Goodies To Go! Newsletter #361

By Vince Barnes

Goodies to Go (tm)
November 1, 2005 -- Newsletter # 3
This newsletter is part of the network.


Featured this week:
*   Goodies Thoughts - Goodies Housekeeping

*   Q & A Goodies
*   News Goodies
*   Feedback Goodies
*   Windows Tech Goodie of the Week 
*   And Remember This...
Goodies Housekeeping
That's right, this week's Thoughts involve themselves with a little Goodies housekeeping.  First up, there are changes this week to your favorite newsletter.  Nothing that currently exists is changing or being removed, but there is a new addition, namely "Discussion Goodies".
The sharp eyed folks among you may have noticed at the bottom of the HTML Goodies Home Page the "HTML Goodies Discussion Forums".  There are two great ways to use these forums.  First, you can browse through the threads (conversations) in the forum and learn from all the advice folks give and suggestions they make.  I do this quite a lot and it's surprising how often you can pick up a great idea this way.
You can also register in the forums (it's completely free!) and post your questions or join in existing conversations.  In this way, you can get specific answers to those things that are irritating you or stopping you from finishing your work.
The Discussion Goodies section highlights a few threads that might be of particular interest to you and provides you with a convenient link directly into that thread.  I strongly encourage you to take a look into these forums -- I think you will find a resource that may just become one of your most valued tools.
The next item on my housekeeping list concerns itself with file/section organization.  When you design your websites, I know that you spend considerable time thinking about how best to organize all the sections it contains and how to make them easy for your visitors to find.  I do the same with HTML Goodies.  However, I am only me.  You are hundreds of thousands of you!  How remiss it would be of me to think I know better than you!  For that reason I would like to ask for your input.  Please send me your suggestions for better organizing the HTML Goodies site to with the words "Site Organization" (only those words) in the subject.  I look forward to studying your ideas!
Lastly I would also like, for the same reasons to ask for your input concerning "Goodies Thoughts".  This section is basically my thoughts for the week and is most usually based on things that are happening around me.  If you have something in particular that you would like to hear my thought about, please send your request to the same email address with the words "Thoughts thoughts" in the subject (again, only these words please -- they are being picked up by my incoming mail filters and gathered in one place for my review.  Variations might not be recognized and so your suggestions could be lost.)
OK, that's it for my housekeeping items of the week -- except to say thanks in advance for all your input, and thanks for your continued loyalty to Goodies To Go and the HTML Goodies website!
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'm trying to design a personal portfolio site and need to have people click on my thumbnails to see larger images in a new window... easy.  However I found a site that makes it hard for people to save/steal copyright materials- it makes the new window close when it is clicked on... I can't figure out how to do this.
A. You could use the onClick event in the body tag.  Of course they can still steal your images because the images have to be downloaded to your PC for your browser to display them.  The body tag would look like this:
<body onClick="window.close()">
This will only work if the window was opened using the JavaScript command.
Q. I'm making an imagemap in Photoshop.  The imagemap is just made up of housing parcels.  What I want to do is have it so that if you place your cursor on the parcel, a number will pop up.  I figure I could do this by doing a rollover graphic, but for 200+ individual parcels, that would take a long time.  Is there a simple way to have the imapemap be unclickable, but also have it so when you place the cursor on the parcel information would popup?
A. You could use the TITLE attribute in the <A> tag.
<area href="#" shape="rect" coords="20, 43, 231, 281" title="This is parcel number 218">
That will create a Pop Up message similar to the ALT attribute in the IMG tag. Using "#" should it so the link does not anywhere if the user happens to click on it.
As a side note, the TITLE attribute should be used on your actual links also. This will help the search engines when indexing your website and help vision impaired people that use screen readers.

Q. I am trying to put a list of data in a table format so that it will take up less of the page length.  The code looks like this:
<TD> <LI>Armors and Weapons </TD>
<TD> <LI>Art, Poetry and Music </TD>
<TD> <LI>Castles </TD>
<TD> <LI>Cathedrals and Monasteries</TD>
<TD> <LI>Coats of Arms (Heraldry)</TD>
<TD> <LI>Dragons and Beasts </TD>
<TD> <LI>Heroes and Legends </TD>
<TD> <LI>Illuminated Manuscripts </TD>
<TD> <LI>Knights</TD>
<TD> <LI>Mages and Wizards</TD>
<TD> <LI>Medieval History </TD>
<TD> <LI>Medieval Life </TD>
<TD> <LI>Sites for Kids </TD>
<TD> <LI>Medieval School Projects </TD>
<TD> <LI>Illuminated Manuscripts </TD>
It did a great job of putting the list into three bulleted columns, but for some reason, in doing so, the font size shrunk.  The rest of the page is font size="3".  I tried changing the height, putting a font size command in the TD brackets, and a few other places, but I just can't seem to get it to work.  I searched the HTML Goodies site but couldn't find an answer.  How do I change the look of the writing within a table?
A. You should be using a style sheet to control your font sizes. This way you can designate the size once, in the style sheet and everything on the page will stay consistant.
For instance, if you wanted all of your lists to be VERDANA and size 11px you wouls place this code in the between <HEAD> tags of your HTML:
<style type=text/css>
li { font-family: verdana; font-size: 11px }
Now take a look at all of your lists.
Read the tutorial on the HTMLGoodies site that can be found here:


Q. Hello, how can I use a jpeg picture of my own as
<BODY BGCOLOR="C:\WINDOWS\Desktop\HTML\orange.jpg"> ?
A. The first problem is your code instructs the browser where to find the file on your PC, so it will work only on your PC. You need to use a relative URL, so you can upload your site to your server and it will still work. Typically images are in a directory called "images" which is a subdirectory of the directory which holds your HTML files, so you should create such a directory and code the background like so:
<body background="images/orange.jpg">.
Also note the the attribute for a background image is "background." "bgcolor" is for a background color. 

