Goodies To Go! Newsletter #364

By Vince Barnes

Goodies to Go (tm)
November 22, 2005 -- Newsletter # 3
This newsletter is part of the network.


Featured this week:
*   Goodies Thoughts - A World of Thanks
*   Q & A Goodies
*   News Goodies
*   Feedback Goodies
*   Windows Tech Goodie of the Week 
*   And Remember This...
A World of Thanks
This time of year, in this part of the world there is a holiday celebration called "Thanksgiving".  It's a fun holiday, based as it is, more on tradition than on any particular religion.  While it may well have had its roots in a religious holiday, it is today more about gathering family members together and spending a little time reflecting of things we have to be thankful for.  Of course, one of those things is (traditionally) too much to eat and drink!  However, in the spirit of thankfulness, I like to spend a few moments with you at this reflecting on some of the great things to have come into my life over the past few years -- at least into my professional life! (My personal life I'll share with my family later!)
The Internet tops the list, of course, because it is the means whereby all of our lives have been transformed - not just our work lives, but, especially in my case, most aspects of my life.  Communication is the mechanism through which we can reach understanding and the Internet is such an amazing communication medium that it has reach into every corner of the world to help us all to learn to understand each other.  Thanks for the Internet!
To every blogger out there - "Thanks!"  Also referred to as "civilian reporters", a name which I think is great, bloggers are entertaining, informing, thought provoking and are responsible for some of the finest reporting to come out of troubled parts of our Earth.
To all the engineers and manufacturers around the world who keep creating these wonderful tools and toys I use all the time - thanks a million - I hope you keep right on doing it, and if you get rich doing so, that's all right with me (just please don't take too much money from me!)
More than anything, though, I like to take a few moments at this time of year to thank you, my loyal Goodies to Go Readers and all the HTML Goodies fans out there for your support.  It is you who enable us to keep this site and newsletter going, and for that I am most thankful.
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 making a web page and for the menu I'm using a (menu.js) file to be included into the page through JavaScript. However, this is not working. I don't know why because I've got it to work before. I've tested it on and also offline on my web browser.
(Another question, could the include file be in the form menu.txt or must it be .js?)
Here's the code:----------
<.li><.a href="i.intro.html">Introduction<./a><./li>
<.li>Functions of the Nervous System<./li>
<.li>Components of the Nervous System<./li>
<.li>Comparison Between Humans and Other Organisms<./li>
<.li>Diseases that Affect the Nervous System<./li>
<.li>Interaction of the Nervous System with Other Body Systems<./li>
<.h2>Links According to Component<./h2>
<.li>Central Nervous System<./li>
<.li>Peripheral NervousSystem<./li>
<.meta name="author" content="Jeffrey Bridgman">
<.meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;
charset=shift_jis"<.meta http-equiv="content-style-type"
content="text/css"<.meta name="robots" content="none"<.link
href="bio.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet"<.title>The Nervous
<.script language="javascript" type="text/javascript"
<.p class="bnav">&lt; Home | Next &gt;<./p>
A. I believe the problem is with the link you have in the document.write() statement.  You cannot have double quotes within double quotes.  Change those to single quotes and see if that works.  Like this:
<.a href='i.intro.html'>
Q. I was curious about shopping carts and wondering what type programming was need to created these.
A.  Shopping carts are written in different languages and use different technologies. You server type will determine what you can use and cannot use. I use Active Server Pages(ASP) and for that I need to host on a Windows server. A UNIX server will support PERL and PHP. There are JavaScript carts but I have never used them. The shopping cart features will tell you if it updates the product amount.

Q. I found a script that disallows the right clicking to "view  source" which is great.. however is there another code that disallows the ability to click on the "Source" option under the View Toolbar?
A. There is no way to stop them from viewing the source using the "view source" option.

Q. My site uses 3 frames, heading, links and the third is the body, which is the only thing that changes as you move through different parts of the site.  I'm using css for fonts, colors and background images on the site. I would like to use a watermark logo, but I do not want to show it in the heading or links frames, only the body. Is there some way to override the background image in the css file in my heading and links frame so it remains as just a white background?
A. Put a class="withbg" in the body tag of your BODY.
Put the background declaration in body.withbg {background-image....}

Q. When clicking on a selection, it opens the new page in a new window.  How do I get the script to open the page in the same window?
A. If you remove the target="_blank"  in each link it will open the document in the same page.

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:
question about maintaining space in sentence:
Setting an element's opacity separately to the body opacity:
News Goodies
Hackers Change Course
[November 22, 2005] A new SANS 2005 Top 20 list of Internet vulnerabilities shows a shift in what attackers are going after. And it's not just operating systems anymore.
Read the article:

Video Syndication AOL's Next Big Thing
[November 22, 2005] NetTV startup Brightcove gets a broad video distribution deal with AOL, and some VC love. 
Read the article:

Microsoft Wants Open XML as Doc Standard
[November 22, 2005] Redmond modifies the license for its Office Open XML file format and pushes for standards adoption.
Read the article:

New BlackBerry Sports Verizon Broadband
[November 22, 2005] Meanwhile, an ISV offers low-cost push e-mail for Palm's Treo.   
Read the article:

Unpatched IE Flaw Now Exploitable
[November 21, 2005] Security firm published proof-of-concept code for a six-month-old unpatched IE flaw.
Read the article:

