Goodies to Go (tm)
February 9, 2004-- Newsletter #271

By Vince Barnes

Goodies to Go (tm)
February 9, 2004--Newsletter #271

This newsletter is part of the network.

Featured this week:

* Goodies Thoughts - My love, will you....
* Q & A Goodies
* News Goodies
* Goodies Peer Reviews
* Feedback Goodies  
* Windows Tech Goodies  
* And Remember This...



Goodies Announcement

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.



Goodies Thoughts - My love, will you....

Not wanting to make the scene too public, the most obvious selection of the available choices was a restaurant. To set the scene: there was the right wine; red -- of course. Not the cheap stuff - a bottle of Chateaux Haut Guislaine. A candle on the table, flickering with the attentive movements of the wait staff. And lying on the white linen tablecloth, a pair of velvet petalled crimson roses. The background music is the sweet saxophone of the late, great Grover Washington Jr.; and nothing, just nothing, needs improvement.

"I want you to know that right now, the world has faded into the distance. Right now, there's only you and me; I don't care about anything else, anywhere. Right now, I have a question for you. I want you to know that you are the only thing that matters to me, and that I want it to stay that way for ever, and I want to know if you will."

Somehow that seems incomplete, don't you think? Maybe even a little frustrating?

I have seen too many websites recently bearing an "under construction" notice and it's starting to get to me. How much effort does it really take to come up with one page that includes the basic who, what, when, where and why of any particular topic? Not too much, I would venture to say. But it is, apparently, too much for the authors of those sites.

Surfing the web frequently involves typing something into your search engine of choice, hyper jumping off to one of the offered selections and thence to link, to link, to link. Very frequently, the sites encountered on such a cruise are sites visited only once -- unless there's something so spectacular about them that they need to be added to the favorites list. Those sites say what they have to say when visited. What they said before and what they will say later doesn't really matter to the visitor. This is their one chance for communication.

This being the case, it is crucially important that as soon as a site comes into existence, whereby it can be identified and cataloged by a spider, it must say whatever it has to say. It is not important that the first cut be written with a style worthy of the bard -- that's not what the visitor needs. What the visitor needs is to be provided at least the basic information pertinent to the site's purpose. A single page description will at least allow the visitor to feel that their time was not entirely wasted.

I have every confidence that Goodies To Go readers are aware of this important consideration, that they don't violate the rule and subject their visitors to an awful "Under Construction" notice. It is possible, however, that they may lack the confidence in their convictions to feel comfortable chastising their misled peers for offenses they may commit. Please know that you are completely right in correcting them. Please understand that you provide a service to the world (wide web) when you correct the error of their ways. I for one will be eternally grateful when I no longer have to spend my time reading those two undesirable words (or their substitutes!)

And in the meantime, I hope you and your loved one (whether current, future, or secret) have a wonderful Valentines day!


Thanks for Reading!

- Vince Barnes



Q & A Goodies

Questions are taken from submissions to our Community Mentors. You can ask a Mentor a question by going to

Q. I have a webpage that has a navigation bar on the left, and want that navigation bar to always be visible no matter how far a user scrolls down the page. Do I need a frame, or do I need JavaScript?

A. Take a look at this site: 
They have many navigation menus you can use. Just keep in mind that not all of the menus will work with all of the browsers. Choose one that says it will work with all of them unless you have a captured audience and know that they all use a particular browser.

Q. Do you know of any commands that will not display the password as you type it, or put in a series of asterisks, while still keeping the data so that it can be compared to the values in a database?

A. HTML has a password form field that displays asterisks.
<input type="password" name="var name" size="40" maxlength="80" value="default value">

Q. I have some experience with HTML and JavaScript, but I recently visited a site that had a bunch of applet windows that popped up and disappeared. I would love to know how to get that.

A. What you were looking at was actually a Java Applet. This is very different from JavaScript - they are barely even related (except that they can both be used on the web). A Java Applet is like a program and JavaScript is what it's name implies, a scripting language. The only way to get something like that is to see if the developer at that site would be willing to share it with you.

Q. I would like to make a word a clickable link to to another word...... such as 1st Th 5:17 clickable to the scripture.

A. You can set an anchor that will bring up a certain part of the page where the word is.
< A name="1st_th517"> is placed by the word.
<a href="#1st_th517">Th 5:17</a> is placed as the link

Q. I've been using the <BASE FONT=3> command within the head tags thinking that would "fix" the page fonts at a certain size, but it doesn't. Is there any way to "fix" font size to the way I need it for my designs to work?

A. I don't use it but it does have to be used correctly. This element can be used only within the BODY element or the HEAD element. BASEFONT should appear before any displayed text in the body of the document. It can be overridden using the FONT tag within the document. Maybe this is what is happening:
No BASEFONT size specified yet.
<FONT SIZE=2> Temporarily override the BASEFONT size.</FONT>
Resume the BASEFONT size. End of example.
Did you try using a Cascading Style Sheet? You can manipulate the style of the font using it.
<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
H1 { font-size: x-large; color: red }
H2 { font-size: large; color: blue }
The above style sheet tells the browser to show level-one headings in an extra-large, red font, and to show level-two headings in a large, blue font.







News Goodies

Stripped-Down MyDoom Hits Microsoft.... Again
[February 9, 2004] A new variant of the virulent MyDoom worm has been found in the wild, launching what one analyst fears may be a vicious attack against Microsoft Corp.'s Web site.

