13 Replies Latest reply: Jun 22, 2009 3:29 PM by johndonaldson RSS

    Many floating boxes

    SkottieInOz Community Member

      Hi.  I am using GoLive 6.1 with OS10.5.7.  I am constructing website pages with multiple floating boxes (all working fine), but some aspects of their handling are driving me to drink!!  I can make the floating boxes visible by ticking the 'Visible' box in the inspector window.  This turns on the visible 'eyecon' in the Floating Boxes window, but the reverse doesn't work.  My problem is that if I close the web page and reopen, then none of the floating boxes are visible, and the 'visible' boxes are unchecked.  This is very annoying when you have up to 40 floating boxes!

       

      Is there a preference setting which will make the window appear as it was when it was closed?

       

      Alternatively, I can select all the floating boxes in the Floating Box window, but then there appears to be no way to make them all visible at once.

       

      I would be interested to hear how others have coped with this problem.  Thanks,

       

      Paul

        • 1. Re: Many floating boxes
          johndonaldson Community Member
          I can make the floating boxes visible by ticking the 'Visible' box in the inspector window.  This turns on the visible 'eyecon' in the Floating Boxes window, but the reverse doesn't work.

           

          It wouldn't. The Visible checkbox in the Inspector and the "eye" column of the Floating Box palette (which is described as -- big clue here --  the "Temporary show/hide status" column in the online help) do different things. The checkbox in the Inspector changes the CSS which controls the initial state (visible or hidden) of the layer. This is permanent and affects both GoLive's document window and web browsers. The show/hide column in the palette, on the other hand, toggles the visibility of a layer while editing in GoLive and is temporary. It is useful when, for example, you need to edit a layer which will initially be hidden on a live page. You make it temporarily visible in the GoLive document window so you can edit it, but you don't want it to be visible when the page loads in a browser.

           

          Hope the clarifies things a bit.

           

          John

          • 2. Re: Many floating boxes
            SkottieInOz Community Member

            Thanks John.  I understood this, although I couldn't have explained it as well as you did!  But what about the main problem?!

            Cheers,  Paul

            • 3. Re: Many floating boxes
              johndonaldson Community Member

              I'm not sure that I understand what the main problem is, then.

               

              If you mean is there a way of maintaining the temporary shown/hidden status for floating boxes between closing and re-opening a page, then I am not aware of any means to do that.

               

              John

              • 4. Re: Many floating boxes
                SkottieInOz Community Member

                Thank you for persisting with this correspondence John!

                 

                No, I'm not worried with preserving the temporary visibility of the floating boxes.  What I'm finding is that the supposedly permanent visibility (as shown by the 'Visible' box in the Inspector palette) is not being preserved when I close a page and then reopen it.  The boxes are initially all visible and marked so in the Inspector palette; when reopened in GoLive they have all vanished.

                 

                I must say that on saving and closing the pages do upload correctly when put online.  My problem is that I often have to do some more editing at this late stage, so on opening the GoLive page I am forced to tick the 'Visible' box for each floating box.

                 

                All the best,

                Paul

                • 5. Re: Many floating boxes
                  johndonaldson Community Member
                  What I'm finding is that the supposedly permanent visibility (as shown by the 'Visible' box in the Inspector palette) is not being preserved when I close a page and then reopen it.  The boxes are initially all visible and marked so in the Inspector palette; when reopened in GoLive they have all vanished.

                   

                  Ah. Sorry for being so dense. I'm not seeing the same from GoLive 6.0.1 on MacOS X 10.4.11. It might be an idea to find out if this affects any page in any site, or is only occurring on the site you are currently working on. Can you reproduce this with a new blank page in a new site -- as a control to try to determine the scope of the problem?

                   

                  John

                  • 6. Re: Many floating boxes
                    SkottieInOz Community Member

                    Ah ... interesting suggestion, John.  I created a new test site with floating box checked visible in the Inspector palette, saved it, reopened is and ... voilà! there it was.

                     

                    So the problem seems to be site specific.

                     

                    I created a new site based on the original site (with the problem) using the original files.  The visibility problem still persists.

                     

                    Out of interest, the site concerned is   http://paulscott.info/match-stick-problems/   (under construction).

                     

                    Cheers,

                     

                    Paul

                    • 7. Re: Many floating boxes
                      SkottieInOz Community Member

                      Hi John.  Progress, but no solution.  I added a new  blank page to the site, and added a floating box.  Visibility worked fine: a visible box remained visible when the page was saved and reopened.

                       

                      Next I attached the CSS style sheet.  Old problem immediately recurred.

                       

                      I notice that for the floating layer, the visibility setting is 'visible' (whether or not the floating box is visible!).

                       

                      For the <div> entry, the visibility setting is 'inherited'.

                       

                      Getting closer, but no solution yet!  Cheers,

                       

                      Paul

                      • 8. Re: Many floating boxes
                        johndonaldson Community Member
                        Next I attached the CSS style sheet.  Old problem immediately recurred.

                         

                        OK. So the most likely problem is a more specific rule in the stylesheet which wins out over the rule written into the page through GoLive. I'll take a look.

                         

                        John

                        • 9. Re: Many floating boxes
                          johndonaldson Community Member

                          Can you point me to a specific page on your uploaded site which displays the problem in GoLive 6?

                           

                          Cheers,

                           

                          John

                          • 10. Re: Many floating boxes
                            SkottieInOz Community Member

                            I'm glad you're still with me John!  Any of the pages containing match-sticks. For example, A1.tic-tac-toe.html.

                             

                            Cheers,

                            Paul

                            • 11. Re: Many floating boxes
                              johndonaldson Community Member
                              For the <div> entry, the visibility setting is 'inherited'.

                               

                              This seems to be the problem for GoLive 6. I checked the page in GoLive CS2 as well, and there it doesn't cause the same behaviour. If you remove the visibility:inherit declaration from that rule, it seems that GoLive 6 behaves as expected. I guess it has to be put down to a bug in CSS handling in GoLive 6 given that it doesn't happen in GoLive CS2. I don't see any nesting of divs which would make use of that particular declaration, or any obvious side-effects when it is removed, so it may be surplus to requirements and you can solve your problem by removing it?

                               

                              John

                              • 12. Re: Many floating boxes
                                SkottieInOz Community Member

                                Many thanks for all your help on this John.

                                 

                                I have replaced the 'inherited' command with 'unchanged'.  This has the effect in GoLive of making all the floating boxes visible, instead of all invisible!  It is not exactly the required outcome, but it is a great improvement if I only have two adjust two floating boxes rather than 40!!

                                 

                                It looks like it might be a GoLive bug as you say, but one that I can now easily live with.

                                 

                                I do a lot of work with GoLive web sites, and I find it really helpful knowing that I can come to this forum and get answers to (usually) hard questions. My sincere thanks for your helpful contributions, and the contributions of others.

                                 

                                All the best,

                                Paul

                                • 13. Re: Many floating boxes
                                  johndonaldson Community Member

                                  Hi Paul,

                                   

                                  It looks like it might be a GoLive bug as you say, but one that I can now easily live with.

                                   

                                  CSS handling improved immensely between GoLive 6 and GoLive CS2. If you use a lot of CSS and unless you use the dynamic content features of GoLive 6 extensively, then looking around for a second-hand copy of GL CS2 might be worth your while -- even if you do use dynamic content with GoLive 6, I know a lot of folks who used/still use the two versions side by side.

                                   

                                  John