Just a quickie here. I’ve discovered today that in some browsers, this blog’s main page isn’t displaying the sidebar correctly. The search box, categories, tags, blogrool, etc. should be immediately to the right of the main content area… but in Safari and Opera, they’re instead rolling down to the very bottom of the page, underneath the content.

I haven’t been able to check it in Internet Explorer (I use a Mac). And it only seems to be happening on the home page, not when specific individual posts are loaded. Moreover, everything remains just fine in Firefox. I’ve tried to do some troubleshooting, but so far I haven’t been able to narrow it down.

So if you’re a reader and you don’t see the sidebar, please add a comment to this post and let me know what browser and system you’re using. If you’re a techie, feel free to pass along any suggestions that may be helpful. I put effort into getting this site to look the way I want it, and this kind of thing (while not disabling) is frustrating.

That’s all. On with your business!…

Edit:  FIXED.  See comment below.

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9 Responses to “Blog display issues?”
  1. michael says:

    Works properly now.

  2. Cool! Thanks for the feedback.

  3. Working as you designed it now on my Opera and Safari builds!

  4. Really? Darn. That’s puzzling, too: using Safari 3.2.1 (same version) in OS X 10.4.11 (my system), the sidebar’s on the side right where it belongs. I’d hoped the problem was kaput. (No, it’s not a hugely big deal, but still, I’d like it to display the way I intended.)

  5. michael says:

    Chris, I use Safari 3.2.1 in OS X 10.5.6, and the sidebar appears at the bottom. OTOH, it is on the side when I’m in the comments space. Then again, I never thought of it as a problem.

  6. phil from new york says:

    It’s OK in my IE7 now. Thaniks.

  7. Fixed it. It’s okay in Safari and Opera now, at least, and I hope the same is true in IE.

    After lots of trial-and-error troubleshooting with my Widgets (which occupy the sidebar), to no avail, a little fishing around in the WordPress.org support forums led me to conclude that the problem was almost certainly caused by some invalid XHTML. Although Firefox was able to parse it just fine, ironically the only way I was able to track down the error was by installing a W3C-based validator extension in Firefox, and using it to review the blog’s home page.

    It turned out to be an extraneous unclosed DIV tag in the April 7 post about DOD cuts — and not due to anything I’d actually put there, but rather to some hidden HTML code that came in with the text I copied from the Washington Post site! Since I ordinarily compose using WordPress’s WYSIWYG view, I’d never even looked at the raw code side of that post long enough to notice the unwanted (and invisible!) content. I snipped it out, and the actual post looked exactly the same, but suddenly the site loaded the way it was supposed to again.

    And that, I’m sure, is far more detail than anyone really wanted about this. But FWIW, if you happen to notice any display anomalies in the future, please don’t hesitate to let me know!…

  8. phil from new york says:

    I’m using IE7 and I have the same problem.

  9. I’ll confirm the presentation issue on Safari 3.2.1 and Opera 9.63 on my MacBook Pro. OS X.5.6.

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