Compliance Creates New Storage Needs
[November 22, 2005] SenSage and EMC partner to tap a new data storage market: managing information about the security of information.
Read the article:

Ask Jeeves Adds Multimedia Search Results
[November 22, 2005] Ringtones are just the tip of the media download iceburg in this GoFish alliance.
Read the article:

E-Forms Software to The Workplace Rescue?
[November 22, 2005] IBM Workplace Forms is the company's stab at putting electronic forms software onto customers' computers.
Read the article:

A White Hat Approach to Web 'Cloaking'
[November 22, 2005] Benign cloaking service from Dipsie aims to make Web sites more visible to search engines. 
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Sony Sued Over DRM Rootkit
[November 21, 2005] UPDATED: Sony BMG's copy-protection software draws two separate lawsuits.  
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:
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Thanks for all your feedback!

Windows Tech Goodie of the Week 
Examining ASP.NET 2.0's Site Navigation - Part 1
This article is the first on a series of articles on ASP.NET 2.0's site navigation functionality. This first part of the series examines the basics of site navigation, showing how to create a simple site map using the default XML-based site map provider.

*** AND ***

Basic Debugging in Classic ASP
While ASP.NET has some built in tools to aid in debugging, classic ASP is relatively lacking in that regard. This tip will show you an easy way to check the values of your application's variables and then stop execution before you do any database writes or anything else you might not want to do while testing.

*** AND ***

Using Visual Studio .NET Wizards to Create an N-Tiered Application - Part 2
This article is the second part of David Catherman's series on using Visual Studio .NET Wizards to create N-tiered applications. This time around David looks at new version of .NET and Visual Studio .NET 2005 which offer several enhancements that change the way database-centric applications are developed.

And Remember This ...
1963 John F. Kennedy Assassinated
In one of the most infamous and subsequently controversial assassinations of the twentieth century, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was fatally shot on this day in 1963 while riding in a Lincoln convertible through the streets of Dallas, Texas.  At 12:30 p.m., as the car passed the Texas School Book Depository Building, Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots from the sixth floor, fatally wounding President Kennedy and seriously injuring Texas Governor Connally. Half an hour later, Kennedy was pronounced dead at Dallas Parkland Hospital.  On November 24, Oswald, who had ties to the USSR and to Cuba, was being moved from the Dallas police HQ to a more secure county jail, when he was shot dead with a single shot fired by Jack Ruby, FKA Jacob Rubenstein.  Ruby, who plead innocent by reason of insanity (he supposedly suffered from "psychomotor epilepsy" caused by grief at Kennedy's assassination, and so shot Ruby "unconsciously") was found guilty of "murder with malice" and sentenced to death.  Ruby was alleged to have ties to organized crime.  Circumstances led to many conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination.  In 1964 the Warren Commission report concluded that "neither Oswald nor Ruby were part of a larger conspiracy, either domestic or international, to assassinate President Kennedy", but in 1978 the House Select Committee on Assassinations reported that Kennedy was "probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy", and that multiple shooters and organized crime might have been involved.  The controversy continues still today, as there are firm believers on both sides of the discussion.

Today was also the day that in: 1718 English pirate Edward :Blackbeard" Teach died off the coast of Virginia; 1842 Mount St. Helens erupted; 1886 The Victoria Street Cable Tram began operation in Melbourne Australia; 1910 Arthur Knight received a paten for steel shafted golf clubs; 1916 author Jack London died of kidney disease; 1928 Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" was first publicly performed (Paris); 1932 a pump capable of calculating the quantity and price of fluid it delivered was patented; 1935 the flying boat "China Clipper" took off from California with 100,000 pieces of mail on the first trans-pacific airmail flight; 1963 the Beatles released their second album, "With The Beatles", in the UK; 1963 English author Aldous Huxley died; 1963 English author C.S. Lewis died; 1967 the BBC (unofficially) banned the Beatles' song "I am The Walrus"; 1968 the Beatles released their only double album, nameless, but dubbed the "White Album" for its plain white cover; 1975 Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain (following the Nov. 20 death of dictator Francisco Franco, who had no idea that Juan Carlos would reinstitute democracy); 1977 regular Concorde flights between Europe and NY began; 1989 Conjunction of Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn & the Moon, and Eastern Airlines pilots and flight attendants ended their strike, but most of them were not rehired; 1990 US President George Bush (Sr.) visited troops in Saudi Arabia for the Thanksgiving Holiday; 1990 Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as British Prime Minister;

Born today were: in 1819 English author George Elliot; 1888 Edgar Rice Burroughs' fictional character Tarzan of the Apes; 1899 actor and songwriter Hoagie Carmichael; 1904 actor Roland Winters; 1906 actress Lee Patrick; 1910 actress Mary Jackson; 1913 English composer Benjamin Britten; 1921 comedian Rodney Dangerfield; 1932 actor Robert Vaughn; 1935 actor Michael Callan; 1939 actor Allen Gerfield; 1940 actor, comedian, animator (the American in Monty Python) Terry Gilliam; 1943 tennis star Billie Jean King; 1958 actress Jamie Lee Curtis; 1961 actress Mariel Hemmingway; 1966 English Nicholas Rowe; 1967 Tennis star Boris Becker;

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