Goodies to Go! Newsletter #316

By Vince Barnes


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Featured this week:

* Goodies Thoughts - Coming Soon! -- Some Changes
* Q & A Goodies
* News Goodies
* 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.

 

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

 

 

Goodies Thoughts - Coming Soon! -- Some Changes


That's right folks! Changes are on their way -- to the HTML Goodies web site, that is. The site has been around for quite a while now, sporting its warm and friendly wavy brown margin. I like it, and so, apparently, do a lot of you! It's time though, for an update to its looks.

In the not very distant future, you'll be seeing a fresh new look on the website. The new design features a clean, modern, easy to read format, with easy to find navigation and sharp new colors! The look is more in keeping with that of the rest of the Earthweb family of which it is a member site (see http://www.earthweb.com for more)

And speaking of Earthweb, if you haven't checked it out recently, you should do yourself a favor and go take a look. There's a ton of good material in there for anybody in the web/software development and/or IT business. The categories include Hardware, Web Development (which is where you'll find us), Software Development, Management, Networking and Communications and IT News.

The content of HTML Goodies will all be there, of course! We're not going to reduce the resources we provide for you -- far from it; the resources on HTML Goodies continue to grow, with recent additions including our PHP Tutorials which are nearing completion, and the Web development project examples that we recently started.

Once the cosmetic changes have been implemented, we'll be revamping such areas as the Mentor program. This program has been a tremendously popular area within the site. Basically, the objective is to provide a means for novice and growing web developers to ask questions of our "Mentors" who provide them with solutions.

Our Mentors are volunteers who have a little more experience with one or more areas within the developer arena and who are willing to share their expertise for no more than the occasional bit of publicity for their own sites. They provide their services primarily for the love of what they do and the benefit of those who are trying to master their craft.

And, by the way, if this description fits you and you would like to become an HTML Goodies Mentor, drop me an email (vbarnes@jupitermedia.com) with the words "Mentor Volunteer" in the subject line and describing your area(s) of expertise and I'll add your name to the pool.

Other areas within the site will also be similarly reworked -- 2005 promises to be an exciting year for the HTML Goodies enthusiast!
 

 

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 need to learn how to pass a variable(s) from web page to web page. Do I use a cookie? Do I use a file and perl? Can it be simply done with the hidden fields in a form?

A. There's a tutorial on just that subject: http://www.htmlgoodies.com/beyond/jspass.html





Q. How do I design my webpages so they fill the screen on all monitor sizes?

A. If you want to make sure that your site will look well in all resolutions you should first decide what your lowest screen resolution should be. According to statistics, most people are viewing the web at 800 X 600 or above and very few are actually viewing at 640 X 480. So you can safely design a page for the lowest resolution being 800 X 600. When you design for 800 X 600 make sure that all of your images are optimized for that resolution. Use percentages for your table instead of pixel widths. If you use a fixed pixel width you are setting your table to an absolute measurement. If the table is set to percentages it will expand as needed. I use a bit of JavaScript to check to see what my sites look like in various resolutions. Copy and paste this into your browser address:
javascript:resizeTo(640,480)
Hit enter and then save to your favorites. Do the same with the following:
javascript:resizeTo(800,600)
javascript:resizeTo(1024,768)
Your browser will resize itself to the resolutions and you can get an idea of what the page is going to look like.





Q. Where is the tutorial on mouse over for "click here"?

A. You should be able to find one in the JavaScript Primers on the HTML Goodies site. Here is a link to the Table of Contents: http://www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/jsp/jsp_toc.html
[If you're looking for a particular piece of JavaScript code, check out http://www.javascripts.com and http://www.javascriptsource.com  -- Ed.]





Q. When you open a new window is it possible to close the original window? When I run this code I just get an error message after the new window opens.
window.open("page.html", "whatever", config="height=500,width=500") self.close;
I've tried replacing self.close with main.close and window.close but I always get errors. main.close only works for closing new windows.

A. The reason you are getting the erros is that you have the wrong syntax for your window close. The correct syntax should be:
self.close()
or:
window.close()
to close the original window. The other problem that you will have is that when you use JavaScript to close the original or main window an alert will popup asking you wether you want to close it or not. This is a security feature that keeps someone from closing the window without the viewer's permission. JavaScript is not allowed to close the main window.





Q. I cannot figure out how to get the submit button to work. I need the information from the order form to go to my email address. If this is not possible, please advise me on how to retrieve information from a form that is submitted. Anyway, the form is there and each text box is coded within the form frame. I would also like to be able to add a confirmation page when they submit the order. (Code sample supplied)

A. The reason your form is not working is because the SUBMIT button has no place to send it to. The line that starts the FORM needs an ACTION attribute.
This line:
<FORM name=" " enctype="text/plain">
Should read something like this:
<FORM name=" " enctype="text/plain" action="page_to_send _the_info_to.shtml">
The page that the form sends the information to should contain all of the needed coding to send the information to an email. If you are using the script to send to an email application, I would suggest you find another script as some browsers do not support that.
[See also these articles for more information:
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/articles/emailforms1.html
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/articles/emailformphp.html
- Ed.]
 

 

 

 

 

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News Goodies


ContentGuard Bulks up Property Portfolio
[December 20, 2004] Five new DRM patents in the U.S., Japan and Europe add to ContentGuard's control of digital rights management.

Click here to read the article



 

Tivoli Tightens Aim at Security Threats
[December 21, 2004] IBM refreshes two Tivoli management software bits for security

Click here to read the article

 

 

 

Google Fixes Desktop Search Flaw
[December 20, 2004] A vulnerability that ships local desktop searches over the Web is plugged by Google techs.

