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    I've recently edited a template. It can be found here: godwinbooks.com.

    However, I have almost absolutely no idea what I'm doing, and am uncapable of changing many of the set properties probably provided by the CSS file that came with the template.

    I'm editing this site in Expression Web.

    I have two things which I just can't figure out, no matter what I try.

    1. In the hyperlinks on the right column at index, the text goes green when I hover my mouse over it. How do I disable that, and make it stay the same colour?

    2. On any page besides the index, the header is in Flash. When I began making the site, I thought it would be a good idea to have everything in Flash. But I realized that it's bad for numerous reasons. Is there a way to quickly change the header of all the pages of the site (around 20)? I tried find/replacing the code, but that has proved to be ineffective

    Thanks in advance!

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    You have a file there called "style.css" ...

    http://godwinbooks.com/style.css

    In that file, you'll see things called "hover". This defines what happens when
    the mouse "hovers over" something.

    In this case, the color changes to hex value #434200. Look up hex colors on Google.
    Example: #000000 (is black) , #FFFFFF (is white).

    a:hover{ color:#434200; text-decoration:none;}
    strong a{ color:#1D5256; text-decoration:none; font-weight:normal; font-style:italic;}
    strong a:hover{ color:#1D5256; text-decoration:underline; font-weight:normal; font-style:italic;}

    You'll have to experiment with changing those colors. Make a copy of
    "style.css" in another place so you retain the original file.

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    All other pages have a Flash Object inserted ...

    This part:
    Code:
    <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000"
               codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"
              width="766" height="355">
        <param name="movie" value="flash/main.swf?button=7"> 
        <param name="quality" value="high">
        <param name="menu" value="false">
        <!--[if !IE]> <-->
        <object data="flash/main.swf?button=7"
               width="766" height="355" type="application/x-shockwave-flash">
         <param name="quality" value="high">
         <param name="menu" value="false">
         <param name="pluginurl" value="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer">
         FAIL (the browser should render some flash content, not this).
        </object>
    Erase those between, and including <object> and </object> but make duplicate copies
    of everything so you have the originals saved.

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    Finally, use Google to search for: CSS Tutorials

    Learn about CSS.


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    Thanks so much for helping me with this. I've repped you.
    It should look fine and normal now...godwinbooks.com

    It took aLOT of messing around. Expression Web is somewhat fustrating to working with. Sometimes, it doesn't display underlines in the program, but the browser does...

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    I recommend you connect to your webspace using an FTP
    program and use that to transfer files back and forth between
    your computer and the server.

    Then, you use Notepad to actually make changes. Don't use a
    WYSIWYG editor ... do it by hand, using the code. Make a change,
    transfer the file over and then refresh your page online to see it.

    Always view your pages on as many browsers as you can,
    IE, FF, and Safari for sure. Design for FF and then make adjustments
    for IE.

    Go online and find a nice FTP program to use ... some are free, some
    are trial software. WS-FTP LE is the old sure-fire FTP program that used
    to be free. You can still find people that have the old free version to download:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...ad&btnG=Search

    It will ask you if you're a student or teacher, answer yes to that.

    If you need more info about connecting to your server using FTP, ask your webhost.


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    Yeah, but the problem with that is that I would actually have to know about HTML and CSS and all that stuff. If I'm hard coding it, I need to know what I'm doing.

    What I do right now, is I save the Expressions file, and then open it up with FF and IE, to see.

    By the way, could you please check godwinbooks.com to see if it matches this picture: http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/7...inbooksyr2.jpg.

    Thanks so much.

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    It looks the same to me (IE6.0).
    The only difference is the font size of the title in the banner.

    Don't know what else to say other than getting a book
    on CSS/XHTML and/or looking on Google for tutorials.

    You're going to be constantly frustrated with using a
    web page editor ... it will never render correctly on all browsers.

    I can help out with questions, but don't have time to code anything for you.


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    I'll definitely think about reading some tutorials on the web.

    Do you know any good ones? And how long, approximately, do you think it will take to become proficient in editing CSS and HTML for what I'm doing.

    Also, do you have any idea why when I went to the site (godwinbooks.com) on a different computer, the fonts of the header were Tahoma or something like that?

    Thanks.

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    karinne has a nice list of some good CSS tutorials here.

    The font issue is due to the fact that you have specified a font that isn't installed on all computers. The only people that will see the name as you see it are those that have that font installed on their computers.
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