What about a thread where we can practice HTML?

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I observe that "de" on the "Seeking Threads" was seeking help with an HTML problem, what about we start a HTML practice thread?

I'm kinda scared about trying to post HTML on an existing thread for fear of wrecking it. If we had a practice thread on which anybody could post their attempts at HTML without fear of messing up other people's hard work more folk might give it a try. HTML mavens could maybe check it out once in a while and give helpful hints?

If it got screwed badly enough the SYSOPS could just delete it and start a new one therefore ideally nothing of value should be posted to it.

What do you all think, and if you think it's an idea with any merit should it be here or in the classic forum? My vote is here, because I thnk in time it will become the dominant forum, but then it's not truly a "prep" topic.


-- Ron Davis (rdavis@ozemail.com.au), July 08, 1999


This is a great place to practice. Just remember before you hit submit to cut and paste your practice. That way if it works you can just paste whereever you want to post www.insidetheweb.com/messageboard/mbs.cgi?acct=mb922 Now I'll try a 'hot' link, 'cold. :-) H TML

-- DuffyO (duffyo@mailcity.com), July 08, 1999.

Hot link didn't work--guess I better go practice :-)

-- DuffyO (duffyo@mailcity.com), July 08, 1999.

Ron, my problem is wacky. I typed the material in Word, copied and pasted. According to one person, when I typed:

[a href="http://www......... (replace the [ with a "less than" sign in the actual HTML,

the source was coming out with a rectangle where the " should be. On my page source I only saw the ".

Oh, well, I know how to fix it.....don't copy and paste from Word

-- de (delewis@inetone.net), July 08, 1999.

Ron, they will probably want us to practice on the other forum, but I'll be happy to help in whatever way I can.

DuffyO, you need a space between a and href. :-)

-- Gayla (privacy@please.com), July 08, 1999.

Hey! it worked, at least to some degree!

All I did was knocked up the doc in MS word 97, used the insert link to add a link to Cory's WRP, saved as HTML, opened HTML doc in Notepad, copied the whole thing to the clipboard and pasted it in the answer window, dead easy, now I'll try some fancier stuff!


-- Ron Davis (rdavis@ozemail.com.au), July 08, 1999.

Cool idea -- let's keep it going, how about someone adding a list of convenient, standard commands?

-- BigDog (BigDog@duffer.com), July 08, 1999.


Thanks for bearing with me during all the above stuff.

I'll stop now, having established that MS Word's HTML conversions seem to work compatibly with this board's software. At least, the stuff looks okay to me when I view it with MS Internet Explorer, V3.02.

If anybody is using a browser which does not display my stuff correctly please could you make a post to that effect.

I'm really pleased that I can now do proper links etc, sort of damages my credibility as a 25 year IT veteran to put up "cut and paste links".

Now I can get started on my solar cooking document, I've never used the solar oven in low temperatures before but here in Canberra we've got current temps in the range -6 to about 9 degrees celsius at the moment, so the tests I intend to perform over the next few days will give me a pretty good idea how Solar Cookers might work for you guys in your winter.

Thanks for your tolerance.


-- Ron Davis (rdavis@ozemail.com.au), July 08, 1999.

I think Ron is having LOTS of fun! :-)

For regular HTML commands, you always enclose them inside the less than < and greater than > symbols. You do NOT put a space after the < symbol, but I will have to do that to give you examples.

To write in bold, the command is < b > You will omit the spaces before and after the b. To turn bold off, < /b > Once again, omit the spaces.

To write in italics, the command is < i > and to turn off italics, < /i > (Omit spaces)

To underline your text, the command is < u > and to turn it off, < /u > (omit spaces) As you can see, they are all the same. b=bold, i=italics, and u=underline. Using a / before any of those letters cancels them. Once again, everything goes inside < and >.

-- Gayla (privacy@please.com), July 08, 1999.

From TBY2K... to assist with prep linking...

HTML 101

http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id= 000HxH

How To Create A Hotlink In This Forum

http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id= 000MSA

-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), July 09, 1999.

Looking at the source code for "e-mail," I would say they WERE attempting some HTML coding, but it didn't work. I don't know if they were attempting it in Word like Ron talked about or not. The computer did not recognize the words BOLD, UNDERLINE, etc. It just recognizes "b, u, and i" as I mentioned above. Keep trying! :-)

To write in color: again the command is enclosed in < and > symbols. The command is < font color="red" > (omit the spaces after the < and before the > but leave the space between font and color) You can use other colors of course! Just be sure when you finish to turn it OFF! This can be done as follows: < /font > or < font color="black" > (omit spaces except between the word font and the word color)

Anyone want to try?

-- Gayla (privacy@please.com), July 09, 1999.

And if you happen to see some formatting that you like and want to see the HTML commands that produced it, just right-mouse-click and select "View Frame Source" (in Netscape) to inspect the source text in all its HTML-tagged glory.

One of you Internet Explorer types will need to tell us what the equivalent is for IE.

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), July 09, 1999.

I should also note that the mouse-menu selection becomes simply "View Source" in un-Framed windows.

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), July 09, 1999.

This is a test. This is only a test.

-- Wilferd (WilferdW@aol.com), July 10, 1999.

OK, this is the 'real' test.....did I turn the font color off correctly?

-- Wilferd (WilferdW@aol.com), July 10, 1999.

Ye-Haaaaaw! Hot Diggity!

-- Wilferd (WilferdW@aol.com), July 10, 1999.

Ok here goes


-- matt (whome@somewhere.nz), November 05, 1999.

learning, or is it learning, learning

-- mwerks3 (mwerks3@yahoo.com), November 17, 1999.

learning, learning, learning!!!!!!!!

-- mwerks3 (mwerks3@yahoo.com), November 17, 1999.

Is this still in color??? Now is it black???????

-- mwerks3 (mwerks3@yahoo.com), November 17, 1999.

green..... black?????

-- mwerks3 (mwerks3@yahoo.com), November 17, 1999.

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