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various freepers | Refreshed 6 Dec 02 | various freepers

Posted on 12/06/2002 9:33:54 AM PST by TPartyType


Welcome Newcomers!

This Sandbox is devoted to giving you a place to practice basic HTML, and to get some coaching.


So, first things first:

Go to michigander's [ HTML Bootcamp (Cyber patriot training)] and learn there how to change font color, font size, font face, and the like.
THERE'S A WEALTH OF INFORMATION THERE NOT COVERED HERE (so as to avoid duplication).
Learn there also how to post a link and an image, then come back here to practice.

If you're having problems, folks will drop by occasionally to give you pointers and help you troubleshoot.


Boring posts are a crime . . .

So practice here first!


NEWCOMERS TIP: I just reread the FreeRepublic posting guidelines. They're worth a read by all newcomers [click here].


Following is an excellent previous post by Willie Green

But first, HTML advice from the FreeRepublic help page:

Basic HTML
The Free Republic forum uses standard HTML coding techniques. Use <p> to start new paragraphs. You may use <b> to begin bolding and <center> to center text, but please remember to end these items where appropriate with </b> and/or </center>, etc. If you post links or other advanced coding, be sure to test before posting.

Creating new paragraphs is about the only html that most posters ever need, but if you would like to learn more about html you may use any search engine on the internet to find tutorials. Simply search on "html tutorial". Here are links to a couple tutorials that I found:

The Basics

Paragraphs, Line Breaks and Horizontal Lines
A lengthy article or reply can be very tedious to read if it does not contain some very simple HTML formating. Inserting either of the following codes will make your post much more readable:


Character Formatting
Simple special effects may be created using Character Formatting Codes. These codes are used in pairs in the format: <?>words to be formatted</?>, where <?> turns the formatting "ON" and </?> turns the formating "OFF".

Please: ALWAYS turn "OFF" the formatting when you use it.

Some commonly used codes of this type are:

These codes can be "nested" to produce multiple effects at the same time. For instance:

<b><i>Bold and Italic</i></b> produces Bold and Italic


Links
The method for posting a HTML link is fairly simple. The following format is used:

<a HREF="URL">Link Description</a>

where "URL" is the URL address you want to link to (and you gotta use the double quotes), and Link Description is whatever you want to call your link. For example:

<a HREF="http://www.drudgereport.com/">Link to Drudge</a>

becomes Link to Drudge


And another from the same previous post:

<FONT COLOR="COLOR">Sample</FONT> produces colorful text.

"COLOR" is often a Hexidecimal Code for whatever Color you want, but color names are also supported.
Examples:

<FONT COLOR="blue">blue text</font> produces blue text

<FONT COLOR="red">red text</font> produces red text

<FONT COLOR="green">green text</font> produces green text


To: foolproof formatting

Here is an easy way to REMEMBER TO TURN OFF THE FORMATTING.

To be sure I turn off the formatting I TYPE THE "OFF" COMMAND AT THE SAME TIME AS THE "ON" COMMAND.

An example:
I want to respond to a line in a post by another brilliant Freeper.
I type < I >""< /I >< BR>
I then "cut and paste" his remarks between the quotes:
< i>" You are a poopy head "< /I>< BR>
And type my equally brilliant response: "No, you're a poopy head!"
The result:

"You are a poopy head"
No, you're a poopy head!

It's very easy to forget to turn off your formatting!
Yes it is!


To: ftrader, deport

Actually, the <ul> tag is for a bulleted list and stands for unordered list. The missing part is the list item tag (<li>) Here's an example:

<ul>
<li>List item #1
<li>List item #2
<li>List item #3
</ul>

Would display:


Finally . . .

Here's the link for [Webmonkey] (a super HTML training site).


TOPICS: Free Republic; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: faq; html; htmlpractice; htmlsandbox; sandbox; yeehaaaaaa
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To: steveegg
That makes sense. Just didn't see how to do it anywhere. Found a good source for color codes of the largest ranges of colors Color Codes
41 posted on 12/06/2002 1:28:53 PM PST by GailA
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To: steveegg
A   B   C   D   E   Did I do it right?



A  B  C  D  E  

42 posted on 12/06/2002 1:41:07 PM PST by GailA
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To: TPartyType
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43 posted on 12/06/2002 1:43:43 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: GailA
Sure looks like it.

