Tuesday, January 29, 2008
"What happened to the sidebars" - recappers, please read!
The "disappearing sidebar syndrome" happens in Internet Explorer - I read on firefox, which doesn't do that, so I didn't know it had happened.
It happens when somebody posts something which is wider than the right text column and can't be divided - either a picture which is too big, or (in this case) website URLs which are so long they don't fit on one line. Then Internet Explorer makes the right column wider and there is no longer any room for the left sidebar so it gets bumped to the bottom.
I edited the two files with long URLs and now the sidebar should be back.
Since I don't browse with IE, please let me know if this happens again.
Recappers - reminder (1) best to input your file either right on the blogger site or as a text file, if you do it in word save as a text file before proceeding because if you cut-and-paste a WORD document many odd things creep into your files.
Also (2) when you post links, make the text comment shorter than the long URL.
If this isn't working out, I guess I can try to save as text only, reopen the file in word pad and then cutting and pasting it. I don't know if that would even fix it though, because word is nasty about saving formatting as "rich text" buried even in text files.
I've had too many mishaps in the past typing long posts directly into blogger to rely on it. It's supposed to save every few minutes but sometimes it loses posts. I think I'd slit my wrists if it lost a recap I was almost finished with.
Anyway, if there is trouble with my posts, let me know and I'll try another approach. It's not working if you are having to go through and fix people's posts.
I also have better luck when I use text in Word and cut and paste. I will work harder to make my recaps shorter, though, and perhaps that will help.
I could have just disabled the smart quotes in Word, but I switched to WordPad instead. (Notepad was a little too flaky for me.)
Thanks for the clarification. I used PCs long ago when I worked for an organization that served blind people, because the PCs at that time didn't use the graphics and were accessible. I haven't kept up with PC technology though, because the Hawaii public schools use Macs and I went back to Mac.
But it's lousy for casual writing, that's for sure. And if you paste text from Word, it still doesn't get rid of the curly quotes, which are my bane!! (Those and caterpillars!)
I think there's a Mac equivalent of NotePad and/or WordPad... I just can't remember what it's called. It's the application that opens text files (like ReadMe) by default. SimpleText, maybe?