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HTML Sandbox
Various FReepers | 11/22/04 | TPartyType

Posted on 11/22/2004 9:16:10 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).


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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: faq; fr; freerepublic; html; htmlsandbox; newcomers; practice; sandbox
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To: WildTurkey

I figured it out. Now I need to go look up how to customize the border.


141 posted on 12/23/2004 6:24:02 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox
ATTENTION EVERYONE!!:

Thank you! LOL! I know some basic HTML.. if anyone would like some free HTML advice, I will be offering my "HTML services" free of charge to anyone who would promise to take a few moments every once in awhile to post notes and graphics for our troops. I also have storage space for hosting neat graphics or photos which would support our troops and vets- I offer this for free for a limited number of graphics and photos.

Just freep mail me


143 posted on 12/23/2004 6:36:28 PM PST by Diva Betsy Ross (I am not NOT PC.. And Proud of it!: Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!)
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To: Diva Betsy Ross
Thanks Diva, I've been working on my ping list graphic (below). I figured out how to link the flag gif to the SC freeper locale. Now how do I get rid of that ugly border that appeared when I made the graphic a link?


South Carolina Ping List

144 posted on 12/23/2004 6:47:15 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox
That is a great question... I have tried it a few times myself and can not get the border removed...I will ask around and see what I can come up with. Never thought of that one! LOL!
145 posted on 12/23/2004 7:03:57 PM PST by Diva Betsy Ross (I am not NOT PC.. And Proud of it!: Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!)
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To: SC Swamp Fox
I've been doing that for about 5 years, I guess it didn't cause any problems.

Because it is a "/a" it turns off any previous (if any) "a" function. No harm, no foul unless you had an active function "a" you did not want to close.

If I wanted to use the picture as a hot-link, how would I do that?

<center> <a href="http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1285967/posts?page=139#139"><img src="http://www.animated-gifs.org.uk/agif/ar14.gif" ></a>Click on the Compass

Click on the Compass

146 posted on 12/23/2004 7:16:55 PM PST by WildTurkey
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To: SC Swamp Fox
<a href="http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/profiles?location=89"><img src="http://www.freerepublic.com/images/flags/us/sorcarlC.gif" border=0></a>


147 posted on 12/23/2004 7:20:14 PM PST by WildTurkey
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To: WildTurkey

South Carolina Ping List

Thanks!

148 posted on 12/23/2004 7:43:55 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox
Good:


South Carolina Ping List

Better: (put "&ltbr>South Caroline Pint List" before the </a>


South Carolina Ping List

149 posted on 12/23/2004 7:53:53 PM PST by WildTurkey
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To: WildTurkey
put "&ltbr>South Caroline Pint List" before the </a> >>> put "<br>South Caroline Pint List" before the </a>
150 posted on 12/23/2004 7:56:07 PM PST by WildTurkey
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blah blah it works!
151 posted on 12/23/2004 9:57:47 PM PST by Skylus (the gun is no more responsible for killing people than the spoon is for making Rosie O'Donnell fat)
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To: WildTurkey
Thanks for all your help. Here is what my ping-post now looks like.


South Carolina Ping

Add me to the ping list. Remove me from the ping list.

152 posted on 12/24/2004 10:47:18 AM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox
<ol>
<li>List item #1
<li>List item #2
<li>List item #3
</ol>


Would display:


  1. List item #1
  2. List item #2
  3. List item #3

153 posted on 12/24/2004 10:58:55 AM PST by WildTurkey
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To: Diva Betsy Ross

Is it possible to post an html file the same way that one would post a jpg file?


154 posted on 12/25/2004 4:12:09 PM PST by Voice in your head ("The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage." - Thucydides)
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To: All

Above question directed to anyone.


155 posted on 12/25/2004 4:21:24 PM PST by Voice in your head ("The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage." - Thucydides)
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To: Voice in your head; backhoe
Is it possible to post an html file the same way that one would post a jpg file?

I've no idea but if anyone would know Backhoe will.

156 posted on 12/25/2004 4:24:05 PM PST by bad company (Just cause you're paranoid doesn't mean someone's not out to get you.)
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To: bad company; Voice in your head
Is it possible to post an html file the same way that one would post a jpg file? I've no idea but if anyone would know Backhoe will.

Oh, Lordy- I'm no guru- I was a Power User 'way back in the days of DOS, but this new-fangled stuff...

Voice in your head, what are you trying to do? I am not clear what you mean by "Is it possible to post an html file the same way that one would post a jpg file?" If you can tell what you are trying to do I may have some idea. Be advised I may log off shortly, and may not get back on until morning. But I'll do my damndest to either puzzle it out or ask another member.

157 posted on 12/25/2004 5:03:00 PM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: backhoe
Maybe something here will help.......

(I don't understand the question either)

HTML Help Threads & Other Info for Newbies
(And Anyone Else Who Needs It)




Also this might be of help.......

Go to both of these sites. Bookmark them both. They have all kinds of HTML tutorials. Easy to understand and use.

I believe you'll find both of these to be a very useful reference for you.

158 posted on 12/25/2004 5:10:55 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Fiddlstix

Thanks- those are excellent links, and I will copy & save them for others.


159 posted on 12/25/2004 5:16:52 PM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: backhoe

I've been using dynamic web templates in FrontPage and when using more than one on a page, I can't get information to go to where I want it to. I can get all text to go to one editable region or to another, but I can't split it between two regions. So, I was wondering if I could just post .html files and tell the editable regions to post those .html files, much like one would post a .jpg file.

I am familiar with the "img scr" and "a href" commands, but I am trying to post an actual .html file, rather than a .jpg or a hyperlink.


160 posted on 12/25/2004 5:30:58 PM PST by Voice in your head ("The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage." - Thucydides)
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