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Strange Encounter – Homepage will not display properly

  • # April 9, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Hi there guys. I’ve been following CSS-Tricks for a while, and lurk the forums frequently, so I knew this was the best place to get some much needed help.

    This problem seemed to have come out of nowhere. I have been at this all afternoon, tried everything I can think of only to be left clueless. Here is the test page:

    http://www.adgrouponline.com/redesign/index_test.htm

    The homepage for whatever reason is not displaying correctly, completely disregarding the external CSS file that it is linked to. Every other page seems to be working just fine – for example: http://www.adgrouponline.com/redesign/about.htm. However, there was a part of the day when viewing the site on Firefox, the site in it’s entirety was not displaying properly.

    Just now I discovered in Safari only, when the URL excludes the www. and reads as http://adgrouponline.com/redesign/index_test.htm it works like gold. The page validates with no errors, I have cleared the cache in both browsers, and have even reset the router to see if there was an issue within. Nothing. I am completely stumped guys.

    Here’s the code:

    Code:
    < !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">















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    Any help would be really appreciated. Thank you!

    # April 9, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I’m looking at this now for you, but just FYI, the homepage is broken for me with or without the WWW.

    First question I would have for you is…did you double/triple/quadruple check the file paths. On the surface, I don’t see any reason for this at the moment.

    Beautiful redesign, btw.

    Edit – Also, I would just re-save another page that is working and then manually import the home page content section by section…that way you can see what part (if any) of the code is causing this.

    Edit 2 – Yeah, looking at it again, I can’t see why this would happen, except perhaps your javascript is somehow disabling the CSS file. I think if I were experiencing this, I would just re-build the page piece by piece to see which part is causing this to happen.

    # April 9, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Luminated,

    Hopefully you didn’t put too much time into trying to help me out on this one, as right after I made the post I did a bit more research of my own. I really appreciate the help AND the compliment!

    Turns out it was an encoding issue. Somehow while I was working in Coda, I accidentally converted the file to UTF-16 while at the same time declaring in the meta that the page was Unicode UTF-8, thus causing my problem.

    I will definitely look into familiarize myself with text encoding so I am not so clueless next time around.

    # April 9, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    No worries, I really didn’t spend much time at all, but at least I did learn something new about text encoding myself! :)

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