font size, pages widget

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    On only one static page of my blog, the font size of the pages widget and the “leave a comment” text is much larger than it is on all of the other pages. This only occurs with Internet Explorer 7, which in the past I have found to not play well with WordPress. But this is a tad extreme and seems restricted to one page, which is unusual in my experience. I tried block-copying the HTML code (ctrl-A; ctrl-C; ctrl-V) into a new page, but it didn’t fix the problem. The page appears just fine when I use Firefox, Google Chrome, or Opera. So perhaps this is just one more IE7 weirdness. But I’m wondering if there is anything I can do besides advise folks not to use IE7. The bad page is this: A perfectly fine page, even in IE7, is this: I’m using the Vigilance theme, if that makes any difference.

    The blog I need help with is


    You have 20 HTML errors on that page mostly doing to missing ending span tags.

    Have you been copying and pasting from another program such as MS Word? If so, you are playing Russian Roulette and need to review this support document and follow the instructions on how to properly work with Word: . Copying and pasting directly from MS Word will mess things up every time.

    Go to settings > writing and select “WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically” and click “save changes.”

    Next open that post, make one minor change such as adding a space and then deleting it, and then click “update post. WordPress should automatically correct any HTML issues in the post and fix the issue.



    Thanks so much! I had no idea that HTML code on a page could affect the theme’s characteristics! In case anyone else runs into this, I think the problem arose not from using Word but from moving rather carelessly between the visual and the HTML editor windows. I cleaned up the code (although the great site you reference above tells me I still have one error–back to hunting!), checked the box you suggested, updated the page, and the fonts are now displaying in IE7 just right. I’ll now go clean up the code on all of the pages, just to be safe–good practice for me. Again, thanks for taking the time for a teaching moment for an amateur.


    If you leave the setting at settings > writing turned on, wordpress should automatically keep you out of trouble from now on. Errors in one place on a page can and will cascade down into other parts of the page markup and cause other errors and problems. I’ve straightened out several blogs that have shown over 100 errors and to get rid of all those I’ve only had to correct ten or fifteen errors.

    You are very welcome as always. Knowledge that is not shared is wasted.

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