Goodies to Go (tm)
March 10, 2003-- Newsletter #223

By Vince Barnes



Goodies to Go (tm)
March 10, 2003--Newsletter #223

This newsletter is part of the internet.com network.
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Featured this week:

* Goodies Thoughts - Goodies Peer Reviews
* Q & A Goodies
* News Goodies
* Feedback Goodies  
* And Remember This...

 


 

Goodies Announcement

Just in case you missed it before, the new Beyond HTML Goodies book is now available!

 

Go beyond the basics and learn how the pros add and use dynamic HTML features and advanced JavaScript techniques. Beyond HTML Goodies demonstrates dozens of new and different features readers can add to their existing Web pages using HTML and JavaScript. The book starts with simple text and image tips, such as adding a clock to a Web page or causing text to appear when the mouse moves over an image. It gradually builds to more complex tricks, including manipulating forms or working with cookies behind the scenes. Throughout the book, readers enjoy Joe's snappy style and "to the point" discussion of each "goody" in the book.

 

http://books.internet.com/books/0789727803

 

 

Goodies Thoughts - Goodies Peer Reviews



From the Land of Plenty, Peter Mole suggested it, we asked you, you responded with an absolutely overwhelming "yes" and so here it is! Welcome to the Goodies Peer Review! We didn't want to waste any time bringing this into being, since it seemed such a popular idea. That's the "why", which leaves the "who", "what", "when", "where" and "how".

First, the "who"...

There are so many puns available based on "The Who" and "Who's on first?" that I will leave you to make up as many as you would like for yourself, and won't even mention them myself. In this case, "who" would be you. This is a peer review process, where you will submit site addresses, you will review each other's sites, submit your reviews, and learn from each other's wisdom.

Next, the "what"...

Goodies Peer Review is your opportunity to have your site reviewed by your peers - other Goodies To Go readers and HTML Goodies visitors. As you do, you'll not only get the benefit of their insights and observations, you'll be getting some great publicity and exposure for your site! A lot of people all over the planet use HTML Goodies, so you can expect a rise in your visitor rate! Everybody, whether their site is picked or not, gets to benefit from looking and the site being reviewed and reading the comments of the reviewers.

"When"...

Every week! There will be (currently) one site selected each week for review. Each week, three reviews of the previous week's selected site will be chosen for publication on the HTML Goodies website. The site will hold the last ten sites and their associated reviews. After the tenth week, the site will drop off the bottom.

"Where"...

The URL of the site will be right here in Goodies To Go, in a new "Goodies Peer Reviews" section. The three reviews will be published in the Peer Reviews section of the HTML Goodies website.

And finally, "how"....

If you would like to have your site reviewed, you must submit your URL (website address) to revusubs@htmlgoodies.com -- if you use any other address, it will not be considered. The Subject of the submission must be the URL you are submitting. Anything else, and it won't be considered. The body of the message is irrelevant, and can be left blank. Your submission will remain in the pool of potential selections for two weeks. After two weeks, you will have to resubmit to get back into the pool. A URL will be selected at random and we will look for the email address from which the submission came to be on the home page of the site. It does not have to be displayed, and does not need to be a "mailto:"! It can be in a meta tag, under author (see http://www.htmlgoodies.com/letters/210.html for information on Meta Tags.) We need this to verify that the actual author submitted the site for review. If it's not there, we'll select another URL.

The address of the selected site will be published in Goodies To Go and readers will be invited to write and submit a review. We are looking for reviews to be around 500 words. The email address for reviews will be published in Goodies To Go along with the first selected URL. We will read as many of the reviews as we can and will make our selection based on our personal preferences. I can't be very definitive about what we will be looking for, as it is going to be totally subjective! I can tell you that derision will not be looked on very favorably. Be constructive and helpful. Remember that the objective is to help both the author of the site and all those who read the reviews. If you see something that doesn't work very well, say why it doesn't work and offer a suggestion for improvement. Also, spell checkers and grammar checkers will help - the editors don't want to have to work too hard!

The new section of HTML Goodies is being added today, and may be there by the time you read this.

Lastly, let me thank Peter Mole once again for his excellent suggestion. He sent me a note the other day, saying that he was surprised that I actually read his email! I try to read them all, Peter, but I can't always reply to them all.

