Goodies to Go (tm)
February 17, 2003-- Newsletter #220
Goodies to Go (tm)
February 17, 2003--Newsletter #220
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Over the past few weeks I have
included a series of pieces in this newsletter that
were intended to help those who are at the very
beginnings of their web site development ventures.
These pieces have now been incorporated, together
with additional material, into a new section of the
web site entitled "The Non-Technical Introduction".
If you know somebody who would like to start a web
site but has no idea how to get going, point out
this new section. Without getting involved in the
technical nitty-gritty, the section provides
fundamental explanations, tips and tricks and
guidelines for success from concept to getting your
site right up to where the coding begins. In other
words, everything you need to know and do before you
start our first primer!
This new section should fill a hole that was in need of plugging, and along with our primers, tutorials and reference sections will hopefully provide a place for you to find all you need as you grow your website developer skills. The question now is: is there another hole that you see that needs to be filled? If you have a suggestion for another section to be added to the website, please send it in to the newsletter feedback address: mailto:email@example.com Also, if you would like to see another series of pieces in this newsletter, let me know about that too. There is a .Net tutorial under development that many of you have asked about. Keep your eyes on the website - there's more coming soon!
Many of you have been using the feedback address to provide your ideas for this newsletter and for that we are very grateful. I hope that I am taking your newsletter in a direction that you would like it to go. I hope also that you will recommend it to your friends and associates - the company (Jupiter Media) is keen on the numbers, so I need to make sure our subscriber list keeps growing!! If you have suggestions, send them in. If you have been reading the feedback section, you should know that I do read all the email I receive and incorporate your ideas right into the newsletter and the site.
I wanted to take the time this week to make these few points and to let you know how much I appreciate your involvement. Next week I'll be getting back into the regular format with another development topic. Until then,
Thanks for Reading!
- Vince Barnes
Questions are taken from submissions to our Community Mentors. You can ask a Mentor a question by going to http://www.htmlgoodies.com/mentors/.
Q. I have a page divided into 2 frames. Frame A and frame B. Frame A loads the page NAVIGATOR.HTML and frame B loads HALLOWEEN3.HTML. When someone clicks on the button in frame A I want it to load information in frame B while A remains the same. However when someone clicks on the button in frame A it loads the information in frame A and frame B remains the same. (Code attached.).
A. You have the target designated in the wrong tag. You have it in the image tag. It should be in the HREF tag. Your tag:
<A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/rfkicker1/HALLOWEEN2.HTML"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="ABOUTMEBUTTON.gif" target="right">
Change it to:
<A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/rfkicker1/HALLOWEEN2.HTML" target="right"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="ABOUTMEBUTTON.gif">
Change all of the tags and that should work.
Q. I have som stand alone HTML program that reside in multiple laptop computers located in my client's fleet of vehicles. I am attempting to find a program or script that will act as a hit counter so I can analyze the traffic and identify the pages or sections visited or more importantly, those that are not.
A. You might find that cookies would provide the feedback you are looking for. Take a look at this HTMLGoodies page:
Q. I would like to be able to create clickable buttons at the top of my page to link to different places further down the page.
A. Add this link code to your button image:
<a href="#link1"><img src="yourbuttonname.gif"></a>
Then where you want it to link to, add this anchor code:
When you click the button it will jump down on the same page to the anchor.
Q. I have a folder, and inside that folder is a webpage and images used on the webpage. There is another folder inside that folder, and inside this folder is another webpage. I want to use the images from the previous folder. Is it possible to link them in locally? Or do I have to use an absolute link?
A. You can link to documents in other directories by specifying the relative path from the current document to the linked document. For example, a link to a file "my_file.html" located in the subdirectory "files" would be:
<A HREF="files/my_file.html">My File</A>
If you wanted to reference an image in another folder you can use relative paths also. For instance your page resides in a folder named "pages" and you want to reference the image that is in another folder named "images". Both folders reside on the site in the same level. The reference would look like this: <img src="../images/my_image.jpg">
This tells the browser to look up into another folder named "images" [The two dots mean "my parent folder" - Ed].
If the page were in a folder named "folder2" and this folder was in the folder named "pages" the reference could look like this:
This tells the browser to look two folders up for another folder named "images".
These are called relative links because you are specifying the path to the linked file relative to the location of the current file. You can also use the absolute pathname (the complete URL) of the file, but relative links are more efficient in accessing a server. By using relative links you make your site more portable. You can do all of your work building your website on your local computer and when you upload the entire site to the server, all of the links will work. If you use absolute links then you run into the problem of having the files still linked to your local computer.
