I have named this page How To Work An E-mail Page Or Post in respect to the term of How To Work A Room. There are several ways to get the most from surfing through the internet. For instance by reading posts in news groups or looking (reading) through someones e-mail page and clicking on their various links. Now is a good time to tap your Info key and click Instructions. I would read all of the posts and threads in a news group prior to posting a question. More often than not the answer is already there. I recently saw (mid May 2000) in a pagebuilder NG the same question asked eight (8) different times in a span of three (3) hours. When you post a question decsribe your post [question] besides just saying, "Help" or "Question". Say something like, "Help with border colors". One of the main purposes of this write is to instill the idea of reading and or searching for yourself without asking the same darn question over and over again. I started writing tutorials on various subjects so I could easily refer someone to a URL and then at their option they could save the write and I wouldn't have to reinvent the wheel as many others also create tutorials. If I did post a question I would be to sure to post a thank you once I received my answer. Responses to a post should be answered there at the news group for all of readers to see and learn. I would make a favorites folder and called it POSTS and save a post that I found interesting and then rename the post to easiy remember what it is but becareful that post will disappear in less than 30 days. A lot of the same questions in news groups are asked so I do this and then I just do a cc&p of the post and repost without having to type the thread all over again. Although others might have verified opinions in this regard this will help everyone, especially newcomers to WebTV to learn and hopefully make surfing and learning work for you with your best interest at heart.
I also use the Search feature on my keyboard quite often although I prefer www.google.com. After awhile your units speed will slow down from surfin' the net. Well it's time to clean your cache by either switching users and coming right back to the same user or simply turn the box off. Speed too slow ... turn off Instant Messenger and if you use the WebTV background music (and what for since there are stereo's?) turn that off as well. You might want to a read this about clearing cookies. Any other gimmicks that allow you to clean your cache is only clearing your recents which is the same thing as switching users.
I have decided to add a new topic called Background Sound In Email Or On A Web Page considering I have seen the question asked over and over again in various news groups. So I thought I would add my two cents in this matter plus it is alot easier to just give some one the page and that way they can save it and refer to it as needed.
I would first create a favorite folder and name it simply AAA. That way when you find something you want to save it appears first in your selection of folders to save the page to. Then you go can back to that folder and investigate the page (site) later and find even more information to save in the appropiate folder. I look at everyones e-mail page and click on their links to learn and save information to see if I want or don't want to permanately save that information. Before you save it make sure that there is text in the bottom status window. If no text reload [CMD and hold the R key down for say 5 seconds] the page first then save it.
Then I would learn to cut, copy and paste, C/C/P or CCP or cc&p. In this tutorial you will find and learn the art of C/C/P with a practice area to fine tune your newly acquired skill.
Next I would learn to bounce. The purpose of bounce is to discover how someone else did this or that on their e-mail page. The use of bounce is great for discovering and correcting a problem that another might have with their email page.
Then I would put under an F-key a good site that validates. This site will enable you to view the HTML and other codes from a web page. In essence validating is the bouncing of a web page. Plus this site allows me to find and isolate or resize images and has many tools to further my internet experience.
The need to transload is paramount to learn and understand why to have a home page provider whether or not you have your own web page or not. With this tool you can have an image or midi that in a way belongs to you considering that each URL that you transload will have its own unique URL that belongs to you. I personally like The Freeloader and have never had a problem with the service. Some providers such as the Zone have their own tansloader or beamer which I have used since their formation. Eventually you will want to embed your email signature and this is a start in that direction. By transloading it also prevents bandwidth theft. Once you have transloaded and you are ready to embed your signature transloading will enable your page to load faster. Some people pay for their file server provider service and by using their image, midi or a link from them in your email or home page it may actually costs them money. If they were to change the URL that you are using then that link would disappear and not be usable by you or anyone else. I randomly change the URL's on my transloaded items to prevent bandwidth theft. Some free hosts do not allow linking which is the use of an image or sound outside of their web pages. And as an added bonus about transloading aka ftp or file transfer protocol click here.
After I have either bounced or validated something I would want to have a reliable test bed that I could verify and test for myself that the HTML tags worked properly. This is one place the art of C/C/P comes in very handy.
I am in the habit of sending emails to myself to further prove that what I am sending works and looks properly. Most of all my emails are written in HTML and I prefer not to embarass myself if I can avoid it. It only takes an extra minute to do this and once again C/C/P comes in very handy here.
The need to have a site to learn from with an excellent tutorial would be a priority.
Sometimes it is necessary to change the extension of an image from a jpg to a gif. Most resizing sites such as Gif Works only work with gifs not jpgs or jpegs. A place called Image Works is a great place to resize jpg's and is to jpg's as Gif Works is to gifs. The last letters of an URL are called the extension. There are images that have a black blackground for example and you might want a blue background so I just make the background transparent.
There is a very easy tool to use for finding the width and heights aka dimensions of an image here here. After you have viewed an image simply tap an F key where you have programmed the above site and scroll down and you'll see the image and with one click the dimensions will appear. The use of the width and height attributes will aid in the image loading faster. Besides the width and height dimensions I add this border="0" to further help the browser load the image or images even faster. For the fastest loading of an image and BTW, by the way, the correct syntax here is the proper way for the browser to place and load the image.
<img width="?" height="?" border="0" src="image URL here" alt="name of image">
This way the browser first sees the tag of img, image, then the dimensions (width goes first) and puts the src,source, in its measured and reserved place. The alt attribute is not recognized by WebTV browsers so only use the alt for a web page that computers will view.
Have you ever wondered what the various WebTV colors are? Well here they are plus 216 Netscape version 3.0 colors which will allow you to see how they look by choosing a particular colored background.
This is for using HTML in New Groups
Since the Server Side Color Upgrade it is necessary to use <body bgcolor="#....." text="#....."> after <html> for the message to appear with the correct colors or you'll have a white background with black text. The bgcolor and text colors are the same as used in your signature box. If you want a different text color after that then use <font color="#.....">text goes here</font> and you're good to go. For more on this subject click here.
And last but by no means least buy an HTML manual or two and read, practice and if not sure of something ask a question by posting in a news group.
Here are some additional sites that will demonstrate different reload codes, font colors, body bgcolors and links, text style, relative and absolute addresses (URL's), some other attributes of the <<>body> tag, modem conection speed, a color picker for all of the below, How To Buffer Url's, my favorite posts, WebTV colors and make your own lines and bars.
Font Color Demo
How To Align
Body Bgcolors And Links
News Group Yellow Pages
Text Style and Color Demo
Relative & Absolute Addresses (URL's)
Additional Body Tag Attributes
New Server Side Upgrade Colors
Modem Connection Speed
How To Make Marquees
How To Buffer URL's
My Favorite Posts
Cmd Key Uses
Lines & Bars
Then last but not least I would go to this page and look at all of the great sites and definitely save this one.
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