Saturday, April 26, 2008

Eye Of The Beholder

While we were visiting with Chuck’s family in Washington state, the subject of my blog came up. I had e-mailed our family and friends back in November of 2006 when I started Pink Granite. But only a handful of them made and continue to make, regular visits (bless their loyal hearts!). Early in our stay, our brother-in-law said he had tried to find Pink Granite, but wasn’t sure he was in the right place. He brought us over to their new-to-them laptop and pulled up my blog. I did not recognize it! It looked awful. The entire page was a mostly white background, with badly spaced text. My two columns were visible, but looked as if they had been typed up and mimeographed. We showed them how dramatically different PG looks on our laptop. We all concluded that the difference might have something to do with our using different internet browsers. But the fact that their “new” laptop was previously owned, caused us all to think perhaps the settings were screwed up.

I didn’t think much more about it until yesterday’s audio adventure. When I learned that DancingMorganMouse couldn’t listen to the recording of my poem, I started researching what the problem was and how to fix it. I immediately began reading about tons of problems with embedding audio clips in Blogger. Many of them referenced the significant differences between browsers. So today I did some testing.

Back in 2006, the artist in me spent a long time choosing which Blogger template to use and then I tweaked the colors and layout until they were exactly what I wanted. When I work on my blog, using my Apple laptop and Safari, it is entirely WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). This first screen shot is what Pink Granite looks like using my Safari browser:

When I use the FireFox or Camino browsers (both part of the Mozilla family), Pink Granite looks very much the way I intended it to. But if I use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, this is what I see:

And even this image is much better than what I saw on my in-law’s laptop while out in greater Seattle!

So, my question is this: What do you see when you stop by Pink Granite???
Does it look like the first screen shot or the second or something else entirely?
And which browser are you using?
Thanks in advance for your help!


Jeff said...

It looks exactly the same on my PC using Firefox or IE, and it looks exactly the same on my Mac using Safari, and it looks exactly the same on my wife's PC using Firefox or IE.

Jeff said...

By the way, you can use a flash player and embed code to play mp3 audio files from a blogger post by using the instructions at this link:

I tested it out a while ago, and it works just fine.

Roo said...

Hey Lee

I use Flock all the time, occasionally Firefox, and I just think Explorer really needs to pull it's socks up and join the gang.

Your blog looks, reads, and sounds as brilliant as ever ;o) So no worries


purpleronnie said...

Strangely enough, I only use IE (I have never had any problems with it but then I have never used Firefox or any of the others so maybe I don't know what I'm missing. Using IE your blog is exactly as your first screen shows, which I guess is contrary to your research - sorry to throw a spanner in the works!

Pink Granite said...

Hey Jeff -
You're a doll for checking ALL those different combinations around your house!!!
I'm very happy that PG looks exactly as I want it to look, under all those circumstances.
Thank you!

Thanks also for your "how to embed an audio clip" link. I read it, but I don't believe I "control any server space" on my own. Everything I do is through this blog on Blogger.
I got the HTML code I used to post the audio clip from this Blogger Help Group:

- Lee

Hey Roo -
Thanks for the info!
And most especially thanks for the compliment!
I assume from your use of the word "sounds" that you were successful in listening to the audio file. That's good news!
- Lee

Hi Ronnie -
Not a spanner in the works at all!
I'm delighted that you see what I hope you will see when you visit Pink Granite!
Thanks for the info!
- Lee

dancingmorganmouse said...

I see the first version, using Internet Explorer (I think).

Pink Granite said...

That's good!
Thanks DMM!
- Lee