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Post by CitroJim » 26 Dec 2009, 01:57

My new website is rubbish in IE8 as well :twisted:

Made a VERY interesting discovery. Opera is incredibly tolerant of poor CSS and HTML coding. IE8 and FirePox is not!

I'm learning a lot here :D
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Post by CitroJim » 26 Dec 2009, 12:02

Right, after a right royal battle with HTML coding I have a new website up.

If you're not very careful every browser renders it differently. Standards, my arse!

Tested OK in IE8, Opera and Google Chrome but not FirePox.

Grateful if it could be looked at and report back. Anyone use any really strange, obscure browsers?
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Post by lexi » 26 Dec 2009, 12:30

I always make a habit of donning overalls and working on a car or boat on Christmas Day.Life goes on.......I`m not for sitting in a chair or someone elses house wasting time ......that`s not the way of a Maniac :shock: :lol: I choose my own festivals..........21st Dec is best. 15mins a week now :lol: .
Good stuff on the achievement front Jim.....that does wonders mentally as well. The V6 info is magic. Sorting challenging and problematic cars is a buzz.................though expensive? If it`s got wheels or a skirt it`s gonna cost :wink:
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Post by Toby_HDi » 26 Dec 2009, 12:47

lexi wrote:....If it`s got wheels or a skirt it`s gonna cost :wink:


Ne'er a truer word spoken.... :roll:
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Post by Xaccers » 26 Dec 2009, 16:18

CitroJim wrote:Right, after a right royal battle with HTML coding I have a new website up.

If you're not very careful every browser renders it differently. Standards, my arse!

Tested OK in IE8, Opera and Google Chrome but not FirePox.

Grateful if it could be looked at and report back. Anyone use any really strange, obscure browsers?


looks good under opera mobile 10 on my phone jim :-)
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Post by Featch » 26 Dec 2009, 18:02

Working fine in Firefox now Jim.
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Post by CitroJim » 26 Dec 2009, 18:14

Featch wrote:Working fine in Firefox now Jim.


Brilliant :D Thanks Andy!

And it's even Ok on a mobile device Xac! I am surprised it comes up OK on a little screen :shock:

Now to write the Pug 206 cambelt job...
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Post by xantia_v6 » 26 Dec 2009, 20:46

Xac wrote:looks good under opera mobile 10 on my phone jim :-)

I just tried Opera Mobile 10.2, (the previous versions would not run properly on my E51)
This one seems to navigate OK. and Jims' new site looks fine, (as it does in the default Nokia browser), but trying to edit a FCF quote in Opera Mobile, it goes a bit berserk, and keeps duplicating the last line of the post, and if you try to delete a duplicate line, it adds 2 more :shock:
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Post by Xaccers » 27 Dec 2009, 00:18

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Xac wrote:looks good under opera mobile 10 on my phone jim :-)

I just tried Opera Mobile 10.2, (the previous versions would not run properly on my E51)
This one seems to navigate OK. and Jims' new site looks fine, (as it does in the default Nokia browser), but trying to edit a FCF quote in Opera Mobile, it goes a bit berserk, and keeps duplicating the last line of the post, and if you try to delete a duplicate line, it adds 2 more :shock:


Funny you should mention that, on my HTC Touch HD, if I use T9 it starts typing then jumps up to within the quoted text and overwrites some of it.
Not a huge problem as I normally type letter by letter using the excellent onscreen landscape keyboard.
The only other issue is when I select Done after typing my reply, to return to page scrolling mode, upon selecting submit, it returns to editing the text, and going through the process again (ie Done then submit) often results in the forum complaining about posting too soon before my last submission.
Oh and the screen doesn't auto rotate when I turn the phone to landscape unlike Opera 9. There are a few other sites which work with 9 and not 10 (such as the trainline.com) so although in many ways it's an improvement, it's still lacking in others.
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Post by CitroJim » 27 Dec 2009, 23:37

Xac wrote:often results in the forum complaining about posting too soon before my last submission.


That's the forum flood control coming in to play Xac. never used to happen on the old forum as it was never fast enough! I often hit it when I edit one of my own posts as soon as I spot an error in it.

I have the gravest of respect for all of you who use these handhelds for the forum. It's as much as I can do to send a text message, let alone read and post on a forum :twisted:

Today, I have completed my web work and now have workable homepages on both eastment.net and xantiav6.co.uk. I've also written and published a guide to changing the cambelt on a Pug 206 here.. The pages were written using my homepage as a template and it proved remarkably quick to do. It won't take long in future now to publish a new article :D At least the pages have not got to be created from scratch each time as was the case previously.

Grateful for any feedback on the 206 article and the ease (or otherwise) of following it and navigating around it.

I've also (finally) got avatars working properly on this forum so any member can now upload an avatar properly to the forum rather than having to host it off-site. next job will be to remove those now redundant "e-car Insurance" banners from the forum. They may have sponsored us once but no longer as far as I know.

