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HTML Sandbox
Refreshed 1 July 03 | Various FReepers

Posted on 07/01/2003 9:34:44 AM PDT 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).


Click here for previous HTML Sandbox thread.



TOPICS: Free Republic; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bootcamp; faq; html; htmlbootcamp; learn; newbies; pl; practice; sandbox
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1 posted on 07/01/2003 9:34:45 AM PDT by TPartyType
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To: MeeknMing
How 'bout a pingy dingy? Thanks!
2 posted on 07/01/2003 9:36:48 AM PDT by TPartyType
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To: TPartyType
bttt for later studying as I am technologically challenged.
3 posted on 07/01/2003 9:38:02 AM PDT by MattinNJ (One fine, beautiful, sunny day in Havana, I will take a pi$$ on Castro's grave.)
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To: TPartyType
Boy the newbies now go to a nice sandbox. When I started I had to go to HTML BOOTCAMP! NOT FAIR!! ;-)
4 posted on 07/01/2003 9:38:48 AM PDT by areafiftyone (The U.N. needs a good Flush!)
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To: TPartyType
Bump for Later!
5 posted on 07/01/2003 9:38:55 AM PDT by mtbrandon49
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To: TPartyType

6 posted on 07/01/2003 9:42:31 AM PDT by glock rocks (Remember -- only you can prevent fundraisers ... become a monthly donor.)
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To: glock rocks
Thanks!
7 posted on 07/01/2003 9:44:06 AM PDT by TPartyType
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To: areafiftyone
I kinda like to send 'em to Bootcamp, get their attention, then let 'em come here to practice what they learned over there.
8 posted on 07/01/2003 9:48:45 AM PDT by TPartyType
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To: TPartyType
Bootcamp:


9 posted on 07/01/2003 9:53:50 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Free Miguel and Priscilla!)
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To: TPartyType
I saved this...thanks
10 posted on 07/01/2003 9:57:06 AM PDT by joyce11111
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To: TPartyType
Hey, you moved.
11 posted on 07/01/2003 10:01:57 AM PDT by SoDak
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To: TPartyType
How do I log in?

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

12 posted on 07/01/2003 10:02:26 AM PDT by South Hawthorne ("It is unlikely there'll be a reduction in the wages of sin.")
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To: TPartyType
BUMP for newbies!
13 posted on 07/01/2003 10:03:12 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: TPartyType
GOOD GOD MAN, DON'T TEACH PEOPLE THE BLINK TAG!!!!!
14 posted on 07/01/2003 10:04:56 AM PDT by rattrap (Looters and Moochers and Zealots, OH MY!!!!)
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To: TPartyType
THANKS
15 posted on 07/01/2003 10:08:39 AM PDT by ctlpdad (Tag line (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: TPartyType
I always wanted to know how to strike strike out words! Now I can! Thanks! Bookmarked! I gotta practice that picture thing...will be back soon.
16 posted on 07/01/2003 10:09:30 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: TPartyType

17 posted on 07/01/2003 10:10:06 AM PDT by ctlpdad (Tag line (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: ctlpdad
IT WORKED!! WO HOO
18 posted on 07/01/2003 10:11:07 AM PDT by ctlpdad (Tag line (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: rattrap
i had to try it
19 posted on 07/01/2003 10:13:06 AM PDT by ctlpdad (Tag line (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: ctlpdad
?
20 posted on 07/01/2003 10:14:28 AM PDT by ctlpdad (Tag line (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: ctlpdad
and
what is blink & why isn't it working for me?

21 posted on 07/01/2003 10:17:17 AM PDT by ctlpdad (Tag line (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: TPartyType
bump
Hey, it worked!
22 posted on 07/01/2003 10:19:59 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Go Fast, Turn Left!)
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To: Fawnn; azGOPgal; MS.BEHAVIN
I thought you guys would like to read up on this a little.....
23 posted on 07/01/2003 10:35:35 AM PDT by Maigrey (Member of the Dose's Jesus Freaks and Gonzo News Service)
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To: IYAS9YAS
colors... we need more colors !!!
25 posted on 07/01/2003 10:43:26 AM PDT by glock rocks (Remember -- only you can prevent fundraisers ... become a monthly donor.)
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To: TPartyType
is there a way to make your tagline how up every post automatically?
26 posted on 07/01/2003 10:51:42 AM PDT by Britton J Wingfield
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To: TPartyType
bump
27 posted on 07/01/2003 10:54:26 AM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: glock rocks
There is a MUCH easier way to do all; IF you are using outlook express.
I start a new-mail and type it however I want it, choosing fonts and colors and images (from WEB only: YOUR pictures on YOUR computer will NOT work)
Then I click the SOURCE tab at bottom of window and copy everything in between the <body> commands and paste it into the reply box on FR: like so................
 
<BODY bgColor=#ffffff>There is a MUCH easier way to do all; IF you are using
<STRONG>outlook express</STRONG>.
<HR width="75%" SIZE=10>
 I start a new-mail and type it however I want it, choosing <FONT
size=5>fonts</FONT> and <FONT color=#ff0000>colors</FONT> and images (from WEB
only: YOUR pictures on YOUR computer will NOT work)
<HR>
Then I click the SOURCE tab at bottom of window and copy everything in between the <body> commands and paste it into the reply box on FR: like so................
</BODY>
 
Cool, huh!?
 
 

28 posted on 07/01/2003 11:01:11 AM PDT by Elsie (Any misspellings are caused by a sticky keyboard!! [that darn ol' Coke!])
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To: rattrap
"GOOD GOD MAN, DON'T TEACH PEOPLE THE BLINK TAG!!!!! "

TOO LATE!!!