Click here to read the article



Nokia Tightens Symbian Embrace
[February 9, 2004] Wireless phone player expands its leadership role with the wireless device platform company formed to parry Microsoft.

Click here to read the article



Disney Turns to Windows Media for Protection
[February 9, 2004] Multi-year pact gives Microsoft a major boost in the content creation and DRM protection markets.

Click here to read the article



No Product Family Left Behind in EMC Refresh
[February 9, 2004] Looking to deal a blow to competitors, the storage systems vendor unloads a full barrel of new hardware and software products.

Click here to read the article


Corel Sheds XML Business
[February 9, 2004] Amid heavy competition from the likes of Microsoft and Adobe, Corel sells its XML authoring tool suite to Blast Radius.

Click here to read the article



HP Leaves Door Open For Opteron
[February 9, 2004] The company reaffirms its faith in Itanium with new server announcements, but still leaves room for a new PA-RISC processor and possibly AMD's 64-bit chip.

Click here to read the article



Veritas: Buffed-up Back-up for SMB's
[February 9, 2004] Back-up and storage player refreshes key products for smaller businesses with features formerly built for major enterprises.

Click here to read the article



AOL Floats E-Mail Reports for Marketers
[February 9, 2004] The giant ISP is gauging marketers' interest in a tracking service that would let marketers know whether and why e-mail was blocked, among other things.

Click here to read the article



Motorola in Duet with Opera
[February 9, 2004] The companies collaborate on browsers that accommodate HTML browser with WAP infrastructure.

Click here to read the article



Could National Security Concerns Slow VoIP?
[February 6, 2004] FEATURE The FBI's concern about wiretap capability of Internet telephony is complicating the FCC's desire to limit regulation of the technology.

Click here to read the article






Goodies Peer Reviews


Every week a site is selected for review. Each week, reviews of the previous week's selected site are chosen for publication on the HTML Goodies website.


The current week's selected site is published in Goodies To Go and in the Peer Reviews section of the website.  Current contact email addresses for submitting your site and for submitting reviews are published in Goodies To Go.

If you would like to have your site reviewed, sign up for the Goodies To Go newsletter in the Navigation Bar on the left side of this page. 

For full details about this program, see




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:

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

For those who are missing Peer reviews: we are once again revising the Peer review program in the hopes of creating a workable solution. The current plan is to move the new Peer Review pages into place in the new year. All those who have been selected for reviews in the past will be featured in the new pages. The new method will make it much easier for your peers to provide feedback and much easier for us to handle the publication side of things. "Watch this space!" It's coming soon!!

Thanks again for all your feedback!



Windows Tech Goodie of the Week:


Fighting Spambots with .NET and AI

Bill Gates, in a recent interview, predicted the end of spam by 2006. One of the methods he mentioned involved a challenge only a real live person could handle. This article shows how to use .NET to create a Web form user-verification scheme that incorporates similar concepts Gates alluded to.

*** And ***

Using Index Server to Search Your Web Site - Noise Words

Since writing my article on using Index Server from ASP, I've gotten quite a few questions about why people aren't getting the results they expect. There are a number of reasons why this might happen, but one of the most common is that your query includes "noise words". This article will explain what noise words are and show you how to edit the list of words that index server treats as noise words.



And Remember This . . .

On this day in...

1924 First use of Lethal Gas for US Execution

Tong Lee, a Chinese gang member, had been convicted of murdering a rival gang member and on this day in 1924 was executed in Carson City, Nevada, by lethal gas. The state of Nevada adopted lethal gas in 1921 as a more humane method than hanging or electrocution. A person to be executed by lethal gas is sealed in an airtight chamber. Potassium or sodium cyanide is then dropped into hydrochloric acid to yield hydro-cyanic gas. Within seconds of breathing in the gas, the prisoner falls unconscious and then chokes to death. Later in the twentieth century, lethal gas was replaced by lethal injection as a means of capital punishment.

Today was also the day that in: 1674 the English took back New York from the Dutch; 1788 the Austrians declared war on Russia; 1895 W.G. Morgan of Massachusetts invented volleyball; 1900 Dwight Davis established the Davis Cup as a tennis trophy; 1916 Britain starts conscription; 1926 teaching of the theory of evolution was forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia schools; 1943 an epic battle ended as the Japanese evacuated Guadalcanal; 1950 Senator Joseph McCarthy charge that the Senate was "infested" with 205 communists; 1962 Jamaica became independent; 1963 first flight of Boeing 727; 1969 first commercial flight of Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet; 1971 Apollo 14 returned to Earth; 1975 Soyuz 17 returned to Earth; 1978 Ted Bundy killed Kimberly Leach at Lake City, Florida; 1985 Madonna's "Like A Virgin" reached #1 (remained there for three weeks); 1997 the Fox cartoon series "The Simpsons" aired its 167th episode making it the longest running animated series in the history of cartoons; 2002 Britain's Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died of a stroke at 71;

Born today were: in 1773 9th US President William Henry Harrison; 1830 32nd Sultan of Turkey Abdul Aziz; 1892 actress Peggy Wood; 1909 English actress Heather Angel; 1909 Portugese actress Maria do Carmo Mirando Da Cunha (Carmen Miranda); 1936 English actor Clive Swift; 1940 "The Shadows" drummer Brian Bennett; 1940 musician Smokey Robinson; 1942 singer Carole King; 1943 actor Joe Pesci; 1949 actress Judith Light; 1955 English actor Charles Shaughnessy; 1963 musician Travis Tritt;

Thanks for reading Goodies to Go!


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