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Re: Help! Site critique please.
From Craig Boas at French Accents Antique Furniture on 6 May '00
replying to Re: Craig posted by Mini

Dear Mini:

>Gulp: I appreciate your suggestions I can swallow it.

I'm glad you can take it in the spirit in which it is intended, I
really *do* like your site - the things I listed are design nitpicks,
but I wouldn't be helping you if I didn't say anything.

>My question is how do you make changes for the background, it's
> suppose to be 2/3 white and on the far left 1/3 yellow, so your
> saying make the changes,for instance make it be all white with the
> daisy flowers only?

If you want the 2/3 white 1/3 yellow effect, make a table with the
following tags (making sure to remove any HTML tags that would cause
this table to be centered!):

<table border=0 cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0 width=600>
<tr>
<td width=90> </td>
<td width=510>***CONTENT GOES HERE***</td>
</tr>
</table>

What this will do is create a table with two very long columns.
The first one is empty, and creates a 90 pixel wide left margin (which
happens to be the width of the daisy image plus a little white space)
and the second would contain the rest of your page. By setting the
table to a fixed width in pixels and not centering it, it takes up
the leftmost 600 pixels of the screen, irrespective of what size your
viewers' screens are. This is important because your gif background
will have a white area which is about 609 pixels wide no matter what
resolution they are using. When visitors with large screen resolutions
visit your page they'll just see a wide yellow border on the right.

Next, where I wrote "***CONTENT GOES HERE*** you'd just cut and
paste all the content of your current page.

>I guess the slide show must come out I worked hard on that, I know
>it loads slow,I have a lot of images.

Actually, I checked it out with MS Internet Explorer and found it
worked just fine (and didn't take too long to download). It just
isn't showing up in Netscape Navigator. I looked at the code and
figured out that the problem is that you use the DIV tags, but to get
this effect in Netscape I believe you need to use LAYER tags. It's
a pain in the, um, neck to get this sort of effect working in both
browsers, but it's possible.

> For the shopping cart maybe if I had categories, so I could group
> it into tables like yours?

I think your shopping cart layout is just fine - I was just referring
to how, when someome clicks "add to cart" the screen they end up at
doesn't look like the rest of your site.

>I like your site very much and nice products, it loads fast.

Thanks! You don't have to pull any punches you know :-) I can take
it as well as I can dish it out (and I appreciate the value of honest
criticism at least as much as praise!)

>;-)Thanks Mini

Craig




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