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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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To: MeeknMing
Meek, I have a Pug! Is this one yours? After I get up this morning for real, I'll try to post it (noted the properties --- your personal link) but don't know if it's possible. Don't tell me. Let me find out. If or when I fail, you'll be the first to hear about it. :)
381 posted on 12/27/2003 6:37:31 AM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: onyx
No, this is a picture I found in a Google Search looking for Dog pics. I cracked up when I found it.

Let me know how it goes either way and remember that old story about the train engine saying ...

I think I can ! I think I can ! I think I can ! ...


382 posted on 12/27/2003 6:49:56 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: MeeknMing

383 posted on 12/27/2003 10:10:57 PM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: MeeknMing
this is what I tried:

< IMGscr="http://richard.meek.home.comcast.net/DogSmile.JPG"width="503"height="412">

I had to move the < and put a space in between before I could show you my handiwordk! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I told you I'm a computer dunce.
384 posted on 12/27/2003 10:14:44 PM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: MeeknMing
ROFLOL! Be sure to open the "properties" in post #383 for a tremendous laugh! I surprise myself sometimes, and this is one of those times! LOL!
385 posted on 12/27/2003 10:17:30 PM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: MeeknMing
OVER HERE, Meek --- see the mess I made!
386 posted on 12/28/2003 2:40:12 AM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: onyx

387 posted on 12/28/2003 2:59:24 AM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: onyx
Ah ! I see ! Just a minor error. Notice your template address ?

< IMGscr="http://richard.meek.home.comcast.net/DogSmile.JPG"width="503"height="412">

Just a typo, Onyx ! Correct that (s/b IMG sRC, not 'sCR'), put a SPACE between the IMG and the SRC and you've GOT it ! ...

< IMG src="http://richard.meek.home.comcast.net/DogSmile.JPG"width="503"height="412">

The way I organize my images is using Microsoft Word. I keep all my images 'preloaded' there. That way, when I want to post Mr. Smilie Doggie there, it's simply a 'copy and paste' process from Word into the FR posting template here. Then preview and post it.

I also keep the 'blank graph template' on Word so when I find a NEW pic, all I have to do is copy the template and copy/paste the URL and key in the dimensions and it's ready to go ! Everybody has their own way of organizing their stuff. That's just how I do it.

Here is the 'blank posting template':

< IMG src="" width="" height="">


388 posted on 12/28/2003 3:02:46 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: onyx; MeeknMing
< IMGscr="http://secondamendmentmichiana.virtualave.net/assets/images/2am_photo3.jpg'"width="297"height="170">


SEE? NOTHING POSTS.
389 posted on 12/28/2003 3:04:02 AM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: onyx

390 posted on 12/28/2003 3:08:11 AM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: onyx
See there ?! Ya fixed it ! It worked !

391 posted on 12/28/2003 3:10:11 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: MeeknMing

YES!

I am storing your blank template --- I just must remember to move the < next to IMG and wella, right?
392 posted on 12/28/2003 3:12:03 AM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: onyx
Yep !

< IMG src="" width="" height="">

Just take out the space between the < and the IMG, and you're in business !


393 posted on 12/28/2003 3:26:33 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Sorry, but I just had to try this old trick!

GOTCHA!

394 posted on 12/28/2003 3:59:45 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: Bon mots
Good grief. I'm minding my own business for once and you hit me with THAT?????????????

(I'll be SURE to save it somewhere...hehehe)
395 posted on 12/28/2003 10:17:06 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (Happy Birthday, Jesus!)
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To: TPartyType
tagline removal bump
396 posted on 12/28/2003 12:04:13 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: onyx; MeeknMing
onyx, do you have your images on a 'host page'? The properties show 'not available'. They have to be on a Host page unless you use someone elses HTML for the image posting

I use Walagata and Village Photos, which are free and easy to use.

Meek, I am able to post all my gifs and jpgs from those sites using just this code; [img src="?"] No capitals and no size numbers! Just put < > where the [ ]'s are. The ONLY space is between img and src. Maybe other Host sites require the 'size' tags??


397 posted on 12/28/2003 8:41:28 PM PST by potlatch (Whenever I feel 'blue', I start breathing again.)
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To: potlatch
Well, yes ... you can post an image without the Width and Length dimensionals. However, by putting in BOTH, the image loads faster on the page I am told. If you've ever been on the USO thread (or any thread with lots of graphics) and see how slow a page loads with a lot of graphics on it you can understand why that's important, so I'm told. I'm not a technical type, but just passing along information I've been given by folks that are supposed to know these things.

I have a fast connection ISP (Comcast), so it's not much of an issue with me either way, hehe !


398 posted on 12/29/2003 2:32:56 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: Howlin
THANKS!!! That is a GREAT tool (partial source)!!! It also works on IE6 by the way!! ...even though it says on the download site IE5 only. At least it works on my machine which is also running W2K.
399 posted on 12/29/2003 11:14:32 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: Howlin
Thanks. Good advice.
Bookmarking good posts for future reference:
Many FR HTML links:
Links to other FR threads on HTML
Link to Free Site Hosting
Dave's Site Tutorial
Hypergurl Tutorials & Reference
Partial Source goody
400 posted on 01/04/2004 7:26:07 AM PST by Bon mots
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