How Does This Theme Work For Everyone?

Please scroll down through the main page to see if the graphs work for you, and let me know.

About Bob Tisdale

Research interest: the long-term aftereffects of El Niño and La Nina events on global sea surface temperature and ocean heat content. Author of the ebook Who Turned on the Heat? and regular contributor at WattsUpWithThat.
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18 Responses to How Does This Theme Work For Everyone?

  1. Morley Sutter says:

    All the graphs on the site display OK including the animation of the ARGO-era. Is this the sort of information you asked for?

  2. Bob Tisdale says:

    Thanks, Morley. That’s what I was looking for.

    I had received a number of complaints about the color of the background, the size of the graphs, and that the graphs were being cut off on the right with some browsers.

  3. stephen richards says:

    Bob several of the graphs have not appeared for me. Could well be my machine, though. The animations are working fine.

  4. Bob Tisdale says:

    Thanks, Stephen. It’s probably (hopefully) the time required to open the gif animations that’s holding up the other graphs. They’d likely appear when you refreshed. Just as long as the graphs are readable and are not being cut off.

  5. Heber Rizzo says:

    Graphs working fine, at least for me.

  6. Howard Goodall says:

    Everything looks fine to me, Bob.
    Running Windows 7 and IE9.

  7. Bob Koss says:

    Looks good for graphics and readability.
    Minor distraction with the images above/behind the black menu bar displayed at the top of each page. The bottom half of those aren’t visible. Maybe some height adjustment can be made. If not, maybe an image that isn’t trying to convey specific information. Such as waves on the ocean.

  8. Pascvaks says:

    Theme “Twenty Ten” works great. Graphs full, no trimming as with last theme. Mercy buckets, as the French say.

    PS: Home page too long, more than needed, esp. with graphics, but your call; suggest cutting graphics or using mini-graph hot links on Home page for all but latest article, just using article title would be fine too (to me;-).

  9. bob sykes says:

    The graphs display fine on Firefox on a Mac.

    However, they are somewhat cluttered. Specifically, unless a graph is designed as a look-up table, the minor grids should be eliminated. See, Tufte’s “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information.” He gives many excellent examples of good and bad graphs and explains why they are good or bad.

    Every engineer and scientist should own and read Tufte’s book.

  10. Don B says:

    Works for me.

  11. Bob Koss says:

    The ocean waves look good.

    Unfortunately now another problem has cropped up. It seems those original graphics that are now replaced by the ocean image have been reduced in size and multiple copies of them are being generated behind the displayed page. Portions of them show near the top, bottom, and sides all the way down the web page.

    Here is a screen shot of the problem.

  12. Sean Peake says:

    Looks like you’ve generated wallpaper. A coding issue?

  13. Bob Koss says:

    Wow! That fix didn’t take long.

    Looks great in my browser.

  14. BBD says:


    All works fine. Graphs sized correctly for width; animations animating as they should.

    I prefer the black on white background for text too. Much more readable. An improvement, and still nice and simple.

    Windows Vista and Firefox 4.

  15. Bob Tisdale says:

    Many thanks to all who took the time to scroll down through the main page and to check if the graphs and other graphics worked with their browsers. So far so good.

    I also like the format of this theme better that the first one.

    Pascvaks, there’s nothing I can do, as far as I know, about the present length of the main page. As you’ll note, the first of the major posts I posted here introduces the post with a few lines and then provides a link to “Continue Reading”. Unfortunately, that feature does not appear on the posts that WordPress imported from my blogspot. As I add new posts, the length of the main page should decrease–I hope.

    bob sykes, I’ll include a post soon asking whether the readers here would prefer the graphs with or without the minor gridlines. Personally, I prefer the minor gridlines. They help me zero in on start and stop years when I’m writing the posts.

    Bob Koss, I agree the map/graph did not work as a header image. After your suggestion of ocean waves, I immediately knew what personal photo I could use. I cropped the old guy in the kayak (me) from it.

    Again, thanks to all who commented here and to those who, in the earlier threads, suggested I change the theme.

  16. John Wheelahan says:

    Prefer white or off white background. The “Archive” column on the right pushes the main display to the left half of the screen and makes graphs relatively smaller. Could the Archive be put at the bottom?

  17. Bob Tisdale says:

    John Wheelahan: I’m not sure I can make the column width and background color adjustments you’re discussing, but I’ll continue to look.

    Pascvaks: As you may have noticed, I found the “Continue Reading” option and have shortened the main page.

  18. Stephen Brown says:

    I’m using Firefox 4, everything looks really good. All of the graphs and the animations come through perfectly.
    There’s sufficient ‘white space’ to make the pages look ‘clean’. Text size and font is very clear. The opening page, with its synopsis paragraphs and the ‘continue reading’ format is very good.
    I think that you’ve hit on a winning format!

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