Submit your URLs now! Let's get the ball rolling!


Thanks for Reading!
- Vince Barnes

 

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Q & A Goodies

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 want to have a small window open when someone clicks a link on my page. I don't want a full size window, just a small one. Can JavaScript do this?

A. Since you will probably have more than one link on a page you should set up a function in your head section of your document that will be used by multiple links. You can pass the html page you want to load in the window to the function when the link is clicked on. With window.open() you can set the
width, height, postion and other attributes. Here is an example:
<.script language="javascript"> function OpenWin(linkid)
{ NewWin=window.open (linkid,"newwin",config="width=200,height=250,location=no,status=no,directories=
no,toolbar=no,scrollbars=no,menubar=no,resizable=no,top=30,left=30");
NewWin.focus()
}
<./script>
The variable "linkid" contains the page you want to load. This was passed to the function when the link was clicked on. Then in the body section of your document your link could look like this:
<.A HREF="javascript:OpenWin('somepage.html')">Apples<./A>
You would wrap the link around the word that you want to click on for more info. The HTML Goodies site does have a tutorial on window.open()
(see http://www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/jsp/hgjsp_11.html and http://www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/jsp/hgjsp_12.html -- Ed.)





Q. I read through the tutorials on FORMS. I want to know how, when people click the SEND button, do I send mail automaticcally instead of it opening up OUTLOOK?

A. (Version 6 Browsers don't support email forms. - Ed.)
You are going to need some server side coding for this to work. And it depends on what your server supports. Most hosting packages support some kind of script to send email from a web form. Most free hosting sites do not. It all depends on what your server supports. If your server supports Active Server Pages (ASP) then you can use ASP to send email. If your server supports CGI or PERL then you can use that to send email.




Q. Is it possible to link directly to an Inline Frame, so that when I click a hyperlink on the main page, only the contents of the Inline Frame change?

A. Just give your Iframes names and then in your link code add the link target name like so:
<.IFRAME NAME="iframe2" SRC="iframe2.html" ALIGN="" HEIGHT="" WIDTH="">
<.a href="somepage.html" target="iframe2">Your Link Here<./a>




Q. I want to build a site where people can download documents (.pdf) where do I start?

A. You want to build a site where people can download PDF documents...is a little broad. Do you want to know how to build the site? Do you want to know how to offer the files for download? Do you know HTML? Are you familiar with building websites at all? We can certainly help you with these different aspects but we can't take you step by step through this email. We are only here to help with the areas in which you get stuck. If you are just starting out then the first place to start is here: http://htmlgoodies.earthweb.com/primers/primer_1.html
To allow people to download PFD files or any other file, just create a link to that file. If the person has the program to read the document it is possible that it will open right from the web. To avoid this you can either place the file in a ZIP file or tell the user to right click and choose "Save target as..."




Q. I'm looking for resources for designing pages that easily compatible with a wide variety of browser types. I use Macromedia DreamWeaverMX which does offer some hints for making my pages more easily accessible to a wide range of people but I'm curious if there are any online or
>print resources out there that specifically address issues like the use of certain tags and possible alternatives, the formating of text and pictures, etc.

A. Here are a couple of sites that I use for browser compatibility:
http://www.netmechanic.com/browser-photo/tutorial.htm
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/reference/browser_chart/
http://www.anybrowser.com/
I get quite a bit of information from the first link, Netmechanic.


 


Q. I have been working on trying to come up with a better menu for my index page. I used Sothink DHTMLMenu to generate one. I have it working, but it takes quite a while for the menu to load. What is my problem?

A. I can't see your menu, but I can make a couple guesses. You have a bunch of images that need to load to make the menu work. The browser looks for them when you do your mouseover, which means calling the server and asking for the image, and repeating the process for each image. My first guess is you could fix your problem with a preloader, so the images are already in the browser cache. Here's an example of a preloader:
// preload images
var an_image1 = new Image(151,37);
an_image1.src = "images/navigation/options_home_over.jpg";
var an_image2 = new Image(151,37);
an_image2.src="images/navigation/easement_over.jpg";
var an_image3 = new Image(151,37);
an_image3.src="images/navigation/mutual_over.jpg";
This is a JavaScript that declares a variable as an image and specifies the size so the browser doesn't have to figure it out, and then give the variable a value consisting of a URL.
My second guess is that your images are large and taking a long time to download. Keep them small, like 3k each, or even eliminate them if you can.
Get rid of the "best viewed at" message. No visitor will change their screen setting just for your site, nor take the blame for he site not working at their screen setting. You just have to make it work at different sizes.

