|I always find when traveling that it is a little easier to communicate once I've learned a bit of the local language. In the case of this place we call the internet, the lingo is HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). You can certainly survive without knowing a bit of it, but knowing just a little helps you get your point across so much more easily (I also speak pidgen German, high school French and restaurant Spanish all of which help me when I travel to new, strange places).
The following is a brief guide to "what I've learned about HTML by reading other peoples messages". It's presented here as a public service to those of you who are a bit more adventurous and want to say it with feeling (or at least with angle brackets). With thanks to Robert, Carter and the Baba for their examples, it's probably wrong in places and I'd welcome any corrections/additions.
Commands can be interspersed with the text of your message. Some commands are very simple and can help you make a point by simply shifting to bold or italics or both. In order to do so, use the following commands interspersed in your text:
<b> turns bolding on
<I> turns italics on
<u> turns underlining on
This is another font! This is not.
This is <FONT COLOR=color FONT FACE="font_name" FONT SIZE="size">text...</FONT> This is not.
color can be one of the primary colors or a hexadecimal number representing a color. I'm not too clear on this part, so I always keep to simple colors. size is not related to type size, it seems somewhat arbitrary. 6 seems big, 3 seems about normal. font_name is the name of the font, like "Times New Roman" or "Arial".
Include a Mail Address:
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Send mail to <A HREF="mailto:your_address"><B>your_name</B></A></font>
<A HREF="image_url"><IMG SRC="image_url" ALT="short_desc" HEIGHT=500 WIDTH=500 BORDER=0 ALIGN=CENTER></A>
You can also say LEFT or RIGHT instead of CENTER. You should also note the HEIGHT and WIDTH parameters which allow you to change the size of the image. 500 x 500 is a good size, it takes up about half the screen. If you don't want to change the size, leave these out. The HREF allows you to make this picture into a button that someone can click on. It need not match the IMG SRC (Image Source), but this is useful if you want to post a picture and say "Click on the picture for a larger view".
Note: pictures and such do take longer to load than plain text, so folks on slower lines won't appreciate overuse of the more overhead-intensive features (pictures and sounds). However, they don't really take up room on the board, because they are just references to other storage areas on other servers. However, if the file you are pointing to moves or is deleted, the image will appear as the "broken image" icon.
<center><embed src="sound_file" controls=ControlPanel autostart=true width=300 height=30 ALT="short_desc"></center>
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<A HREF="url">description of url</A>
There's a good number of guides out there available if you want to learn more about HTML. Enjoy!
Send additions/corrections/suggestions to: RichC
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