I'm planning to upgrade this forum and the BXC to phpBB3 at some point in the future but before I do so, I want to get some experience with phpBB3, play with its appearance and to determine how proof it is against spammers and the like.

I made a quite surprising discovery today. I did a Google search for Xantia V6 articles (mainly to see if xantiav6.co.uk figured in the searches yet) and so far I've not found any forums specifically dedicated to the V6. I know I said I wouldn't but I have now created a small phpBB3-based forum up on xantiav6.co.uk to firstly correct that omission, to act as an ongoing test platform for phpBB3 and as a method to guide V6 owners toward the FCF who may not have been aware of the FCF and it's content. To that end I have tried to carefully construct the meta tags (read by search engines) to catch as many V6 searches as possible.

The forum is here and I'd be grateful if people would like to register, log in and post. I'm particularly interested to know how easy people find registering on the site as the CAPTCHA authentication is a bit tough. It's supposed to defeat spambots but it may defeat a few humans too I fear. Try it! Feedback will be valuable as it will help me tweak the CAPTCHA settings for use eventually on the BXC and FCF.

The Xantia V6 forum is going to be specifically V6 technical and nothing else. Any general Xantia questions will be referred straight to this forum; it's not a competitor, rather more a complement to the FCF.

That's it for sitting at my PC for a while. Back to the spanners as soon as possible now. Hopefully tomorrow will be good for outdoor work and then on Tuesday I'm back to work. Christmas has really flown by this year :D
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Post by vince » 28 Dec 2009, 00:38

Tried to log onto the v6 forum Jim but the confirmation code part is very hard to read (my eyes arent that bad) :lol:

I failed it 3 times so have given up for now :?
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Post by DickieG » 28 Dec 2009, 09:08

V6 forum registering worked for me :D
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Post by XantiaMan » 28 Dec 2009, 09:13

How about having just a Xantia forum with V6 and Activa sub forums? The old Activa forum no longer works and within a period of time, most would migrate there. I am basing this on the fact that 95% of stuff on this forum relates to Xantia only.
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Post by CitroJim » 28 Dec 2009, 10:10

Vince, sorry :oops: I'll tone the CAPTCHA down a bit and make it a tad easier to decode :)

Good to see you successfully registered Richard :D How may attempts and CAPTCHA refreshes did it take?

Oh dear! I've just looked at Activanet and it looks like the FCF has killed it practically dead :oops:

Because that forum exits Gareth, it would be wrong to establish another one. Anyone logging on to Activanet is made quite aware that most Activa owners can be found on the FCF.

Fact is, the FCF is, de facto, the home of Xantia owners and that fact is very much established and has been for many years. Search engines bring up the FCF very frequently in connection with Xantia issues.

Establishing a new general Xantia forum would be next to impossible. A few years back, when the FCF was nearly dead on its feet (before I became involved with sorting it out) a Xantia forum was created and ran for a while but as soon as the FCF was back in good order it died.

One reason behind the creation of the Xantia V6 forum, apart from the fact that one did not exist previously, is for a small investment in the future. As time goes on, the Xantia will become rarer and rarer, especially the V6 (and Activa) and the FCF will increasingly shift its focus to newer models. Whilst it is pretty much Xantia dominated now, give it a few years and it'll be dominated by C series posts; it has already happened - years back it was dominated by BX and XM stuff. Both models (along with GS, CX, DS and so on) now have their own very narrow and specialist forums. I've just created a narrow and specialist forum that can very slowly establish itself ready for the time when those cars are very rare indeed and the general FCF will not be very knowledgeable of them. It takes quite a while for the search engines to recognise them and for the web page meta tags to be properly crafted to get them high in the search engine rankings.

If an Activa forum did not exist then maybe I'd consider creating one but whilst Activanet still lives I won't. They were there first, they have the "territory" and it is well enough known.

In years to come a specialist Xantia forum (that covers all models) may be required but not now, the knowledge-base is there on the FCF and to create another Xantia forum right now risks diluting that and confusing people who search for what they need. To that end, I already point visitors to Xantia V6 very clearly in the direction of the FCF for general Xantia stuff; just as Activanet has done (unwittingly maybe) for Activa people.
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Post by XantiaMan » 28 Dec 2009, 10:39

http://forum.activanet.co.uk/

Every time i have tried the Activa forum in the past couple of months, its dead. The admin has no interest it in, and it had no new posts for weeks and weeks, because it has no 'heart', people use this forum because it has a friendly atmosphere unrivalled by any other forum on the internet. If this atmosphere was injected into a dedicated forum, it would work.

I dont think it would be wrong to establish a proper forum with real support on a real server, but thats just my opinion.

I established a forum for metro's, maestro's and montego's 5 years ago, whilst there was already a well established forum for Maestro's and to a lesser extent, Montego's.

It has over 3000 registered users and still gets used regularly. People said it wouldnt work, but i focused on the MG variants, restoration and improvements and it worked. You now have two forums that have their merits.


Don't rule it out completely, i think it would be a missed opportunity to have a dedicated Xantia forum, but at the end of the day, its up to the people that use a forum to decide.
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