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7:54 pm on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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hello, it's me the newb intern again. this time im reading a tutorial and apparently the author wasn't really big on spell check. as a result i'm not really understanding some of the important issues that he's trying to get across.

about 2/3 down u'll see this part:

"Why some people think floats are bad

Bad probably isn't the word they're looking, it's more like "frustrating." We can why when you try to manipulate the #content div. What's the #content div you ask? Well, purposefully, I've created a wrapping block which....."

this is the part that gets me lost. im wondering if one of the experts here can help me out to understand what the author is trying to tell me.

thanks in advance!

10:28 pm on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"Why some people think floats are bad

Bad probably isn't the word they're looking, it's more like "frustrating." We can why when you try to manipulate the #content div. What's the #content div you ask? Well, purposefully, I've created a wrapping block which....."

I believe the author meant:

"Why some people think floats are bad"

"Bad probably isn't the word they're looking for, it's more like frustrating. We can see why (floats are frustrating) when you try to manipulate the #content div. What's the #content div? Well, purposefully i've created a wrapping block..."

I don't know if you just wanted the sentence clarifying, or the concept explaining. Let me know if I can give you any more help.

10:58 pm on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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hmm... i was afraid i may get misunderstood.. i'll be more specific:

i meant that the entire lesson below that title is a little mis-spelled and half-english like.. =D

12:02 pm on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"We can why when you try.." seems perfectly understandable to me!
12:44 pm on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well, at first I was just going to suggest that if this tutorial is confusing you... why not find another one as there are zillions out there.

But then I decided to check out this 'convoluted' tutorial.

I must say that, in my opinion, this is one of the best beginner tutorials I've come across. I wish that I had come across it when I was a beginner. In fact, I've bookmarked it so that when I hire interns/beginners/etc I'll point them to this site to get a nice overview and introduction.

I'm going to also check back myself as I'd like to see what he/she has to say in the 'Coming Soon' sections.

Maybe it's just that when he gets to the float section things become a bit more 'difficult', as you really have to be able to visualize how the structure is being affected by the stylesheet. I would suggest you re-read a bunch of times and look at the source code that the css is being applied to. Hopefully the light bulb will come on after that.

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I'm really new to CSS myself but have a pretty strong understanding of html. I used this page to get myself some open source templates and then just made changes to the code to see how it effected the page. This might help you a little more than the tutorial your currently using

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5:14 pm on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Nice site Lifetime77. That site also might be useful when "I'm stuck on my new design and need some inspiration". Thanks for the reference.