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Posted on 07/01/2003 9:34:44 AM PDT by TPartyType
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.
NEWCOMERS TIP: I just reread the FreeRepublic posting guidelines. They're worth a read by all newcomers [click here].
But first, HTML advice from the FreeRepublic help page:
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:
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
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.
<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
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.
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!"
"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!
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:
<li>List item #1
<li>List item #2
<li>List item #3
Finally . . .
Here's the link for [Webmonkey] (a super HTML training site).
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 ! ...
Ah ! I see ! Just a minor error. Notice your template address ?
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="">
See there ?! Ya fixed it ! It worked !
< IMG src="" width="" height="">
Just take out the space between the < and the IMG, and you're in business !
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??
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 !