All your eyestrain are belong to us!!!

Rats!!! Blink doesn't seem to work, but look at what we can do with colors"

29 posted on 07/01/2003 11:02:41 AM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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To: ctlpdad
blink won't work if you're using IE (internet explorer)
30 posted on 07/01/2003 11:05:02 AM PDT by csvset
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To: TPartyType
Thanks for the help!

31 posted on 07/01/2003 11:05:12 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (A Fine is a Tax for doing Wrong. A Tax is a Fine for doing Well.)
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To: Elsie
There are some WordProcessor programs that will output an HTML formatted file, too. But I do not know the names of them.
32 posted on 07/01/2003 11:06:37 AM PDT by Elsie (Any misspellings are caused by a sticky keyboard!! [that darn ol' Coke!])
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To: csvset
Due to unpopular demand, the BLINK function was removed from later browser versions. It appears that the MARQUEE function was severely emasculated as well.........
33 posted on 07/01/2003 11:08:37 AM PDT by Elsie (Any misspellings are caused by a sticky keyboard!! [that darn ol' Coke!])
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To: TPartyType

I love Spot!

34 posted on 07/01/2003 11:10:48 AM PDT by nana4bush
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To: nana4bush

I love little Spot.

35 posted on 07/01/2003 11:16:19 AM PDT by nana4bush
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To: Elsie

Thanks for the tip about Outlook Express - this is a lot
easier than typing out all the tags.  Anybody else got tips?


36 posted on 07/01/2003 11:18:39 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (A Fine is a Tax for doing Wrong. A Tax is a Fine for doing Well.)
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To: Elsie
Yeah i tried to marquee my post, but it doesn't work anymore i guess. I know netscape kept blink longer than IE i don't know if netscape still has it though.
37 posted on 07/01/2003 11:22:10 AM PDT by rattrap (Looters and Moochers and Zealots, OH MY!!!!)
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To: Pest
Do you have a bigger version of this picture? Seriously. I know some civil engineers...yeah...that's right.
38 posted on 07/01/2003 11:38:31 AM PDT by alnitak ("That kid's about as sharp as a pound of wet liver" - Foghorn Leghorn)
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To: Elsie
cool. i'd never considered it.

I generally use Word for text formating...
outlook sounds so much simpler. thanks.
39 posted on 07/01/2003 11:46:27 AM PDT by glock rocks (Remember -- only you can prevent fundraisers ... become a monthly donor.)
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To: Elsie
btw, I didn't code that, I used a generator...

free, here: http://www.theill.com/hfc/

(hfc.exe, at the bottom in green box)
40 posted on 07/01/2003 11:51:52 AM PDT by glock rocks (Remember -- only you can prevent fundraisers ... become a monthly donor.)
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To: areafiftyone
NOT FAIR!!

NOT FAIR!?!?!?!?




Were you born worthless, or did you have to work at it?

Just kidding. J

41 posted on 07/01/2003 11:59:08 AM PDT by michigander
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To: michigander
LOL - I love that picture!!
42 posted on 07/01/2003 12:01:43 PM PDT by areafiftyone (The U.N. needs a good Flush!)
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To: TPartyType
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

Thank you for letting me play in your sandbox!

43 posted on 07/01/2003 12:16:43 PM PDT by nana4bush
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To: TPartyType; Alamo-Girl; onyx; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; Fred Mertz; dixiechick2000; ...
Oh, a new one. Thanks !



Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.


45 posted on 07/01/2003 12:36:53 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: glock rocks
Awwwwww......what a cute picture.
46 posted on 07/01/2003 12:39:48 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Pray for America & Israel AND become a monthly donor to Free Republic. Or ELSE!)
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To: Owl_Eagle
You can't log in unless you're a newbie.

Duh.
47 posted on 07/01/2003 12:40:22 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Pray for America & Israel AND become a monthly donor to Free Republic. Or ELSE!)
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To: MeeknMing; eddie willers
I'll share this:

Here it is:


I hope you don't find this presumptuous, but I have found this web tool for IE5 to be invaluable.
I found it on an 'HTML Bootcamp' thread and since so few of us ever go back to 'old' threads, I have been posting it to folks that may have brought over a little more HTML from their article than they wanted.

What it means is that you can usually highlight just the article that normally resides in the middle of the page. (away from all the ads and tables etc)

After you have highlighted just the text you want, hold your mouse over the highlighted text, right click and copy your 'View Partial Source' and bring it over to FR.

Keeps you from doing what you did. :-)


Here's a great tip: With Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0+ you can easily download and install a few cool tools, such as "View Partial Source." With that extra small tool installed on your PC, you can highlight a segment of any webpage, right-click, and choose to view the partial source of whatever got highlighted by your mouse. Now you don't have to look through an entire page's source code, just the small part of the page you are interested in viewing.

Here's the link for IE web tools:
http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/IE/WebAccess/default.asp
and look at the bottom of the page for "Web Developer Accessories." You will need to reboot to get it to work.

106 Posted on 04/25/2001 08:59:34 PDT by eddie willers

48 posted on 07/01/2003 12:41:24 PM PDT by Howlin (A vote for Bush in 2004 is just that -- a vote for Bush!!!!!)
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To: Howlin
Thanks, Howlin !! That 'View Partial Source' is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I've been using that for quite a while, and would sure hate to go back to where I was before.


49 posted on 07/01/2003 1:16:45 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Pest
That'll do nicely, thanks!
50 posted on 07/01/2003 1:23:35 PM PDT by alnitak ("That kid's about as sharp as a pound of wet liver" - Foghorn Leghorn)
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