Question for users of this blog

Quaeritur:  Are any of you making use of the "Recent Comments" links I put on the left side bar?

Also, I have discovered the blog looks different when using MS IE as compared to Firefox (which is the browser I usually use).  Anyone having problems?   (If you have a problem, you might propose a solution too, if you are savvy).

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  1. Father: I have used the recent posts links. It’s a nice feature because if
    I’m intrigued by a comment I click on it and jump right to its location in
    the post it’s in.

    I use IE and that’s been fine.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Are any of you making use of the “Recent Comments” links I put on the left side bar?
    Absolutely. It makes it much easier to spot interesting discussions.

    I use Firefox too, and the site looks fine.

  3. Aquinas says:

    No, I’m not using those links.

  4. David says:

    Whilst I don’t actually click on the links it does help me get an overview of the comments for a particular post. So, on the whole, very helpful!

  5. Adam van der Meer says:

    I use IE on two different computers. One computer has a very wide screen at high resolution, and everything usually looks fine. The other has a normal-size screen at 1024×768 (probably the most common screen resolution still), and some things do not appear correctly.

    For instance, sometimes the photos that you post run off the edge of the page, because they are too large.

    Also, the “leave a comment” box is much too wide. The last few words of each line, before it wraps around to the next line, are not visible. Sometimes if I’m leaving a comment in which I am trying to sound intelligent, I have to type it out in Word first so that I can verify that I did not make any typos, since I can’t see all the words I type into the box.

    There are a couple of ways that you could fix this problem. Right now the number of columns for the comment box is set to “100%”. You might change it to a lower percentage, like 80%, or you might set it at a fixed number, for example, 100 columns (that is an arbitrary number; you’d have to test it out).

    It all depends also on the screen ratio of your monitor. If you have a traditional 4:3 monitor, then you can simply set your resolution to 1024×768, start up Internet Explorer, and then you should see how it looks to everyone using those settings (which, again, I think are still the most common). If you have one of the new monitors that is wider to accomodate gaming and DVD watching, then perhaps you could use a friend’s computer to see how it looks on the standard settings.

    Hopefully this helps a little. I do a little web work myself and am continually frustrated by the lack of concordance between Internet Explorer and Firefox (not to mention some of the Linux browsers). In the end, the problems usually seem to be with Internet Explorer. Thanks, Bill Gates!

  6. Geoffrey says:

    I use Internet Explorer with no problems. I like the links on the side, but have never clicked on them. The only problem I have is the comment box cutting off on the side of the screen; I can’t see everything I type… unless I am creative.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Ray from MN says:

    I agree with Adam vanden Meer’s comments. I use

    In addition, rather than wide photos running off
    the edge of the page, I find them dropping below
    the last line in the sidebar, leaving many inches
    of white space.

    (I miss the image of you at the Consecration at
    a Tridentine Mass).

    It would be nice to have a few more lines of the
    comments in the sidebar. Some commenters
    are slow to get to the point.

    I don’t know how many days’ posts you keep on the
    homepage, but occasionally when you post lots of
    photos, some are slow loading for those of us with
    older computers. But that’s more my problem than

  8. Andrew says:

    The Blog is fine. It’s a great place to get inspired, informed, challenged, consoled, carried away, feel connected and above all:

    to appreciate the efforts of one fine Catholic priest who is on the side of all that is true, honest, good – how does it go? – quaecumque sunt vera, quaecumque pudica, quaecumque justa, quaecumque sancta, quaecumque amabilia, quaecumque bonae famae, si qua virtus, si qua laus …

    Gratias tibi Pater this day of Gratiarum Actionis while the turkey, the gallus Indicus is roasting in the oven (in furno torret) it is most opportune to say:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you from this side of the Atlantic.

  9. Catholic Lady says:

    Well truthfully I had not noticed it until you brought it to our attention. I’ll probably utilize it now that I am aware of it.

  10. Jim McM says:

    On the Macintosh using OSX 10.4 and Apple’s Safari browser: all is well.
    Since I check several times daily, I seldom resort to the left side columns, though I tried it out with your question and it worked as predicted.

  11. I really don’t use the recent comments feature since the comments don’t make much sense outside of the context of the post they are from.

    The only real problem I have viewing your site is when I am typing comments. The text box for the comments will run off the side of the page, and I can’t see what I am typing for several words, and I can’t scroll over. Occasionally a large picture will cause there to be no text for the entirety of the blog where there is a sidebar. But that just means I have to scroll down to the bottom of the sidebar.

    Otherwise no real problems.

  12. Boko says:

    I do use the links. Helpful for knowing when an ongoing conversation has been advanced.

    I have had for months (and am having now) a problem with leaving a comment. The last two inches or so of what I’m typing (on the right side of the page/screen) don’t appear. Does anyone else have this problem?

  13. Father, I use IE and the comment boxes run off on the right, such that I can’t see part of what I write. I have to trust the touch-typing. Yikes.

    Also, sometimes there’s a blank area between the first part of the text of one of your entries and the rest of the entry. It’s ok, I just have to scroll down.

    I’m on my son’s Mac today and using Firefox and it looks nice.

  14. Al says:


    I’m no web design expert*, but I’ve also had problems with the comment boxes when using IE (though I normally use Firefox, as should any sane person!)

    There’s a Firefox extension which allows you to switch any Firefox tab to the IE page-engine so that it displays as if it were in IE – it’s called IETab – might that help? In fact there are many firefox extensions which are specifically designed to help website owners and developers.

    Sorry not to be more help – for an ‘amateur’ site, yours looks pretty professional to me!!


    *CSS layout in particular gives me the screaming heebie-jeebies, partially because it doesn’t seem to be documented properly anywhere online, and everyone seems to have their own way of doing it…

  15. Deacon Joe Prioli says:

    Father Z:

    Warm greetings!

    The image of you elevating the chalice is not showing on ie because
    of one malformed html comment.

    Search the page source for “topimage.jpg” and look at the comment that
    immediately precedes the tag. Get rid of the exclamation point in front
    of the right-angle-bracket, and the image will show in IE.

    BTW, I don’t use IE except when I have to (darn Windows updates!).
    I use Firefox and Opera by choice.

    Deacon Joe Prioli

  16. Guy Power says:


    I don’t use the new links because, as stated by an earlier poster, the comments do
    not make sense out of context.

    For the readers having problems with word wrap (or actually, non-wrap) the solution
    is simple … hit the carrage return key! :^D

    Oh ….. “carriage return” is the lever on a ! Sigh…… I guess I’ve just qualified as an “old geezer”. Anyway, hit “Return” when you no longer can read
    what you’re writing.


  17. Guy Power says:

    Dunno why “typewriter” was deleted and the following sentences were embolded.


    “Sometimes I just sits an’ thinks, and sometimes I just sits.”

  18. Thanks, folks. Your comments have already helped me fix a couple things in the IE view. I hope the bog is easier to use now.

  19. Diane says:

    Hey, I thought I was the only one with a comment box cutting off the side of the screen…..that is, until now.

    I have both Firefox and had IE 6 and it did this. However, for the first time it is not happening and I am now in IE 7. Is it this, or has something been fixed?

    I drop in often enough I don’t need to use the recent posts list. I perceived it was not being used on my blog, so periodically I make one post accumulating not only several recent posts since the last accumulative post, but I throw in a few from the archives. I’ve got one such post up right now.

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