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Problem: Left column navigation drops below right content

Solution: There are two possible causes for this problem.

The first is that a table of more than 515 pixels wide was used to lay out the content and was then left justified. You should not left justify a table. It is the default setting. Only center or right justify a table in the web manager. To fix the problem just change the tables justification to not set.

The other cause is that there is either a table or picture that is to wide. If you use the right column section of the web manager, you should not have any pictures larger than 350 pixels wide. If you are not using the right column your pictures should be no larger than 575 pixels. Also take into consideration the total widths together. If you use two pictures 350 pixels each side by side in a table, this will equal to more than 575 pixels wide and will cause the same drop of the left column.

Note: You may not see this in the FireFox web browser. This tends to affect only the Internet Explorer browser. It is best if you have both browsers installed on your computer so you can check your web pages in both browsers. (For MAC users: these tips are good for you also even if you don't see the results that show on a PC as many viewers will be on PCs.)

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Problem: Adding video to your site.

Solution: The web template at present does not support video files directly through the template. To use videos, you will need to IFRAME the video in from an outside host site. Be sure to use a site without ads if at all possible. Below you will find the information on the IFRAME HTML.

< iframe src="YOUR URL HERE" title="TITLE OF THE VIDEO" bgcolor="000000" frameborder="0" height="XXX" scrolling="no" width="XXX">< /iframe>

The items in blue and italicized need to be changed to the properties of your video. Be sure to remove the spaces between < iframe and < /iframe or the IFRAME will not work.

Note: Be sure to position the video low enough on the page so your dropdown menu items will be visible. If the video is placed to high on the page, you may lose some of your menu behind the video.

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Problem: Flash links are not working
This information is from Adobe Tech Support

In Adobe Flash Player 9 update 3 (v9.0.115.0), calling getURL (or its ActionScript 3.0 equivalent, navigateToURL) does not work properly when the calling Flash Player movie (SWF) file is located in a different domain than its hosting HTML page. An exception to this issue is when the target name is "_blank" or the HTML parameter AllowScriptAccess is set to "always."

This issue may prevent some SWF files from changing a user's web browser location. It may also interfere with attempts by the SWF file to execute JavaScript style URLs within the context of the hosting page or other frames within that page.

Reason:

In some situations, authors of HTML pages may decide to embed SWF files that they do not trust in their HTML pages. For example, an HTML author may not want a SWF file that is under another party's control to manipulate their HTML page, execute arbitrary JavaScript within it, or extract data from it. This issue may occur when an HTML page includes Flash content from an advertiser, or when an HTML discussion forum permits users to embed Flash artwork in their posts.

With Adobe Flash Player 9 and later, getURL (or navigateToURL) calls affecting "_self," "_parent," or "_top" were considered an interaction with the hosting HTML page. With the Flash Player 9 update 3 (v9.0.115.0) and later, all calls to targets other than "_blank" are affected. This change prevents untrusted SWF files embedded in the HTML page from renavigating a browser page (or a frame within that page) without warning users that they are now visiting a third-party website. This change also enforces cross-domain scripting restrictions across all HTML frames.

To protect HTML pages from untrusted SWF files, Flash Player supports the HTML parameter AllowScriptAccess in the and tags that display Flash content. AllowScriptAccess can have three values:

* "always": permits the SWF file to interact with the HTML page in all cases.
* "sameDomain": permits the SWF file to interact with the HTML page only when both of their domains match exactly. By default, the HTML publish templates in the Adobe Flash authoring application output HTML that specifies AllowScriptAccess="sameDomain" because this is frequently the desired security behavior.
* "never": completely prevents the SWF file from interacting with the HTML page.

Calling getURL (or navigateToURL ) now falls under the control of the AllowScriptAccess parameter. In other words, AllowScriptAccess must either be "always" or "sameDomain," and the domains of the HTML page and SWF file must match exactly. Otherwise, the call to getURL (or navigateToURL) will fail.

This behavior is new to Flash Player 9 (and enhanced in Flash Player 9 Update 3 v9.0.115.0) to comply with the security model, and it affects all SWF file versions. Adobe is aware that this may change the behavior of some SWF file media deployed before the release of Flash Player 9, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Solution: The easiest fix is to specify AllowScriptAccess="always" in the HTML page, as in this example:

< object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase=" http://fpdownload.adobe.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=8,0,0,0" width="xxx" height="xxx" align="middle">

< param name="YOUR MOVIE" value="http://www.YOUR_SWF.swf">

< param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always">

< embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer" width="XXX" height="XXX" align="middle" src="http://otherdomain.com/exampleContent.swf" allowScriptAccess="always">

< /embed>

< /object>

The items in blue and italicized need to be changed to the properties of your flash.

Note: Be sure to remove the space after each < tag.

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Problem: Menu drops down behind flash

Solution: Add the following wmode="transparent" code to your flash html:

< object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://fpdownload.adobe.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=8,0,0,0" width="XXX" height="XXX" align="middle">

< param name="YOUR MOVIE" value="http://www.YOUR_SWF.swf">

< param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always">

< param name="wmode" value="transparent" />

< embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer" width="XXX" height="XXX" align="middle" src="http://otherdomain.com/exampleContent.swf" allowScriptAccess="always" wmode="transparent">

< /embed>

< /object>

The items in blue and italicized need to be changed to the properties of your flash.

Note: Be sure to remove the spaces after each < tag.

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