Click here to read the article

 

 

 

Microsoft Alters Hotmail Security Trend
[December 20, 2004] Trend Micro takes over the security reigns for the giant's e-mail service.

Click here to read the article
 

 

 

Redmond Moves Unnerve McAfee Investors
[December 20, 2004] Shares of McAfee sank Monday after Microsoft made its second move against the security company in a week.

Click here to read the article

 

 

 

eBay Protests Exec's Arrest Over Sex Tape Listing
[December 20, 2004] UPDATED: The company's stateside officials say they are outraged as the head of its India operations is jailed without bail until Friday.

Click here to read the article

 

 


Spammers Slammed With $1 Billion in Fines
[December 20, 2004] Damage award is believed to be the highest ever.

Click here to read the article

 

 

 

Microsoft Girds For EU Appeal Ruling
[December 20, 2004] According to a staff memo, the decision is expected Wednesday.

Click here to read the article


 

 

Holiday Shopping Surge is On
[December 20, 2004] Online shopping peaks on Mondays, while online spenders don't stop for the holiday.

Click here to read the article

 

 

 

New W3C Standard Reuses Content
[December 20, 2004] The Web standards body reaches another goal in its bid to construct composite XML documents reusing information.

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/




Thanks again for all your feedback!
 

 

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Windows Tech Goodie of the Week:
 



A Look at WebCharts, a Free .NET Charting Control

Recently I discovered a free .NET charting tool from Microsoft employee Carlos Aguilar Mares called WebChart. This article provides a quick overview of WebChart, demonstrating how to use it in an ASP.NET Web application.

http://aspnet.4guysfromrolla.com/articles/120804-1.aspx


*** AND ***


Server-Side Printing to a Networked Printer from ASP


A while back I wrote "Server-Side Printing from ASP" which explained how to print plain text to a printer directly connected to your web server. Since then, I've received quite a few email from people looking to accomplish the same task on a networked printer.

http://www.asp101.com/articles/john/serversideprint/network.asp


*** AND ***


Designing Role-Based Security Models for .NET


In this article, Michele Leroux Bustamante discusses authentication, authorization and role-based security in .NET. Along the way, he provides some best practices for implementing role-based security in some typical .NET application scenarios including rich clients, Web applications, and Web services.

http://www.15seconds.com/issue/041208.htm

 

 


 

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And Remember This . . .


On this day in...
 

1989 US Invaded Panama

Wanting to overthrow the dictator Manuel Noriega, who had been indicted in the US on drug charges, the US invaded Panama on this day in 1989. In the early 70's he had been recruited by the CIA to assist the US in its efforts against the spread of communism in Central America. By the late 70's he became involved in drug trafficking and was dropped from the CIA payroll. In 1979 the communist Sandinistas came to power, and in 1983 Noriega was brought back in to the CIA. He became the military dictator of Panama. In 1986 reports surfaced that he had been a double agent, working also for the Cuban intelligence agency and for the Sandinistas. He was disowned by the US government and indicted by Federal Grand Juries on drug smuggling and money laundering charges. President Bush had increased the US military security force in the canal zone when, on December 16 1989 a US Marine was shot dead at a Panamanian Defense Force roadblock. The next day President Bush authorized "Operation Just Cause" and on December 20, 9,000 US troops joined the 12,000 already there. By December 24, Noriega and his PDF were crushed. The US made Guillermo Endara President of Panama (he had actually been elected, but the election was annulled by Noriega) and on January 3 1980 Noriega was arrested by US Drug Enforcement Agency agents. The Organization of American States and the European Parliament both called the invasion a flagrant violation of international law.


Today was also the day that in: 1620 the Mayflower, with 103 pilgrims aboard, landed at Plymouth Rock; 1835 HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, sailed into the Bay of Islands, New Zealand; 1898 Pierre and Marie Curie discovered Radium; 1914 the first feature length (silent) film comedy, "Tillie's Punctured Romance" was released, starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin; 1923 Nepal became an independent nation (formerly a British Protectorate); 1933 Five year old Shirley Temple was signed to a studio contract with 20th Century Fox; 1937 the first feature length, color and sound cartoon, "Snow White" (Disney) premiered; 1946 1,086 died in an earthquake in southern Japan; 1948 the State of Eire (formerly the Irish Free State) declared its independence; 1954 Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted of the murder of his wife, Marilyn (inspired "The Fugitive"); 1968 David Crosby, Stephen Stills & Graham Nash premiered together in California; 1978 Police in Des Plaines IL, arrested John Wayne Gacy Jr for murder; 1979 Zimbabwe adopted its constitution; 1988 New York bound Pan Am jumbo jet (Flight 103) exploded over Scotland, killing all 259 people on the plane and 11 people on the ground; 1989 Vice-President Quayle sent out 30,000 Christmas cards with word beacon spelled 'beakon'; 1991 actress Jane Fonda married CNN-director Ted Turner (her birthday); 1994 Bomb exploded on #4 train on Fulton Street NYC;


Born today were: in 1117 Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket; 1804 British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli; 1850 Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold; 1879 Russian dictator Joseph Stalin Dzoegashvili; 1918 Nazi/ 4th UN Secretary General/Austrian President Kurt Waldheim; 1937 actress Jane Fonda; 1940 musician Frank Zappa; 1943 musician Albert Lee; 1944 actor Jared Martin; 1948 actress Carol Potter; 1957 comedian/actor Ray Romano; 1965 actor Andy Dick; 1978 actor Michael Vitar;

 


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