE as their browser but the problem resolved itself despite my not trying to find a fix for at least a week.

Well, I'm glad for the fix and thankful that I won't have to add all the page elements again in a new template. What a relief!

I'll make sure this time to save a copy of the html template as a Word file.


Blogger DeeMom said...

Yippeeee Skippy I thought you were lost and gone FOREVER


By the By you have been missed

10:37 AM  
Blogger Entangled said...

I use Firefox and Opera most of the time, and I always forget to test in IE.

Maybe you've already tried this, but would it help to run the blog through an HTML validator?

I just ran mine through, and mine's a mess. Many of the errors are Blogger-generated (not my fault) and/or nit-picky (W3C is very strict), but some of it is my doing. Looks like I'll be editing this weekend.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Les, Zone 8a said...

I am glad you are back in full. I am new to blogs and have started one of my own, and yours was one of the first I started visiting frequently. I have put you on my own blog roll and hope you might do the same.


4:48 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

I thought Mucknmire was a goner too unless I opted to use another template. But on a second thought may be the transfer wouldn't have corrected the problem. Oh well, it's working now so hopefully the gremlins will stay away.


I didn't know there was such a thing as an html validator. Thanks for the link. Now that I made a copy of my blog's code, I'll run the validator and see what comes up.

I used Opera but I find that FireFox seems to be a bit faster despite Opera's claim to be the faster browser. I tried a very small browser that loaded pages faster than anything else I tried but it was fluky and crashed twice so I don't use it anymore. I even tried the Windows compatible Safari but that was a bust because it took too long to load a page if ever. I've found it's good to cross check any changes you make using IE because it renders the page much differently than FireFox or Opera.

Hi Les,
Welcome to the world of garden blogging. I have included you in my list of links and thanks for including me in yours. It will be interesting to see the plants you can grow in zone 8a and how much more quickly things begin to bud and grow in your zone in contrast to mine. Good to have you aboard!

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Nan Ondra said...

Yay, you're "back"! I recently changed computers and assumed the problem was just something wonky on my end. Good to see you again, Ki!

5:17 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Good! Now all your readers can enjoy your wonderful words and photos again, Ki.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

3:00 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Nan,
Glad to be back! I haven't quite figured out what the problem was - I have a suspicion it was Blogger because I didn't make any changes in the past few days yet the problem resolved itself. I guess the gods of the ether decided to turn their kindly countenance towards my blog. :)

You are too kind. The writing is ungrammatic, quirky and hurried. I really do try to take better photos so I'm quite happy with the improvement I've made in that respect.

When we belonged to a bicycle club there was a dyslexic rider who would write a short article of his impressions of the ride we took that week. The spelling of words were quite bad and made the reading quite laborious but the glorious world of his impressions and descriptions of the things he saw on the ride almost made one weep for joy and your own lack of such richness.

Several members would criticize the spelling and grammatical errors of the writing but were quickly put down when most came to the defense of the dyslexic writer. The common sentiment was that the content and just the joy of being was by far the most important element of writing.

I'll have to keep this in mind more as I write. Instead of the usual descriptive "this and that".
And, hopefully the writing will improve though I fear my Mother's Alzheimer's disease is my legacy too and some of the writing is starting to subtly reflect the condition of the brain.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Ellis Hollow said...

Ki: I only had time to skim commetns, so you may have already heard this: Even if your code validates, there are still differences in the way browsers interpret the code. Usually the differences are minor and inconsequental. But as you've experienced, they can be devastating. Best bet after you've made any serious redesign is to look at the site in as many different browsers as you can. Email friends with Macs and have them take a look at it on as many browsers as they have. (Or PCs if you're a Mac user.)

Good to have you back. My Opera here at home showed only your borders -- nothingin the main text area.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Ellis Hollow,
Thanks for the heads up with the Opera browser. I removed Opera from my computer because I rarely used it but I guess I should reinstall it to check the blog. After this experience, I don't think I will make many more changes. It is weird that only FF could always render the full blog then IE after almost a month and Opera not at all? I'll have to run the validator Entangled suggested using after all. Thanks for your comment.

7:11 PM  
Blogger heirloomgardener said...

I just found your blog and it is so great to find another NJ gardener on line.

-Heirloom Gardener

10:09 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hello Heirloomgardener,
It is surprising there are so few garden bloggers from NJ, considering that we live in the Garden State. I know of two others, Old Roses who does a wonderful job with the Garden Voices and Anthony at the Compost Bin and now you. :)

Thanks for visiting and I will check out your blog soon and add your link to my site.

4:52 AM  
Anonymous mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

I use Safari on Mac OSX or Firefox (when I'm debugging my new WordPress blogs, because it has Firebug which is great for finding problems.

Be careful saving your html to Word. It's better to use a plain text editor. Word can change your mark-up so that it won't be machine readable anymore. If you do use Word, make sure you are writing and saving in plain .txt format, not .rtf or .doc.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

I think my next computer will be a Mac since I've heard horror stories about what a memory hog Vista can be. Or...use one of the distributions of Linux. I was able to install Linux Ubuntu on an ancient laptop but couldn't get the wifi card to work. Maybe by the time I need a new computer the open source people will have the Linux distros more user friendly.

Thanks for the Firebug link. Apparently there are several versions. It's specifically made to work with FireFox but they have Opera and IE editions as well. It should be interesting to download the software to check the html.

Thanks also for the warning to save html only as a .txt file. I wasn't aware Word could change the mark-up.

6:49 PM  

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