February 07, 2003
MT help

This is a plea for help for all out there who use Movable Type software (the software that I use to publish this blog, for those who don't know and are curious).

Am I the only person out there having problems with MT munging my blog on a regular basis? It seems that just about every time I add a new entry, I need to rebuild the site, or else risk having a portion of my site truncated. Most often, the entire sidebar disappears; sometimes, it is just a portion of the site near the bottom. I find it terribly frustrating to have to rebuild the site in order for what I have written to appear the way I intend. And yes, I have to rebuild the ENTIRE site; partial rebuilds don't seem to work.

posted on February 07, 2003 09:41 PM


Have you posted this on MT's support site? If you haven't, you should. Lots of experts there, including the Trotts who participate actively.



posted by acdouglas on February 7, 2003 11:25 PM

I don't know if we're having the same problem, but loading my site in IE cuts off 90% of the front page content on my blog. Maximizing the page kinda "resets" everything back to normal.

If you wouldn't mind, could you take a look at my blog and see if we're suffering from the same thing? I haven't attempted to see if rebuilding makes a difference...I did a full rebuild last night (unrelated template changes) and it didn't solve the problem.

posted by Charles Hueter on February 8, 2003 12:55 AM


Your problem is easy to fix.

You need to add as the VERY FIRST LINE in your index template(s) the following piece of code:

[?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?]

Where I've shown square brackets [], you use the standard HTML angle brackets > (I had to use square brackets here so that the editor wouldn't take it as code).

Internet Explorer looks for that line in any XHTML-coded page. If it doesn't see it, it gets confused.


posted by acdouglas on February 8, 2003 03:00 AM


Thanks for the heads-up. I have posted my question on the MT fora; hopefully someone can help me.

posted by Timekeeper on February 8, 2003 11:01 AM

The people on the support forum have saved my life more than once.

Another fix you might want to try is adding the line

[div style="clear:both;"][/div]

to the bottom of your main index, just above the [/html] tag.

That fixes the problem of having the bottom of your page disappear upoin loading.

posted by Sean Kirby on February 8, 2003 09:03 PM

Thanks ACD. I'll give that a shot.

posted by Charles Hueter on February 9, 2003 10:39 PM


Thanks! I'm not sure what the code you suggested did, but it seems to improve the stability of the site. I've noted the info in the thread at the MT support site, so if anyone else has this problem, a solution will be posted.

posted by timekeeper on February 10, 2003 05:04 PM

What version are you running? I had mondo problems with 2.51 that went away the moment I went back to 2.5.

posted by Dodd on February 10, 2003 10:01 PM

I don't understand it either, but it fixed my stability problems, as well as Doc Weevils. It's just magic, let's leave it at that.

posted by Sean Kirby on February 11, 2003 11:53 PM

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