Q. How do I move stuff where I want it on my website? I put the html in the scripts area but when I go to my site everything is in the top left corner.
A. By default, text and images will be placed at the top and to the left. There are tags for positioning, and stylesheets give more control. Sometimes tables are used for precise layout. I suspect tables would be the most useful thing for you right now, so have a look at the tables tutorials. http://www.htmlgoodies.com/tutors/tbl.html
Q. How do I make animated GIFs?.
A. Basically, you make each frame as a separate image, and your graphics application combines them into one file. Imageready can do this. Shareware sites may have Microsoft GIF Animator, which I've used and works adequately. There will be other applications for animating GIFs. Probably shareware sites like Nonags and Tucows are your best bet. If you're willing to learn Flash or Livemotion, they make animations which are smoother and smaller.
Q. Can you use Visual Basic for making baners?
A. Visual Basic is not the program you should be using for creating banners. Take a look at PhotoShop(http://www.adobe.com) or Paint Shop Pro(http://www.jasc.com)
Q. What function returns the square root of a number?
A. That would be Math.sqrt(arg) where arg is your numeric variable. There is a whole list of Math Object methods in Joe's book starting at the bottom of P159.
Google Acquires Blog Software Firm
[February 17, 2003] Google continues its push into the content business with the purchase of Pyra Labs' Blogger.com 'push-button' Web publishing platform.
Macromedia Unveils DevNet, Freehand MX
[February 10, 2003] The Web graphics software firm rolls out a subscription-based sales program and an upgrade to its flagship Macromedia MX product suite.
PGA on Par to Roll Out TOURCast
[February 17, 2003] If you can't join the PGA Tour in person or on television, rest assured. Linux can offer golf fans an all-access pass to the fairways through TOURCast.
Bxrk! Bxrk! Swedish Chef Sings Opera to Microsoft
[February 14, 2003] Opera crafts a special edition of its Opera 7 browser to render MSN in the wacky tongue of the Muppet Show's Swedish Chef -- a little payback for Microsoft's alleged sleights against Opera users.
And the Online Fraud Goes On...
[February 14, 2003] eBay users continue to be bombarded with scam e-mails from criminals harvesting account information; now, the FTC is investigating some of the frauds.
Gates Keeps Eye on Linux Threat
[February 12, 2003] Microsoft's Gates keeps wary eye on Linux, but says commercial software development has advantages over open source.
Court: NY Can Ban Online Cigarette Sales
[February 14, 2003] Federal appellate court upholds a New York statute prohibiting the sale of cigarettes both online and via mail order.
Listen.com Halves CD Burning Cost
[February 13, 2003] A cheaper Rhapsody? Indeed, Listen.com links with Lycos to offer CD burning for 49 cents per tune.
Linux Goes Under Security Microscope
[February 13, 2003] IBM, Oracle and Red Hat plans to put Linux up for Common Criteria certification, an international standard that grades technology for reliability and security.
Did you ever wish your newsletter was an easy two way communications medium? Ploof! It now is!
If you would like to comment on the newsletter or expand/improve on something you have seen in here, you can now send your input to:
We already receive a lot of email every day. This address will help us sort out those relating specifically to this newsletter from all the rest. When you send email to this address it may wind up being included in this section of the newsletter, to be shared with your fellow readers. Please don't send your questions to this address. They should be sent to our mentors: see http://www.htmlgoodies.com/mentors/
Thanks again for the kind words this week. We are getting a lot of complements from our readers and I appreciate them very much.
Peter Mole from Australia sent in a suggestion for a "Reader's Site of the Week". The idea would be to feature a site submitted for consideration by a reader, and publish some comments from other readers. Something along these lines sound like a great idea! What do you think? Would you like the opportunity to feature your site & get candid comments and critiques from other readers? Let me know at our feedback address: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for the great suggestion, Peter.
And Remember This . . .
On this day in...
1996: Kasparov Beats Deep Blue
Gary Kasparov, the champion chess player played Deep Blue, IBM's chess playing computer, in a six game match on this day in 1996. Kasparov won this match. The computer did win two of the games, however, which was the first time a computer won against a chess champion. The story was different a year later. This time, Deep Blue won the match, which was the first time Kasparov ever lost a six game match in championship play.
Mongomery Ward, deparment store mogul, was born on this day in 1843, and in 1941 this day saw the birth of singer Gene Pitney.
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