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October 20, 2003--Newsletter #255
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* Goodies Thoughts - In The Dragon's
* Q & A Goodies
* News Goodies
* Goodies Peer Reviews
* And Remember This...
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Goodies Thoughts - In The Dragon's Lair
The usual routine involves me typing out a new lead piece for
this newsletter each week. This week is a little different. This week will be a
great opportunity for those of you who enjoy finding typographical errors. I
have no intention of using a spell checker or grammar checker on this piece this
week. In fact, I have no intention of typing anything, or even of touching my
keyboard! That's right! This week I am dictating the entire piece into a voice
recognition program. I want to show you what can be accomplished with such a
program, and how far this kind of technology has progressed.
I just got my hands on a copy of Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 7. I am amazed at what this program can do and how easily it can be used, even by a complete novice such as myself. I installed this program about two hours ago. Over the past two hours, I have been going through the voice training and learning my way around the navigation and features of the program.
The ability of this program to recognize my voice, is very impressive. My accent is not an easy accent for a program to understand. I have lived a part of my life in Europe and a part of it in the United States. Consequently, I have what I call a Mid-Lantic accent. Some of my speech sounds are American and some of them are European. This program seems to learn faster than I do. The voice training took approximately ten minutes and the program is already doing an extraordinary job of understanding me. The remainder of the two hours has been spent by me learning to navigate in the program, to speak without mumbling or stuttering and to dictate in a consistent fashion. You can see for yourself the results.
I have tried using voice recognition programs in the past but have given up because the voice training was too arduous, navigation was too difficult or correcting errors was too complicated. It simply seemed that typing was just easier. I would have to say that is no longer the case. I believe I will spend considerable time with this program, and that it and I will become friends. As time goes by I will certainly get to know it better and I believe that it will get to me better. Isn't that what friends do? I will refrain however from giving it a name like Bertie or Sheila and referring to him or her. It already has the name Dragon, and I like that and can refer to it as "it".
"Wow! Vince is certainly rambling this week," you may be saying to yourself, but take a closer look at the complexities of some of the things that I have been saying and consider again the fact that I am not touching the keyboard this week. Each and every thing you see, words, punctuation, formatting and all are being put into the computer by voice alone. I promise you that I am not touching my mouse or my keyboard to make any corrections, to insert any punctuation, or to change any formatting.
I know that there are some people who are excellent typists. I am not one of them. For me typing is a time-consuming labor. Talking, however, is something I can definitely do! I believe that as I improve my dictation skills, I will be able to save a great deal of time with this program. If you, in your web development work, or even in your day life, spend much time typing, then you too might save some of that valuable time with this program. Not only that, but it is actually a little bit more fun to use a microphone than the keyboard!
Just to show off a little, now that I have gained more confidence, I would like to include a sentence that uses the words to, two, and too, as well as the words for and four, for no other reason than to show that they can be used together with no context to guide the selection of which one will be used when. I remind you, I opened the box that this program comes in two hours ago! I hope that you are is impressed with it is I am!
By the way, for those of you who do like looking for typo's, I have looked and I can see nun. <g> (Still no keyboard!)
Thanks for Reading!
- Vince Barnes
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 have volunteered to create a web site for a science fair at our local elementary school. I have just begun to write html, and find it really easy. I would like to know if you could recommend any good html editor, that at least had syntax checking and , I guess style sheet support. I want to keep it simple, so others who follow me in coming years will be able to maintain the site without having to learn something complicated.
A. Ease of use, inexpensive, style sheet support and I think the next version, 2003 might even have syntax checking, I would suggest FrontPage 2003, about $170. I have read a lot of very good reviews and it looks very promising. It will be available October 21st. Some would argue that FrontPage is for amateurs. I have used it since FrontPage 98 and have been very happy with it. It gets better with every version and from what I have been reading FP 2003 has it all. It is a WYSIWYG editor as well as an HTML editor. You can choose either or both at the same time with the new version. I have used Dreamweaver, about $400 and it is a great editor but the price is far greater than FrontPage and the learning curve is greater, in my humble opinion. If you are looking for a very nice editor that has everything you are looking for (no WYSIWYG) you can try CoffeeCup HTML Editor - http://www.coffeecup.com - about $50 and lifetime upgrades. I own it and use it also. very nice editor but not all of the bells and whistles as the others. For a free HTML editor with no WYSIWYG you can try 1st Page Editor - http://www.evrsoft.com I have never tried it but have heard good things about it.
A. If you want to reload a document in one frame frome another you could do this:
Then start it by using the onLoad event in the body tag:
This would reload the document in the frame named "framea" every 60,000 miliseconds (1 minute).
