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CSS margins and Dreamweaver
Not displaying properly in DW, fine in browser

 7:57 am on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I am trying to move over to CSS layout without losing the ease of use of Dreamweaver.

There is a problem when using a CSS style to control margins. Dreamweaver's WYS positions the text way out of line with the WYG.

Assuming that this is not just a quirk of my setup, does anyone know any 'work arounds'?

Otherwise I might have to switch to Adobe GoLive (bleagh.. new tool to learn)

I know I should be doing all of this in an HTML editor, but I am lazy and logical discussion about the merits of HTML coding usually convinces my logic circuits but can't get past the firewall set up by my laziness circuits:)

[edit] - just looked at GoLive - its worse - help![/edit]



 9:12 am on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have been using Dreamweaver with CSS for about 2 years now and often use margins, everything seems the same in WYS and WYG.

Maybe check your DW prefs?


 9:31 am on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks Knighty - are you specifying page margins or margins within the css?

When I use "margin-left:120px" in my style sheet, Dreamweaver is positioning the text at 90pixels from the left, not 120

Previewing in the browser shows correctly.

If I set page margins to 120px it works correctly.


 9:57 am on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Well i just positioned it "margin-left:120px" (margins within CSS) and its spot on.

At least thats what the ruler in DW is telling me.


 1:40 pm on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

hmmmm.... this is getting confusing.

I am using:

.margintest { font: 12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #CC0000; margin-left: 120px}

When I apply that style to a <span> or <p> tag, it is positioned 90px from the left on DW's Ruler. It scales it to 3/4 of what it should (ie 320px goes to 240 px etc)

If I specify the page margin (in Page Properties) to be 120px it shows 120px

If I create a layer and specify 120px wide, that shows correctly too.

None of these errors show when the site is previewed, but it makes it bl@*dy hard to lay out the page.

Is there something obvious that I have missed?


 2:39 pm on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Though i am a big fan of dreamweaver the wysiwyg, some times mis-reports code, i have to assume that you have looked at it in a browser !


 3:06 pm on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Its fine in the browser, and in some other 'lesser' wysiwyg software.

Guess I'm stuck with it - bah.


 3:20 pm on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Do the <p> or <span> tags you're attaching it to already have their own CSS styles applied? That could screw up how its displayed.


 3:34 pm on Mar 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I tried it out on a completely new page.

One line of text and only the one style specified.

I am using DW4 - (I assume you are using the same Knighty?)

I will try it out on a mates machine and see if it is the same on his.

[edit] just tried it on another machine with a virgin installation of DW4, same problem - looks like I am stuck with it[/edit]


 11:32 am on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

how bizzare..im using 4....maybe check on the macromedia site, usally bugs will have a fix.

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