Thursday, May 3, 2007

Day one - Post one

Here I am. I don't know why I am here, or where I am going, but I'll press on.

I never expected to be blogging and I got into it for the same reason I get into a lot of things. Nancy, in Maine, asked me to help her with some problems she was having viewing the Maine eagles ( The site, as well some other similar sites, are in the blog format. In addition to working out some of her problems, I started reading the blogs.

One of the things commenters were doing was posting URLs for videos and other things and one participant wondered if it was possible to do clickable links. I had already noticed the comment window allowed some HTML tags and since I was familiar with how to do simple HTML coding, I posted some instructions. Fortunately, the Maine blog permits anonymous posting. That worked out well and at least a couple of blogs are starting to do clickables.

I wanted to post tag instructions in a registered-only blog so I signed-up. I also wanted to study what other tags could be used, since the <a> was being improperly used to emphasize text. So, once I was signed up I started looking around to see what tags were available. The problem is the comment window says HTML tags "like" <b>, <i>, <a> could be used but I couldn't make <img>, <u>, or <font color> work. After searching for a while, I found a line that said ONLY <b>, <i>, <a> could be used in the comment window.

So that's it. That's how I got here. And let's face it, I don't have any other place I need to be.

Day one, post one, we'll see what happens next.



MEMA Jo said...

I'm glad you're here! I have learned a new skill and that makes me feel really GREAT. I am sure there is much more for you to do for us Bloggers!
How about procedures to insert pictures/photos within our comment...
Thanks again Tom. I'll be in touch.

spavel said...

One of the reasons I signed-up and started playing around with it is because I tried the image tag and it wouldn't accept it. I could understand that (kinda) so I moved on to underline and blue, so that type of emphasis could be added with out the link-appearance. No go there either. Then I signed-up and started digging and found where it says ONLY link, bold, italics.

Apparently, the main blog entry, which allows images, and the comment window use different systems and different rules. But, I'm going to continue looking.

Incidently, I'm glad you made the comment here because I don't watch the blogs very closely. My interest is more of the computer/technical nature as my sister, who lives near the Maine eagles, was having problems and asked for my help.


spavel said...

I may as well add that the link thing was started by Movin and was really jumped forward by Suzanne. Over on Maine, where they were posting a lot of video clip URLs that needed to be typed or copied, Movin wondered if there was a way to do a clickable link. I already knew that was possible because I had hand coded the first web pages that I did a few years ago, so I'm familiar with how the HTML "a" tag works.

I posted instructions that Movin tried to make work, but my explanation was not clear enough. You can not illustrate the actual tag here because it gets converted to the action. Suzanne re-wrote the instructions in a clearer way.

I had already started my instruction pages and I adjusted them until they look the way they do now, and I'm sure I'll modify them some more.


cogs said...

i don't know if you will see this, but thank you so much for helping me with my drop down menu. you didn't have to spend the time you did, trying to figure out the code for me, but you were patient. thank you, david a.k.a. cogs