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    Hi, i have just recently started designed a new website. This site is the first one i have done which uses CSS for poisioning with no tables or frames etc..etc.., It is also the first one i have done with valid XHTML.

    At first i was happy with the way it looks but now it needs something adding to it. Any suggestions are welcome. It is bested viewed with IE and 1024x768 resolution. Im having problems in Firefox and in IE actaully. Maybe center the page, except the header?

    It is hosted on a geocities account from when i signed up for Yahoo! Mail in '03 just so you guys can see it. I will move it to a decent server when i upload it for real. For now please minimize the Ad-Frame.

    I relise i need to change the headers 'navigation' and 'Links' cause they are a faded colour (well on my screen anyway), don't be too harsh im still new to this suff lol

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    IF you check the valid xhtml code it will says its not valid and found 48 errors or something cause the code that Yahoo! geocities has placed in the page for the Ad-Frame isn't valid but trust me, without that Ad-code in there it is valid xhtml.
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    I think you are asking way too much of the viewer.
    It's you'r job as a web designer in my view to make
    the page acessable to anyone.

    "Javascript needs to be enabled to view the side
    navigation but i will fix this in the future.
    I am having problems with the layout in
    Firefox, for best browsing please use IE5+
    and a 1024x768 resolution for the time being."

    Also, i hope this part is temporary because the adverage viewer doesnt give diddily squat about how the site was made and doesnt even know what css is.

    "an insight into the site
    The whole site is XHTML and CSS valid.
    This site uses no tables for layout; It is all
    positioned using CSS."


    Also why would the adverage user want to validate your xhtml?
    Dont take my critisism too sharply though because I am a beginner.

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    "Javascript needs to be enabled to view the side
    navigation but i will fix this in the future.
    I am having problems with the layout in
    Firefox, for best browsing please use IE5+
    and a 1024x768 resolution for the time being."
    Yes this is only temporary untill i find something to replace it.

    Also why would the adverage user want to validate your xhtml?
    Yeah, good point, never though why someone would one to validate it unless they know about the valid stuff. i will change that.


    Can anyone tell me why there is a white space at the top before the header in Firefox and why the copyright text is out of the CSS box?
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    If you are aiming for valid xhtml and using divs, why not also consider CSS menus using formated lists and also add some accessibility features such as Access Keys on the main menu items.
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    If you are aiming for valid xhtml and using divs, why not also consider CSS menus using formated lists and also add some accessibility features such as Access Keys on the main menu items.
    I have now used CSS lists for the menu with a CSS rollover and the navigation uses accesskeys.

    I actaully changed the nav to CSS and added accesskeys before i read your reply this post but thanks for suggesting them, i would of changed them anyway if i hadn't beforehand. lol
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    That look much cleaner now :-)
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    First of all when I saw it was on geocities I expected a rubbish site but when your site loaded in about 2 seconds I were amazed at how clean it looks.

    The header isn't aligned with the navigation and I think if it were it would look a lot better.

    The hyperlinks at the top under the header go up one font size when you hover over them, which move the rest of the hyperlinks, which is a bit annoying.

    I also think if the site is centred and your validation links put at the very bottom of the page under the footer it would look better.

    I don't think a site that looks this good should be on geocities and that you should think about using a paid host.

    They don't cost much and the cheapest is about 2 (GBP) a month and it's worth it!
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    It looks a lot better now, more friendly, =)

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    I agree. Get it off geocities and onto a reliable host. That site is certainly to good to be in the geocities category and it needs to be on a domain/host of it's own. If you don't already have a host in mind let me know and I'll help you out.
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