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  1. patrickcollects
    Member

    I've just discovered that when I visit my blog using IE, everything is distorted and misplaced. I always use Firefox though wich shows my blog ok. I tried with Opera and Google Chrome, and they're ok too.
    Many people use IE, including members of my family, and I don't want them to think I don't care about how my blog looks... and I don't want to loose visits as a result either.

    So, is there anything I can do to fix that?

    The blog I need help with is patrickcollects.wordpress.com.

  2. thesacredpath
    Staff

    First off, if it happens to be IE6, then that browser is no longer supported by microsoft, and is over 9 years old. They web has simply left it behind, and a fast growing number of websites are no longer even attempting to make their sites work with IE6.

    The thing is though, if a blog on wordpress.COM does not have any errors in the posts or pages, typically IE will display them correctly.

    A good number of links in your blog have curly quotes in the HTML instead of straight quotes, and this is a known way of causing IE to spill its beans all over your new leather upholstery.

    You need to take a look at the XHTML validation report and wherever it indicates anything to do with quote marks, you need to address that and replace the curly quotes with straight quotes. Also, make sure you do not have extra quote marks in the HTML. That too can make IE ill.

    http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fpatrickcollects.wordpress.com%2F&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=Inline&group=0

  3. patrickcollects
    Member

    I was using IE7.

    Thanks for your help!

  4. thesacredpath
    Staff

    Fix those curly quote issues and then see what things look like.

    Also just to keep issues from cropping up in pages or posts, go to settings > writing and click "WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically" and then click "save changes." WordPress will then automatically fix any code issues in future posts and pages.

    The curly quote issue usually crops up when someone is cutting and pasting from another program such as MS Word or a Rich Text editor. It can also happen sometimes when copying and pasting from the web.

  5. patrickcollects
    Member

    Oh, no wonder I have so many of those issues. I copy info from Wikipedia all the time.

    So, if I go to my dashboard once I've selected that option on my writing settings, and click EDIT on each of my posts, will WordPress correct all those XHTML , or do I have to do it manually following the errors found by that website you link to?

  6. thesacredpath
    Staff

    If you are pasting to posts, you will have to open up those posts in the editor, switch from the visual tab to the HTML tab and then back to the visual and then click the update button. I've never tried to see if it will automatically correct the quote mark issues or not, so you will just have to check and see.

    It would be a good idea to go back through your posts as you have time and do the above procedure so that any issues are corrected.

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