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Dreamweaver problem after changes
Layout not shown correctly

 7:07 am on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hope I can find some input about a problem that I'm having with a customer who is using Dreamweaver. I have made a few changes on his site, first of all replaced his lousy Javascript navigation with a search engine friendly one. Now he says his Dreamweaver shows the site totally messed up and he can't make changes anymore. I don't have Dreamweaver (only working directly in the html) and don't understand what's wrong. The site shows up fine on the server, in 4 different browsers, including Safari. What does he have to do in order to get in right with Dreamweaver, too?



 7:32 am on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

He needs to create a "New Site" in the file menu, he needs to download the files into the new site folder. There should never be a problem, DW simply works with HTML if there aren't proprietary templates or library items being used. Are there server side or PHP includes on the site that he's trying to edit?

IDEA: Unless you're on Linux, download a trial copy of DW and try to replicate the problem he's having.


 7:41 am on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have noticed that this can happen when using DW's wysiwyg editor. The DW editing page shows things out of alignment particularly where tables are involved (even though everything is OK on the live version).

Tell your client to try clicking the F5 key to refresh the layout when editing. This sometimes pulls things back into line.


 8:25 am on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks, very helpful answers - will try to suggest it to him. I have included the new navigation with a SSI - is this what could cause the problem?


 8:40 am on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

>>SSI - is this what could cause the problem?

no dw handles ssi's no problem assuming the site is set up correctly in the dreamweaver site properties


 9:12 am on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

What version of DW is he using? That can make a big difference.

I still use an older version, and pages with CSS positioning can't be laid out right within the program. And you can translate SSI onto the pages, but not PHP.

I've never yet had any problems with any tables layout though, no matter the origin of the original page.


 9:35 am on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

How do I set up SSI in the Site Properties? I'm testing this now...


 1:51 pm on Apr 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Got it. Just a matter of a few settings. Thanks for pointing me into the right direction!

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