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    Junior Member pepe_starr's Avatar
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    Hi All,
    I have a website and it is doing well but the only problem is is that the whole page is not printing. This is the only page which I have uploaded of the new design I would like.
    http://www.miniaturerailwayworld.co.uk/index.htm
    I have been reccomended print style sheets but can't get my head round them so I was wondering if anyone could possibly volunteer to either assist or make one for my site.
    Many many Thanks in advance!
    Peter

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    OK ...

    The part that's not printing is the background images?
    That's because printing backgrounds is a function of the browser.
    Normal default is "print no backgrounds".

    If that's the only thing you're looking for, no big deal, because printing
    that dark background is not necessary, and sort of wastes ink.

    If you're talking about the images being cut-off from the printed page?

    That's another issue. Viewing your page with Firefox, the images are
    wrapped and they are OK in the prinout ... but not with IE. So you have
    some browser compatibility issues too.

    So you have some CSS issues that need to be addressed.
    You have a template from SPYKA.NET ? Unless you've altered the
    CSS file, they have some browser compatibility issues they need to address.

    The images you have displayed on the banner also looked scrunched up.
    I don't know if that was intentional, but it doesn't look so good.

    Does your organization have a nice logo? That might be better at the top
    than what you currently have.

    I know none of these things answer your "printer style sheet" question, but
    I don't think you need another style sheet, just some CSS modifications.

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    EDIT:
    You haven't addressed any issues with your locomotive database.
    I suggest you look into some PHP/MySQL scripting. If you get in the habit
    of using the extension .php instead of .html on your pages, you'll be a step
    ahead on using PHP to dynamically alter the content of your pages. It could
    be very helpful in the future for making content changes on your site.
    Even using PHP alone (without MySQL), would provide some great features
    you may want to incorporate on your site.


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    Hi Mlseim
    Thank you so much for your reply, it's great to get some feedback.
    Just to start off I just want to point out that the site is not an organisation and purely a site run by me for the interest of others in the subject area. Easily mistaken I know
    The main thing my visitors want is not the background but the information on the main page (where the writing is and the content, on the page shown above where the welcome is)
    I've just been on Firefox and see what you mean! I got the top skin of this page:
    http://www.spykadesign.com/templates...&p=2&sort=&str
    If you could possbily have a look through the CSS I would be so grateful!
    The loco database I have not started work on as of yet but will be in the navigation bar ready once the new site is up. I will look at using PHP for this. I use dreamweaver and contribute mainly.
    As for the logos it is a demo page really so they won't be like that when the site is ready
    Thanks so much! Peter

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    Even though it's a demo page, you need to "nail" the banner section
    especially. A decision needs to be made on whether the width should
    be fixed (and centered), or fluid ... where is stretches to match the browser
    width. This decision makes a really big difference on positioning of sections
    and how it will look on various sized browsers.

    The look and feel of your site is dependent on the logo, the content, and
    your personal tastes. Just for some inspiration, you may want to check out
    http://www.csszengarden.com

    That site is an example of many designers and artists who use the same HTML on
    every page (that's a requirement of the CSS Project they have) ... but create their
    own CSS Style Sheets and graphics. Interesting to see the same HTML content
    shown in hundreds of various "look" and "feel" site designs.

    Don't feel you need to stay within a template.

    If you see a site layout on the internet that you really like, give us a link to it.
    Then, scan or create a logo and put it somewhere on your demo site. With a
    logo we can work from, we can possibly give you some good ideas too.

    I mention this because in my personal opinion, the template you are using in
    your demo is not only riddled with CSS problems, but sort of ugly too.

    I looked at a bunch of railroad sites online, and none of them are very attractive.
    With the right graphics, you could actually make a "killer" mini railroad site.

    Tell us what you want as far as screen size (static or fluid), width?



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