Hi - i’m a network admin for http://rottelocali.ning.com/ and I know virtually nothing about website construction (our creator knows even less than me!)
I am trying to create a two column table to place inside the default text boxes on my (non-home) pages.
I don’t know HTML - I’m using a free table generator. When I generate the html on the website generator the preview of the table I see is what I want but when I paste it in the HTML editor mode in the text box on the page, then click on update page, the HTML code changes and it doesn’t give me what I want!!!!
I’ve got the right column widths but I can’t see the borders!
here’s what I paste
<table cellspacing=“0” cellpadding=“3” width=“1000” style=“background-color: #fcf6ef;” border-color: =“#69615A;” border=“1”><tbody><tr><td width=“250”>column1</td><td width=“750”>column2</td></tr></tbody></table><p style=“font-family: verdana,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 10px;”><a target=“_top”
and here’s what I see in the HTML editor after clicking update page
<table border="“1"" width="1000" cellpadding="“3"" cellspacing="“0""><tbody><tr><td width="250">column1</td><td width="750">column2</td></tr></tbody></table><p><a href="http://www.quackit.com/html/html_table_tutorial.cfm" target=“_top”>
it changes the order of the code, it removes the colour codes, it adds " etc.
I am going off my head here!
All I want to do is create a two column text box - I’ve been tearing my hair out for the last two hours - can anyone help me?
Trying it here, just to see what happens...(but just the table part, up to the</table> tag.)
Yeah it takes out the border and the background color.
The only thing I can think of is to give the table an id and then style it in Appearance | Advanced
<table id="my_table" cellpadding="“3”" cellspacing="“0”" width="“1000”">
But it does seem to be a bug in the editor. There are a few bugs that have been reported. Ning is working on them, from what I hear!
thanks for the quick reply
will trying again now but i did switch to HTML and there were no <p>tags (did this at least 10 times before opening a discussion here - tweaking it and repasting etc)
ok, here goes...
no go - I copied and pasted exactly what’s in your reply - in HTML mode
after clicking on page update this is what I see in visual mode
on a white background - though there’s no background colour code in there so that’s ok (here’s the link to the page)
and this is the HTML code I see...
<table width="“1000”" cellspacing="“0”" cellpadding="“3”" border="“1”" border-color:="“#69615A;”">
all the code seems to be there but the order is different and it still isn’t giving me the border or the column width
I have noticed that sometimes when I make changes to the pages I don’t see them immediately - there’s a time lag of anything up to 24 hours and I have no idea why. could this be something to do with it?
I think I was editing my reply while you were entering yours! I ended up getting the same result once I saved my reply.
Yeah, seems to be a problem with tables in the new editor. I tried it here too, same thing:
There once was a famous Ning cache error but i thought it was fixed, so things shouldn't take that long to show differently. There is something in here somewhere though about how to reset the Ning cache, if I remember correctly. I think its something on your Manage page...but I can't remember.
Ning will probably fix the editor problems soon. People are talking about the editor here too:
Maybe try giving the table an id attribute then style it, might work as a temporary fix.
Thanks TJ - I really appreciate your trying. Thought it was just me who was clueless. I have no idea what you mean by giving it an id attribute and I know as much about styling as I do about HTML.
I really have no knowledge whatsoever about any of this stuff - thought I could wing it but I reckon, at least for the moment, I’ll go back to doing the basic stuff that ning lets you do when you’re a dummy like me. I need to get the content on our site - even if it’s not as pretty as I’d like it to be.
I can get the colors but not the borders...
A blog post on my site strips out the bordercolor and the bgcolor tags completely. Shows when I flip to "visual" mode - but as soon as I publish the blog post - it goes back to white background with no border.
hi Tyler, thanks for your interest...sorry it took so long to get back to you but from when you replied i guess you’re not in europe and i was asleep!
one of my trys gave me colours and no borders, once switching from html to visual i got everything i wanted - borders and background colour but wrong column widths (they need to be one narrow, one wide) - but when i updated the page it gave me the two words side by side on a white background! if i’ve got time i’ll try again this evening with your code and see what happens
doesn’t this drive you nuts sometimes? we chose ning because we don’t have the money to pay someone to build a website and we’re fairly happy but sometimes think i should have been spending my time learning how to do it myself rather than throwing it away on ning bugs!
have a nice day