Q. My question is so basic that I can't find an answer in any of the FAQs or books I've read. What's the difference between .htm and .html, and it's other variants. Can you do more with one than the other? What about old file handling routines that still enforce the 8.3 file naming convention?
A. There is really no difference in the file names. The only issue that might cause a problem is if the server the site is on is set up to default to is .html extensions and you name yours .htm it could cause a problem. I think most hosting servers are set up to default on either. They usually tell you their default extensions somewhere in the help files for setting up a web page.
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 which is just a blank
space to make some space between the 3 tables. Here is a example of
<table summary="large table" align="center" width="100%" border="0"
<table summary="Menu Table" width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="0"
<td width="5%"> </td>
<table summary="Main Table" width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="0"
<td width="5%"> </td>
<table summary="New Menu Table" width="100%" border="1"
<tr align="center"><td>New Menu</td></tr>
Task Force Deploys IPv6 Pilot Network
[October 20, 2003] Dept. of Defense hopes to complete transition to IPv6 for all inter and intra networking across the DoD by FY 2008.
IBM, Adobe Lock in Partnership for Document Services
[October 20, 2003] IBM will bundle Adobe document services across its software brands, beginning with DB2 Content Manager, to bolster its content management capabilities.
Symantec Purchases SafeWeb
[October 20, 2003] Deal adds a SSL-based VPN solution to its product portfolio.
Monster To Debut Networking For Job Seekers
[October 20, 2003] Wanting to build on the popularity of it job search site, the company nabbed Classmates.com's president and started its own service.
iTunes Throws Down An iGauntlet
[October 20, 2003] Apple's marketing finesse will let it out perform Napster and MusicMatch, that is until Microsoft gets more involved, say analysts.
Intel, iAnywhere Lend a Hand to Wireless Developers
[October 20, 2003] The companies are offering a new Wi-Fi toolkit aimed at fueling wireless application development.
MailFrontier Holds The Line Against Phishing
[October 20, 2003] The Palo Alto, Calif.-based messaging security firm debuts its new Matador consumer app as a filter for fraudulent e-mails.
Another Microsoft Patch, Another Masquerade
[October 20, 2003] Another virus posing as a patch from Microsoft, which never issues security patches via e-mail, is actually a Trojan Horse, experts warn.
EarthLink Tunes in Radio Shack
[October 20, 2003] Quickly and cheaply expanding distribution, the ISP will sell through 5,000 of the retailer's U.S. stores.
Bill Aims to Curb Patriot Act Powers
[October 20, 2003] Legislation would limit authority for 'sneak and peak' warrants that allow FBI to search individual computer files without prior notice.
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Windows Tech Goodie of the Week:
Classic ASP Barcode Generator
This script will generate Code39 (or Code 3-for-9) barcodes. You'll find these barcodes on staff and student ID badges, video rental cards and so on. Now you can generate and use them on your own.
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SVG Developers Start Your Engines
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced a series of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) competitions that will be held over the next few months.
And Remember This . . .
On this day in...
1973 Sydney Opera House Opens
On October 20th, 1973 the Sydney Opera House was opened and dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II of the UK. The famous building which dominates Sydney Harbour took fifteen years to build and cost $80 million. It was designed by Danish architect Jxrn Utzon. The building incorporates several auditoriums and hosts 2 million+ visitors annually at 3000+ performances, the first of which was the Australian Opera's production of Prokoviev's War and Peace.
Today was also the day that: in 1803 the US Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase; 1818 the 49th parallel was established as the border between the US and Canada; 1905 the Great General Strike began in Russia; 1911 Roald Amundsen started out for the South Pole; 1930 British White Paper restricted Jews from buying Arab land; 1947 the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood; 1964 150 arrested in rioting at a Rolling Stones concert in Paris; 1968 Jacqueline Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis married; 1973 William Shatner and Marcy Lafferty married; 1977 Charter plane crash killed three members of rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd; 1983 IBM PC-DOS 2.1 Released; 1988 in a crackdown on the IRA Britain ended a suspects right to remain silent; 1991 actress Lisa Hartman and country singer Clint Black married;
Born today were: in 1632 English architect (and astronomer) Sir Christopher Wren; 1823 English author Thomas Hughes (Tom Brown's School Days); 1859 philosopher John Dewey; 1889 actress Margaret Dumont; 1911 actor Will Rogers Jr.; 1913 French film director Jean-Pierre Melville; 1925 columnist Art Buchwald; 1931 NY Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle; 1932 actor William Christopher; 1934 actor Martin Landau; 1935 actor Jerry Orbach; 1946 US news anchor Connie Chung; 1950 actress Finola Hughes; 1953 singer Tom Petty; 1958 Yugoslavian pianist Ivo Pogorelich; 1967 actress Susan Tulley;
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