Saturday, June 18, 2005

The trial and travails of HTML

I've been working on the template some. Hope the viewers (And you both know who you are! =D) like the tweaks I've made. I wasn't happy with the shades of fucia and pink that some bits were in. Kinda gave the whole thing a feminine look that sorta conflicted with my (at least percieved) masculinity if ya know what I mean.... My grasp of HTML is pretty miniscule at the moment. I haven't even figured out how to post a picture using hello/bloggerbot or a site counter. Anyone willing to educate me feel free! I went and spent 25 bucks on a HTML for dummies book this afternoon in the hopes of learning enough to at least figure out how the template I chose works. So far I've at least figured out how to tweak some of the colors so I guess I'm making progress. I'm working on the issue with RSS feeds and the title links. Until Shreela was kind enough to point it out I didn't even realize I HAD an RSS feed. OK, so when it comes to this whole website thing, I've got a lot to learn. Mia Culpa! By the way, if anyone sees anything on the site in green please let me know what it is and which browser you are using. I have been using that color as a marker to work my way through which seetings controlled what, and there are at least half a dozen color tags that don't seem to do anything, at least not in firefox, which I've about decided is the best thing since sliced bread. Any help in figuring out which bits those tags control would be appreciated.

6 Comments:

Blogger Patrick J. Fitzgerald said...

ciao

June 18, 2005 9:38 PM  
Blogger Shreela said...

I love how I can click to your article from Bloglines now, yay! I'm not familiar with "hello/bloggerbot" so can't help there. But here's the -basic- image tag:
<img src="ImageURL" />

<img src="http://redinktexas.blogspot.com/images/button.gif" />
(if your book says something about shorter, or relative, image urls, ignore it for now because you're using blogger and will need to use full urls)

You could put in more info into that tag: height, width, border (handy for removing lines around linked images by using 0 [zero]), alt (1), title (2), styles, ect...

<img src="http://redinktexas.blogspot.com/images/button.gif" height="50" width="100" border="0" title="This is my button" />

Clickable link image:
<a href="http://redinktexas.blogspot.com/"><img src="http://redinktexas.blogspot.com/images/redink.gif" height="50" width="100" border="0" title="Red Ink Texas Blog" />

Email link (text):
<a href="mailto:rorschack@redinktexas.com">Email Rorschack</a>

Email link (image):
<a href="mailto:rorschack@redinktexas.com"><img src="http://redinktexas.blogspot.com/images/email.gif" height="50" width="100" border="0" title="Red Ink Texas Blog" />

(1) alt is -supposed- to be a description of what an image is for non-image browsers (Lynx and text-to-speech). But lots of people use it as a title for the image (or link). The standards folks don't like this, and prefer that the (2) title attribute be used instead. So, Firefox likes standards and won't show the alt on mouseover like IE will. But IE will also recognize the title attribute...so it's best to use that one for image and link titles since it abides by standards, and will show up in both main browsers.

June 20, 2005 10:02 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Well, I THINK I can sort out how to actually link to the image once I know the URL, but the problem is I haven't figured out what the URL is for the Hello images. I sent an e-mail to Matt Brammati to ask him if he has any ideas since he's been plying with it some. I'll let you know what I learn.

June 20, 2005 12:35 PM  
Blogger El Capitan said...

Looks OK so far! When you get really up to snuff, maybe you can write me a template to use with Moveable Type??? ;-)

June 20, 2005 5:03 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

It looks like it's coming along for you!

I'm glad you've decided to jump right in. :)

June 21, 2005 7:33 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Kev, El Capitan, Glad to see you guys are perusing my poor excuse for a blog. I hope I'm not that much of a disappointment.=D

El Capitan, That would be a wonderful idea, but there is one SMALL flaw with that thought... I thouroughly SUCK as a programmer. I can usually figure out what someone elses code is doing if I stare at it long enough, and I may even be able to make minor tweaks if given the time and asprins. But writing new code is not something I ever intentionally do if I can avoid it. Laurence Simon might be a better person to ask......

June 29, 2005 1:06 PM  

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