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First question I have is As far as web hosting services, who is better and why, yahoo or iPage? Many thanks for any comment. My 2nd question... I have two problems with transparent pixels and viewing some icons which is probably something outside oscommerce. Both have me completely baffled..

Firstly, When I access a page on localhost, the transparent pixels may show up as little borders with a white or coloured background depending on what colour they're being used over. When I do a refresh the problem goes away. A second refresh brings it back. This problem occurs on completey "out of the box" installs and the sequence is consistant..

The problem also happens when I surf the internet. For example, on the first page of the forums, I can see the envelopes but the new message icons are just little blank boxes. A refresh fixes that also..

Secondly, When I modify something and use the standard pixel separator code:.

<?php echo tep_draw_separator('pixel_trans.gif', '100%', '10'); ?>.

I get weird results depending on how and where the line is placed on the page..

For example, and this does sound rediculous:.

</table>.

<?php echo tep_draw_separator('pixel_black.gif', '100%', '10'); ?>.

<table width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" bgcolor="#000000">.

Gives me a 10 pixel high black bar with a 6 to 8 pixel white/coloured space above and below, whereas:.

</table>.

<?php echo tep_draw_separator('pixel_black.gif', '100%', '10'); ?>.

<table width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" bgcolor="#000000">.

Gives the desired result. The indentations can be tabs or spaces and the result is across several different editors..

Further down the page I'm using the same separator, but regardles of the setting (indents or not) I'm faced with the same white space problem..

In this case the problem code is:.

</table>.

<?php.

Echo tep_draw_separator('pixel_black.gif', '100%', '10');.

} // from an earlier if.

?>.

I've also tried entering the separators in the column_left.php file with the same result..

Any advice?..

Comments (68)

Good question... I dunno what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I got an anything. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could give you an answer..

Comment #1

Guys I'm really starting to get wild here. This bloody program won't let me edit my own posts even though it has an edit button there. I hit preview and the bloody message gets posted instead. I do an edit and it tells me some "FEATURE" has switched off my editing rights. Hope you can make sense of the second post. Just ignore the bit about the dashes..

John..

Comment #2

We are lost 2....

Let me guess?.

You are using the AOL browser that you installed from a floppy disk...

Comment #3

No, using IE6 wih all the latst updates as of yesterday...

Comment #4

OK.

Let me guess again?.

You have a 14.4k modem and you must be color blind so you cant see the big red X in the little blank boxes..

This post has been edited by.

User99999999.

: 07 May 2004, 09:22..

Comment #5

Who are you and why do you find my post so interesting? It's a serious question, a bit like yours about having products on the front page, but a lot harder to solve!..

Comment #6

I have two problems with transparent pixels and viewing some icons which is probably something outside oscommerce. Both have me completely baffled..

Firstly, When I access a page on localhost, the transparent pixels may show up as little borders with a white or coloured background depending on what colour they're being used over. When I do a refresh the problem goes away. A second refresh brings it back. This problem occurs on completey "out of the box" installs and the sequence is consistant..

The problem also happens when I surf the internet. For example, on the first page of the forums, I can see the envelopes but the new message icons are just little blank boxes. A refresh fixes that also..

Secondly, When I modify something and use the standard pixel separator code:.

<?php echo tep_draw_separator('pixel_trans.gif', '100%', '10'); ?>.

I get weird results depending on how and where the line is placed on the page..

For example, and this does sound rediculous:.

</table>.

<?php echo tep_draw_separator('pixel_black.gif', '100%', '10'); ?>.

<table width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" bgcolor="#000000">.

Gives me a 10 pixel high black bar with a 6 to 8 pixel white/coloured space above and below, whereas:.

</table>.

<?php echo tep_draw_separator('pixel_black.gif', '100%', '10'); ?>.

<table width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" bgcolor="#000000">.

Gives the desired result. The indentations can be tabs or spaces and the result is across several different editors..

Further down the page I'm using the same separator, but regardles of the setting (indents or not) I'm faced with the same white space problem..

In this case the problem code is:.

</table>.

<?php.

Echo tep_draw_separator('pixel_black.gif', '100%', '10');.

} // from an earlier if.

?>.

I've also tried entering the separators in the column_left.php file with the same result..

Any advice?..

Comment #7

Sorry about any confusion with the above post. The program stripped my leading spaces and when I tried to edit it I got kicked out of the os commerce iPage site completely. Rather than try again, here is the code with every indent replaced by a _ Not elegant but I don't want to be kicked out again. Nastrurally the _'s don't appear in the actual code. They just show where I've indented:.

       <table>  .

       <? echo tep_draw_separator('pixel_black.gif', '100%', '10'); ?>.

       <table width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" bgcolor="#000000">.

Gives me a 10 pixel high black bar with a 6 to 8 pixel white/coloured space above and below, whereas:.

      </table>.

       <?php echo tep_draw_separator('pixel_black.gif', '100%', '10'); ?>.

</table>.

Gives the desired result. The indentations can be tabs or spaces and the result is across several different editors..

Further down the page I'm using the same separator, but regardles of the setting (indents or not) I'm faced with the same white space problem..

In this case the problem code is:.

      </table>.

      <?php.

       echo tep_draw_separator('pixel_black.gif', '100%', '10');.

} // from an earlier if.

?>.

I've also tried entering the separators in the column_left.php file with the same result..

Any advice?.

This post has been edited by.

Johnk.

: 07 May 2004, 06:54..

Comment #8


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.