Web pages all broken up

My web pages break up badly like river ice in the spring when I enlarge the font size. The larger the magnification the worse the breakup. Images also get smeared or scrambled about the page. It is sometimes evident even on normal sized text.
example: http://www.drumalarm.com/timer.html

There seems to be no way to predict it while constructing the page. It seems to help a bit making the html text boxes WAY oversize, but its a very frustrating trial and error process. Quite embarrassing for Softpress, it happens on their homepage!

What am I doing wrong?

This to me is a grievous fault and I just can’t go ahead with the purchase unless there is a solution.


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Well I think it’s the way in which you build it. If you’re just dragging and dropping tables on your page and sizing them up then it won’t work when you expand the text. One solution would be to build your site using a box-model of tables. There’s a video floating around about it using CSS styles, but it’d be the same for tables I’d assume. I see you’re using Express so it’s your only option is to use tables.

Basically how box-model works is that you have a container box with smaller boxes (tables) inside of it. For instance you could create a one-by-one table, then single (or double) click and get the blinking cursor and then insert two boxes (single 1-1 tables) into that. Then in your Inspector you’ll have floats and clear options and if you set one of them to float right and clear right and the other to float left and clear left then you’ll have a two column layout. You’d then select your original table and switch to the other option in the Inspector and choose “Height Can Shrink.” If you were to put text inside these newly created table items the container outside part would expand with the size of the text and such.

That’s the general idea. If you’d like me to whip up a box-model sample file for Express for you then just drop a line here.


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After reading you’re suggestion I created an HTML box as a ‘container’ for all my other HTML and graphic boxes and the page holds together now after increasing font size. You would think this would be mentioned prominently in the instructions! Or better yet, not be necessary in the first place.
There seems to be no way to put the CSS menu bar inside the HTML ‘container’ box however, and when increasing font size it does step over the contents of the ‘container’ box. However this is not as serious a problem and I will just live with it I guess.
Thanks for your help it is GREATLY appreciated.

Peter


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Well as a suggestion, I had a situation today where I had to align the float to “left” and clear to “both” for the menu to work out. For some reason that fixed the problem I had with an inflexible menu for some reason.

Glad to see it worked out. It’s just one way to build a site.


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Hi Dan, I saw your box model video. Nice job! Very professional.
My feedback for you is that it was not easy to access (I could only download it by clicking on the Hotjobs link which at first I thought was an ad. You might think about making it avaialable on Youtube as an alternative. I’ll bet the viewership will increase dramatically.
As for the box-model, I am left with 2 questions: I am worried about the boxes stepping on each other and if that happens I get “overfowed” errors. Instead of having “filler boxes” inbetween your content boxes, why not just set the background to the color you want?
Finally, in your video I think it would be worth putting more focus on what advantages the box-model approach has. (i.e. if you don’t do it, your web pages will get fucked up and you’ll get ulcers)


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Thanks for the suggestions Peter. Currently all of my previous videos are being redone to cover better audio and as you mentioned, better explanations.

It’s just finding the time to do them.

Again, glad things worked out.


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