Sunday, November 19, 2006

"Wrong Operand Type" in Acrobat Reader

I'll readily admit, I didn't, and still don't, have any idea what that message means. Yes, I know it means a page in PDF form won't be displayed but I don't know what it MEANS, in the sense, it doesn't tell me what to do to fix it.

So I experimented and found out how to fix it.

Here's what you should do:

Go through the PDF file and note every page where you get that unhelpful error message.

Then go back to your source document (the document from which you created the PDF), delete the first page that's giving trouble in the PDF and re-create it from scratch.

Rinse, repeat. Do this for every page in the PDF that gives you trouble.

Publish to PDF again after you've re-created the troublesome pages.

Your PDF should work perfectly.

Hey, I never said I'd offer an explanation. I just said I'd show you how to do things.


Saturday, November 11, 2006

Google Sitemap

Josh asks me how to have a Google sitemap for his site, which is, unfortunately, a blog hosted by

I'll be blunt, Josh, you can't have a Google sitemap.

The reason is, a Google sitemap must be posted to the root directory of your site, a space you do not have access to because you, like me, are using a third party server to host your site. In other words, if you haven't paid a hosting service to have your own website and thus gain access to the root directory, you can't post a Google sitemap.

The root directory of a hosting service like is unavailable to you, as is the root directory of (also a service I use) .

The solution is to pay a hosting service so that you may have your own website (not a blogspot or freewebs or geocities or other free hosting service site) so that you can upload your Google sitemap to the root directory.