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Jeff Root
2009-Feb-06, 04:12 PM
What would be a good forum or other place to get help with HTML,
CSS, and JavaScript?

I make my web pages from scratch, but only know the basic HTML
codes and a few CSS things. What I want at the moment is to limit
the column width of text. For example, if you open my web page in
your browser on your superwidescreen monitor, and maximize the
window, the text shouldn't be more than oh, say, 80 ems wide,
left-aligned with equal margins on left and right.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

hhEb09'1
2009-Feb-06, 04:27 PM
Put it all in a table, with the table width set, and have a center tag before the table.

There are a lot of online html/css/script help pages, but you're looking for a forum specifically?

ETA: is that column width thing for the webpage in your sig? To get the "bone?" over to the text?

Fazor
2009-Feb-06, 05:04 PM
Once every two years or so I decide to re-do my webpage in the belief I'll actually update it. After re-learning HTML and redesigning everything, it turns out I don't have any page views or any reason to update. Two years down the road I'll forget that and redesign. :)

Anyway I can always find a wealth of infomration from simple google searches. As for forums, I've never used any for that.

Tog
2009-Feb-06, 05:29 PM
I use front page for mine. It's got some artwork that requires it all be int same spot fo everyone that views it. For this reason I use the exact method that hhEb09'1 said.

I set the page background image (or color).
Set a table that has enough rows and columns to handle the formatting issues I need, then align each cell as needed.

My main pages are supposed to look like an open book with the page edges and covers framing the text. The newest version isn't up yet, but I cleaned up the graphics a lot, and I really like the way they turned out.

Jeff Root
2009-Feb-06, 05:31 PM
Put it all in a table, with the table width set, and have a center tag
before the table.
Well, that's simple. Still hate to put everything in tables. There should
be a CSS solution as simple as the HTML soulution you suggest.



There are a lot of online html/css/script help pages, but you're looking
for a forum specifically?
I hate searching for something, getting hundreds of thousands of
hits, spending hours looking at dozens of them, and finding one by
one that no, this isn't what I'm looking for... Or, no, I can't make
head or tail of what they are saying... If what you suggested does
the job-- and it looks like it should-- I got a good, clear, easy answer
in the first sentence of the first reply a few minutes after posting
the question. Pretty good evidence that the technique works.

I figured that there are other fora more appropriate for this subject,
but I described my need knowing that someone here would very
likely be able to help.



ETA: is that column width thing for the webpage in your sig?
To get the "bone?" over to the text?
I guess that might be a case where it would apply. I usually have
my screen set to 800x600. The right end of the bone is directly
under the right end of the page title. Nice and neat. Just now
when I changed it briefly to 1024x768, the bone did indeed move
over to the right. I noticed the problem on my Earth and Moon
page, where the picture of the Earth and Moon at the bottom is
connected to the right margin, just like the bone.

I've got to update that home page, though, which is the reason
I started thinking about this now.

BTW, did you recognize the bone?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Jeff Root
2009-Feb-06, 05:38 PM
Fazor,

BLAM! You got me! I'm sure the neighbors heard me laughing.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Nick Theodorakis
2009-Feb-06, 05:47 PM
What would be a good forum or other place to get help with HTML,
CSS, and JavaScript?

I make my web pages from scratch, but only know the basic HTML
codes and a few CSS things. What I want at the moment is to limit
the column width of text. For example, if you open my web page in
your browser on your superwidescreen monitor, and maximize the
window, the text shouldn't be more than oh, say, 80 ems wide,
left-aligned with equal margins on left and right.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

To limit the width of a block, apply the CSS max-width property to the container you want to limit, e.g.:



div { max-width: 80em; }


Caveat: doesn't work with IE (up to V 7), but Firefox and Opera handle it.

To make the margins equal, see my page on centering block elements (http://theodorakis.net/blockcenter.html).

Nick

Jeff Root
2009-Feb-06, 05:48 PM
I must have used the right words in the right order for Google searches,
because the page that I originally put up just to show a diagram of the
Earth and Moon gets a lot of hits. 13,141 views in January.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Jeff Root
2009-Feb-06, 05:52 PM
Thanks, Nick. Doesn't work in IE up to version 7? I'm stuck way
back at IE 5.5, the highest version this computer can handle.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Nick Theodorakis
2009-Feb-06, 06:19 PM
Also, there are a couple of usenet groups that are still useful:

comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html
comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheets

I learned most of my CSS from this book (http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781565926226/).

Nick

Argos
2009-Feb-06, 06:32 PM
Jeff, here you go: http://www.w3schools.com