-Your friendly temp drill instructor

44 posted on 12/06/2002 2:06:31 PM PST by steveegg
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To: steveegg
<span>
This text should have a yellow background, but doesn't.

IIRC, the span tag isn't disabled, but the "style" attribute (the only one that's really useful in 'span') is. Too bad, since there are many things that can only be done with the style attribute including setting precise font sizes [generally annoying unless it's necessary to make text fit a fixed-sized item, in which case its lack is annoying] and controlling background colors for text outside of tables.

45 posted on 12/06/2002 3:42:03 PM PST by supercat
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To: supercat; John Robinson
Close enough. Still irritating though (I can't remember why JohnRob pulled that particular attribute/tag off the list of working tags).
46 posted on 12/06/2002 3:50:58 PM PST by steveegg
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To: steveegg
(I can't remember why JohnRob pulled that particular attribute/tag off the list of working tags)

I asked him that. He said that it is possible for the style= attribute to force text outside the boundaries of a post. He said that he hoped to censor the specific subproperties that would allow such a thing, but was too busy at the moment. That was over a year ago I think.

BTW, I think the style= tag is allowed in a main-article posting but not in replies, and there are two reasons behind it: (1) main articles are more likely to contain pre-existing formatting that the restriction would mess up; (2) someone posting a main article would have no reason to bollux up his own thread.

47 posted on 12/06/2002 4:36:31 PM PST by supercat
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To: steveegg
(I can't remember why JohnRob pulled that particular attribute/tag off the list of working tags)

I asked him that. He said that it is possible for the style= attribute to force text outside the boundaries of a post. He said that he hoped to censor the specific subproperties that would allow such a thing, but was too busy at the moment. That was over a year ago I think.

BTW, I think the style= tag is allowed in a main-article posting but not in replies, and there are two reasons behind it: (1) main articles are more likely to contain pre-existing formatting that the restriction would mess up; (2) someone posting a main article would have no reason to bollux up his own thread.

48 posted on 12/06/2002 4:36:31 PM PST by supercat
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To: TPartyType
Dang, I've been having trouble posting pictures. I hope this photo of the the beautiful nude female shows up properly:


49 posted on 12/06/2002 5:23:11 PM PST by lds23
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To: TPartyType
Hey, TPartyType, good to see you around. It's been awhile.

Thanks for the Ping

Happy Holidays to you and yours. Glad to see that the HTML Sandbox is still here to play in.

50 posted on 12/06/2002 6:56:23 PM PST by harpo11
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To: steveegg
You've got other talents beyond what I thought....I bow before an HTML master!
51 posted on 12/06/2002 7:10:20 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: TPartyType; Kathy in Alaska; radu; MoJo2001; Ragtime Cowgirl; bluesagewoman; SK1 Thurman; ...
HTML Sandbox
various freepers | Refreshed 6 Dec 02 | various freepers
Posted on 12/06/2002 9:33 AM PST by TPartyType


PING for those that want to learn how to post pics, etc.

Thanks TPartyType for posting this thread!
52 posted on 12/06/2002 8:53:18 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
You might like this Thread about HTML too. J
53 posted on 12/06/2002 9:02:24 PM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: TPartyType; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
I use html a little too.

Tell me what you think about ho I did with my site : JEFFHEAD.COM

54 posted on 12/06/2002 9:03:58 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: TPartyType; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
I use html a little too.

Tell me what you think about how I did with my site : JEFFHEAD.COM

55 posted on 12/06/2002 9:04:15 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Hey troopers, wassup ? It's almost D-Day.
56 posted on 12/06/2002 9:05:26 PM PST by John Lenin
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To: TPartyType
Sorry, have not read the whole thread. My fav:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/757944/posts
57 posted on 12/06/2002 9:06:46 PM PST by chnsmok
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To: TPartyType
THANK YOU!

(And I will practice some of the other fun ones also!)

58 posted on 12/06/2002 9:07:28 PM PST by alwaysconservative
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To: Jeff Head
Just out of curiosity, you state you dont use "automated software". Is that including the abhorant Front Page? You code seems to use the famous MSO prefixed style in your style tag.
59 posted on 12/06/2002 9:10:11 PM PST by smith288
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