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On Sat, 17 Oct 1998, Sally Caves wrote:

> I don't have the problem some pages have where the whole thing loads
> within your screen and your browser at home but on some computers it's
> hanging off the right edge and you have to use the bottom lateral arrow
> keys.

The way to make this work is, don't define tables in absolute
measurements in pixels, instead use percentages. If you have to use
precise pixel widths, don't assume your user's window is any wider than
550 pixels (580 at the absolute ceiling). Images also should not be wider
than 580 pixels, max.

> One friend of mine had this problem using tables where one column
> was taken up by a paragraph of wrapped lines.  He can't seem to control
> how wide it is on different machines.

Yeah. Percentages (best) or pixel widths less than 581 (less best).

> I tried making a table of two columns where the left hand column is a
> paragraph of wrapped lines and the same thing happened to me.  It fit
> fine on my little screen at home, and everything was pushed to the right
> on the screen at school.

I'd have to see this to get a precise idea of your situation.

> > Redundancy and standards are your friends. Try specifying a color as well
> > as a background image (<td bgcolor="whatever"
> > background="images/ugly.gif">). Also, try out your pages on every version
> > of browser you can find for your platform,
>
> how do I do that?

"That" = what, specifically?

> I'm thankful that I have access to other computers, then.

Even if you can't try your designs on many differnet computers, sticking
to some rough guidelines (like those above) should help. Also, run your
markup through a standards-compliance verifier. You can find everything
you need at <www.w3.org>. They're the people who invented the Web, and
that site is all you need to do good Web work.

> Thanks for your suggestions.

Glad to help. :)

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