 

 

 

 

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News Goodies


New Online Smut Prohibition Bill Introduced
[March 10, 2003] Rebuffed by the courts for its previous efforts to ban online child pornography, Congress tries again to get it right.

Click here to read the article



 

Financial Carrot for PHP Developers
[March 10, 2003] A Grant Program has been launched offering financial incentives to developers who create open-source projects related to PHP (but not necessarily written in PHP).

Click here to read the article

 



Microsoft Launches Second Office Beta
[March 10, 2003] The applications in Microsoft's Office suite are sporting new names as the software titan moves to put data interchange at the heart of its office productivity platform.

Click here to read the article

 

 

 

Contiki Bringing New Life to 8-bit Systems?
[March 10, 2003] A computer networking researcher unveils a new operating system and desktop environment that makes it possible to surf the Web from an 8-bit system.

Click here to read the article

 

 


License Swap: AT&T Wireless, U.S. Cellular
[March 10, 2003] Deal covers more than 15 states and will give AT&T Wireless a presence in most major cities.

Click here to read the article

 


 

Google in Search Deal with Disney Sites
[March 10, 2003] The company will provide both algorithmic and paid search for Go.com, Disney.com, Movies.com, and FamilyFun.com.

Click here to read the article

 

 

Massive UT Hack Leaks SSN Data
[March 6, 2003] Officials at the University of Texas at Austin admitted a massive 'deliberate attack' breached its computer system and exposed personal data of approximately 55,200 individuals.

Click here to read the article

 

 

NVIDIA, ATI Release Dueling Graphics Chips
[March 6, 2003] The two largest graphics chipmakers square off at a Gamers conference in the Silicon Valley with their long-awaited GeForce FX and RADEON processors.

Click here to read the article

 

 

eBay Spawns New Feeder Business
[March 5, 2003] AuctionDrop lets those who are either pressed for time and/or computer-challenged sell their goods -- for a fee -- on the giant auction site.

Click here to read the article

 

 

 

 

 


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Feedback Goodies



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:

mailto:nlfeedback@htmlgoodies.com


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/


We have been getting a lot of mentor questions in the feedback mailbox recently. Please note that when you sent your questions to the feedback mailbox, they do not get to the mentors and won't be answered. Neither can they be forwarded because this loses the reply capability that the mentors' maillist needs. Please check which mailbox you are sending to before you click "Send"! Thanks!

As you can see by today's main topic, feedback mail is read and is acted upon!! Keep right on sending it in! And don't forget to submit your site's URL for a Goodies Peer Review - check the lead article for instructions and send it on in!

Thanks again for all the compliments. You really keep my spirits up!
 

 

 

 

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And Remember This . . .


On this day in...


 

1969 Ray Pleads Guilty
On this day in 1969 James Earl Ray plead guilty to the assasination of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. King was shot while he stood on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis Tennessee on April 4th, 1968. The rifle, fingerprints and eye witnesses all implicated Ray. He was arrested on Jume 8th 1968 in London Airport by Scotland Yard detectives while attempting to fly to Belgium. By pleading guilty, Ray avoided execution in the electric chair, and was instead sentenced to 99 years imprisonment.

And In 1876, on this day, Alexander Graham Bell called by telephone to his assistant, Watson, who was on another floor of Bell's Boston home, and said, "Mr. Watson, come here, I want you." Later in the year he called from Boston to Cambridge, Massachusetts. A little later on the 'phone system was used for the very noble purpose of carying the internet all over the world! Hurrah!!


Born today in 1940 was martial arts expert and actor Chuck Norris. A Happy Birthday also to Queen Elizabeth II of England's son, Prince Edward, who was born in 1964.
 

 


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