Q. How is SHTML related to HTML?
A. The .shtml extension means that server side includes (SSI) code is being used with the html code. Here is a link describing it:
Discussion Goodies
Have you seen the discussion forums on the HTML Goodies website?  It's a great place to get help from others who, just like you, are developing web pages.  Many different topics appear in the forum, and a new one will appear if you create it!  Here's a sample of recent topics:
Numeric test (what is wrong with the code?):
News Goodies
Oracle in Free Pursuit of MySQL DB
[November 1, 2005] The software maker offers a free database in the hopes of slowing MySQL's momentum.
Read the article:

SuperPages Gears Up for Holiday Shoppers
[November 1, 2005] Verizon's Internet yellow pages service adds community features and comparison shopping tools.
Read the article:

Good Tidings For Online Retailers in 2005
[November 1, 2005] Online shopping expected to increase this holiday season.
Read the article:

Fabric7 Plays Ace in Crowded Server Market
[November 1, 2005] The startup aims to blend powerful computing and networking as an alternative to servers from IBM, Sun, Dell and HP.   
Read the article:

High Court Rejects Microsoft Browser Appeal
[October 31, 2005] U.S. Supreme Court won't weigh in on whether Microsoft's foreign Windows sales carry a penalty.
Read the article:

No Treats from Dell
[October 31, 2005] Dell had no Halloween treat for investors on Monday, instead issuing a warning that its quarterly sales and earnings will be below Wall Street expectations.
Read the article:

Fraud Meets Its Match on Internet
[October 31, 2005] The FBI and online job seeker giant Monster Worldwide lead an anti-Internet fraud initiative.
Read the article:

PHP Users at Risk?
[October 31, 2005] Multiple security vulnerabilities in PHP are patched in new release of PHP 4.4.1 though PHP 5.x users are still at risk.
Read the article:

McAfee Strengthens Foundstone Arm
[October 31, 2005] The company puts remote management and regulatory compliance in the hands of its IT management and vulnerability assessment arm.
Read the article:

Piecing Together The Sun Google Puzzle
[October 31, 2005] When you put the parts together, this partnership could add up to something.  
Read the article:

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 helps 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
Thanks for all your feedback!

Windows Tech Goodie of the Week 
Using DataSets Without a Database in ASP.NET
Sometimes you don't have a database table to work with, but you still want the data that your page presents to be dynamic.  In this article, Steve Schwarting illustrates how to work with serialized DataSets without an attached database in ASP.NET.

*** AND ***

HTML-Formatted Email ASP.NET Sample Code
Tired of sending plain text email messages from your website?  Now you don't have to... this sample will show you how to send email messages from ASP.NET that can be as lively as a web page.

*** AND ***

Making Authenticated HTTP Requests from an ASP.NET Page
This article, by Scott Mitchell, discusses the common authentication protocols used by web servers and then looks at how to make programmatic HTTP requests to a resource that requires authentication.
And Remember This ...
1993 European Union established
In 1991 delegates from the European Community drafted a treaty designed to strengthen the bonds between European countries, creating a European parliament, a central bank and common foreign and security policies.  The treaty. which was developed in Maastricht, Holland, was signed in 2992 and took effect on this day in 1993.  At that time, the twelve signing countries were the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Irish Republic, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Denmark, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. In 1995, Austria, Finland, and Sweden joined the Union.  These member nations were joined in 2002 by Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.  In addition to these 25 members, there are four candidate countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey.  The formation of the European Union is quite an accompplishment, considering the centuries of wars its members have fought with each other.
Today was also the day that in: 79 Pompei was buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius; 1512 Michaelangelo Buonarroti's painting's on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican were first exhibited; 1604 William Shakespeare's "Othello" was first presented; 1611 William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" was first presented; 1755 50,000 die in an earthquake in Lisbon; 1870 the US Weather Bureau began its operations; 1922 the Ottoman Empire was abolished; 1932 Wernher von Braun was named head of German liquid-fuel rocket program; 1936 Mussolini described alliance between Italy & Germany as an "axis"; 1939 The first animal (a rabbit) conceived by artificial insemination was displayed; 1942 John H Johnson published the first issue of Negro Digest; 1945 John H Johnson published the first issue of Ebony magazine; 1951 John H Johnson published the first issue of Jet magazine; 1952 The first hydrogen bomb was exploded at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific; 1969 Beatles' "Abbey Road," album went to  #1 & stayed there for 11 weeks; 1970 Discotheque in Grenoble France caught fire with all its exits padlocked & 142 died; 1976 Gilbert Is (Kiribati) obtained internal self-governmentt from Britain; 1988 Actor Jeff Goldblum married actress Geena Davis in Las Vegas; 1990 Sandra Miller was awarded $100 for Mike Tyson fondling her breasts;

Born today were: in 1500 sculptor Benvenuto Cellini; 1798 brewer & Mayor of Dublin Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness; 1915 English actor Michael Dennison; 1929 actress Betsy Palmer; 1935 golfer Gary Player; 1939 actress Barbara Blossom; 1942 publisher / pornographer Larry Flynt; 1942 actress Marcia Wallace; 1944 English musician Keith Emerson; 1960 actress Elizabeth Dennehy; 1963 musician Rick Allen;

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