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After carefully coding my pure CSS HTML template I want to be able to allow users to edit site pages using Macromedia Contribute. I've tested the template in IE/Win and firefox and it looks fine. It also displays fine when viewed first off in Contribute. However when the user goes to edit the page the page template they see in edit mode is completely messed up! Although this is not how it will look in a web browser it still needs to be in perfect alignment because the user (possibly with no CSS or technical knowledge) will want to know that the page looks the same and actually be able to see what they are editing and how it will look.

Therefore it's pretty important that I get it looking the same in the edit mode of Contribute but I have no idea how to achieve this.

Has anyone else had this problem with Contribute and/or can anyone suggest something to clear up the display in edit mode in Contribute?

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Display problems in Macromedia Contribute

I have no experience whatsoever of Contribute but if Dreamweaver is anything to go by, my gut reaction is that you're on a hiding to nothing. I think you'd be best off moving towards a fully featured CMS if you want non-technical types to have control of their pages. Sorry if that's not what you want to hear!

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So those who will be editing will indeed by the license to Contribute? You might look into a CMS that roytheboy mentioned. Most of them are opensource or free. If you are familiar with Dreamweaver, sometimes the layout in the WYSIWYG mode sometimes acts strangely to CSS and xhtml or div/container tags in particular. And sometimes it will correct it. They look offset and once in a browser appear normal. That is why I don't rely solely on design mode, however I like the split option.

The only way to achieve the exact sameness is by using exact table layout in pixels and I'm not sure you want to go down that road cuz It will limit you more.

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Display problems in Macromedia Contribute

well the longterm aim is to write an in-house CMS but because that requires a significant amount of time and resources and we need a solution now it was decided that Contribute would make a good make-shift solution to our CMS needs until the in-house jobby is ready.

I've found an article on the subject:

http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/contribute/articles/css_print.html

which quotes:

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The first thing you will notice is a slight deviation in the layout from the browser (rendering is not perfect) but it is pretty much what you see in the browser.

What seems strange though is that the page looks perfect in Contribute in view mode but as soon as you go to edit mode it makes some bizare layout shifts. You'd think that the rendering engine would handle both views the same? It's not quite as bad as the design view in Dreamweaver but it is a similar thing.

Thanks for the tips though

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Sorry to hear that you've committed yourself so deeply with Macromedia. I actually love this company for certain products, but they are kind of sloppy in the "accurate rendering" department and need to be bent over Eric Meyer's knee for a month or two. Then they'd finally get it.

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post a link to you page, you may get some advice on how to change it to improve contribute rendering without causing problems in browsers.