Goodies to Go (tm)
December 23, 2002-- Newsletter #212

By Vince Barnes


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Goodies to Go (tm)
December 23, 2002--Newsletter #212

This newsletter is part of the internet.com network.

Featured this week:

* Goodies Thoughts - World Wide Wish.
* 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.





Goodies Thoughts - World Wide Wish.

We frequently hear the name of the World Wide Web shortened to "the Web". As web site developers it would probably serve us well to remember that the most distinctive and possibly the most important aspect if its title is contained in its first two words -- the ones that are missing from the abbreviation. We should remember that our audience is "World Wide" and not just in our little corner of it. Thinking along those lines inspired the following thoughts.

I my corner of the world, there is a melee of people scurrying around preparing for what is to them the most important holiday of the year. The holiday is of course, Christmas. As I prepare to send this newsletter out to our web developer audience I am, as is to be expected, wanting to wish you all a happy Christmas. To all you Christians, I do! And to all you non-Christians who supply Christmas goods to Christians, I wish you a happy Christmas too!!

I don't want, however to ignore the balance of my audience. If my audience was ten thousand strong, and represented a cross section of our global community, only thirty-three hundred of you would be Christian. Twenty-two hundred of you would be Islamic, fifteen hundred would be Hindu, six hundred would be Buddhist and four hundred would be Chinese Traditional. Six hundred more of you would be followers of Sikhism, Juche, Spiritism, Judaism, Baha'i, Jainism, Shinto, Cao Dai, Tenrikyo, Paganism, Unitarianism, Rastafarianism, Scientology, Zoroastrianism or another religion, while the remaining fourteen hundred would either be atheistic or would have no religion at all (atheistic being those that would say there is no supreme being, and the others, secular and agnostic, don't ask the question in the first place and remain neutral, belief-wise.)

Now this little list of interesting facts didn't just pop into my head. I wish my head worked like that! Einstein once said that the greatest knowledge a person can possess is the address of the local library -- he didn't have the internet available, obviously! Doing some research on the Web enabled me to discover these statistics, and a whole lot more about the religions I mentioned - some of which I hadn't even heard of before. In fact, everything worth knowing (and a bunch of facts and information that might not be <grin>) can be found somewhere on the Web. As the Web grows, so does the pool of human knowledge, and vice-versa.

Wars are fought all too frequently in the name of religion. It is my belief that understanding leads to tolerance and peace. Tolerance, by the way, seems to be an important tenet of all these religions. Knowledge leads to understanding, and knowledge can be obtained from the World Wide Web.

The World Wide Web comes from you.

So to all you Web Developers, whatever your religion, background or origin, I wish you wonderful things at this time of the highest holy day of the Christian religion, and thank you for all the work you do to enlighten me via the unprecedented, most magnificent, global communications medium of the World Wide Web. May your creative skills continue to grow, and your knowledge and wisdom continue to flow.

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 http://www.htmlgoodies.com/mentors/.


Q. I'm having problems getting my style sheets to work in Netscape, they work beautifully in IE. The version I'm running is Netscape communicator 4.7.

A. Netscape 4.7 has major problems coping with the complicated CSS. So welcome to the club! The best thing you can do is to keep trying workarounds to make the site look OK for both browsers.

Q. I am trying to set up a form. Is there a way to force the "To:" address? I've set up the action="mailto:###", but when I test the form my email keeps opening with all the text filled in, but the "To:" space is blank.

The problem is the newer browsers don't support e-mail forms. You have to use a server side script. Your web host may have something you can use. There are also the Perl and ASP tutorials on the site ( http://www.htmlgoodies.com ) which will help. Check with your web host to find out what languages they support.


Q. How do I make three tables all on the same line with a space between them?

A. You make one large table at 100 percent width and a border of zero,
with one row then add your three tables in the large tables <td>
tags. Play around with the <td> widths to get the size you need. You
can add a couple <td> tags with the code &nbsp; which is just a blank
space to make some space between the 3 tables. Here is a example of
the code:
<table summary="large table" align="center" width="100%" border="0"
cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
<td width="30%">
<table summary="Menu Table" width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="0"
<tr align="center"><td>Menu</td></tr>
<td width="5%">&nbsp;</td>
<td width="30%">
<table summary="Main Table" width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="0"
<tr align="center"><td>Main</td></tr>
<td width="5%">&nbsp;</td>
<td width="30%">
<table summary="New Menu Table" width="100%" border="1"
cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
<tr align="center"><td>New Menu</td></tr>

Q. Is there a way to create a menu of hyperlinks over an image? I want a text menu over my left margin images without having to create image links.

A. Use the image as the background of a table cell and place the links in the table cell.

. When making an ordered list, is there a way to make the numbers of the ordered list bold without making the entire content of the ordered list bold?

A. Yes, put bold tags around the li tags. <b><li></b>

Q. I am building a new site that is offering songs written for customers. The owner of the company wants customers to be able to hear a song that has been written for them. How do I keep the songs from being downloaded and stolen?

There's the simple way and complex way. The complex way is to come up with a password protected section of the site in which users get access only to what they're supposed to have access to. The simple way is to send them the link without putting a link on the site, so only the customer has it. If you don't allow directory browsing, the only way someone could get the song would be to guess the file name. Make them hard to guess and you solve that.





News Goodies

White House Scrambles to Defuse Privacy Concerns
[December 23, 2002] Bush's cybersecurity advisor Richard Clarke claims the proposed Internet monitoring system would be used only to track highly aggregated information on the overall health of the Internet. (see Monitoring System, below)

Click here to read the article


Sprint, Samsung Collaborate on Palm Phone
[December 23, 2002] Sprint and Samsung unveil a new phone which combines the capabilities of the Palm operating system and Sprint's PCS Vision data network.

Click here to read the article


Court Finds Madster in Contempt
[December 23, 2002] File swapping service facing up to $51,000 in fines for ignoring November order to discontinue service.

Click here to read the article


President Bush to Propose Internet Monitoring System
The Bush administration will propose a new Internet monitoring system and will require ISPs to help build the system and track their users, according to reports.

Click here to read the article



IBM, Microsoft Publish Web Services Specs
[December 18, 2002] Microsoft and IBM publish their previously outlined Web services specifications for conducting e-business.

Click here to 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 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/

Many thanks to the writer of the suggestion concerning the code included in this newsletter. I don't have your name, but you hail from Home Front Studios. As you can see in this issue, we have used your suggested technique.

Also thanks to Eileen Craun who provided this suggestion as a alternative to SSI for the Q&A question regarding a simplified header and footer:
Our server does not support this, so I use a line of JavaScript to call an external .txt file like so:
<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="scripts/header.txt"></script>
Within the scripts folder I have both a header and a footer that are called from every page. Doing it like this I can update just one file, yet have all my pages update.





And Remember This . . .

On this day in...

1948: Japanese War Criminals Hanged in Tokyo
In Tokyo, Japan, Hideki Tojo, former Japanese premier and chief of the Kwantung Army, is executed along with six other top Japanese leaders for their war crimes during World War II. Seven of the defendants were also found guilty of committing crimes against humanity, especially in regard to their systematic genocide of the Chinese people.
Unlike the Nuremberg trial of German war criminals, where there were four chief prosecutors representing Great Britain, France, the United States, and the USSR, the Tokyo trial featured only one chief prosecutor--American Joseph B. Keenan, a former assistant to the U.S. attorney general. However, other nations, especially China, contributed to the proceedings, and Australian judge William Flood Webb presided. In addition to the central Tokyo trial, various tribunals sitting outside Japan judged some 5,000 Japanese guilty of war crimes, of whom more than 900 were executed.



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