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To be honest if you have been doing this for 6+ years, as you said, I would expect more. You haven't included a valid Doctype, you have failed to provide the character encoding. None of your img tags have alt attributes, which are required and the div with class "inner10" could use some padding on the bottom.

 

Im not a fan on how you've used the colors either but that's just personal preference.

 

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To be honest if you have been doing this for 6+ years, as you said, I would expect more. You haven't included a valid Doctype, you have failed to provide the character encoding. None of your img tags have alt attributes, which are required and the div with class "inner10" could use some padding on the bottom.

 

Im not a fan on how you've used the colors either but that's just personal preference.

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1) For me the doctype is an obscurity- I used a text-spacing attribute for a special look for my font, which a transitional Doctype dis-renders

2) Declaring the encoding type is redundant if I'm not declaring the doctype. It's default for browsers nowadays

 

I appreciate your critique, but I have thought about the points you mentioned.  I understand the point of a doctype for validity purposes, but it is merely an abstraction for me, because personally, I like the spacing of the text.

 

But like I said, thanks, I appreciate your insight!

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Also when I said "6 years" I meant what I said- I'm only 18 years old and I started when I was 12. From the ages of around 12-16 I did little to nothing in the way of actually designing other people's websites, and I only started "michaelburtdesigns.com" in the last 2 months. I've had many inquiries, and a total of 5 clients (2 underway).

 

So I can understand that saying I've been doing this for 6 years looks bad, but it's really not.

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The news thing I actually do have to fix. It happens because the main panel and news panel are at fixed width values and aren't in a parent container of a fixed width value. When I get time to fix this I certainly will.

 

Speaking of restyling... I have been thinking about it for about a week now but I haven't really had the time to seriously making a go at doing it.  But I will post an update here if I do.

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I don't think you really understand the layout of my website, because the main content area panel has a different background than the news panel area.

 

You can't change the parent container width or the child width (what's the point, the child width is 100%?), because like I said, it would distort the images.

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To be honest, I would love to center all the content, but I can't right now because I would have to modify the banner (to center it too). And I lost the original gimp file for my banner, meaning I would have to do it all over.

 

And what to you mean by a color to the divs? The divs have images as their background. Sorry if I misunderstood your post, but I don't really understand what you mean by that.

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Actually in response to the last post that's exactly what I did! :) Just used the letter-spacing attribute (before I used text-spacing, which isn't actually valid, and I didn't know there was an alternative).

 

As for the text in the banner not being centered; I already discussed this, I lost the original .xcf (gimp) image file so I can't modify that image. I would have to create another banner from scratch.

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Letter-spacing isn't adversely affected by a doctype.  What a doctype does is ensure your site renders in standards mode.  Without a doctype, your site is rendered in quirks mode, which is bad as it essentially uses the old IE (<= 6) box model, which is, to be blunt, screwed up.  If anything made things look bad, it was that you designed without a doctype first, then tried to add one in after the fact.  What looked good in quirks mode naturally looked bad in standards mode.

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