So you have a file on your PC and you want to make life easy for yourself and create a link from a personal home page in your browser to that file. But you want a program, like NotePad to open that file. What do you do?
But recently I had a need to simply open a text file on my pc, in Notepad. Now I could have changed how the browser handles files like this and anytime it finds a .txt file, it can open Notepad instead of displaying the file in the browser. But that’s not what I wanted to do. I only want Notepad to open for this one file, on this one page, for this one link. There’s got to be an easier way than all that overkill coding!
Of course there is. And a huge thanks to my very smart friends on MozillaZine – a Message Board for everything Mozilla. And in particular a big thanks to Gingerbread Man! I love that place. Now let me say this solution does not work with Chrome or IE. All I can suggest there is…use Firefox. Continue reading →
A CAPTCHA is a program that can tell whether its user is a human or a computer. Computer programs can be bots that surf your site looking for information to use for malicious purposes. This type of phishing can capture email addresses on your contact forms and then begin spamming you endlessly. Or hackers can attempt to use your email for the spamming purposes.
Captcha creates a generating and grading test that humans can pass but current computer programs cannot.
You can acquire a free, secure and accessible CAPTCHA from the reCAPTCHA project. This is a Google project and it can be used for WordPress, MediaWiki, PHP, ASP.NET, Perl, Python, Java, and many other environments.
They’re becoming very popular because they are affective in dealing with the phishing problems. And for the most part, they’re pretty easy to set up and use. You’ve probably seen these tests when you’ve filled out a request form or tried to email someone through a contact form. For example, humans can read distorted text as the one shown below, but current computer programs can’t. Continue reading →
There are many reasons you might want to create a web form for you site. It can be a contact form to gather specific information from visitors, feedback on a particular topic for a school project or perhaps you’re hosting a tea part and need information from guests in an RSVP.
If you’re a business you may want to design a job application, or service request form for customers to complete. Forms aren’t just for email! You’ve probably filled out dozens of forms online for a wide range of reasons.
There are several ways to design a form and there are two parts to that design. The form itself and a program that processes the data entered into the form. That program can be easy, such as a Contact Form. Or it can be complicated, such as those used by corporations to take in data, process it and give you a specific result.
This post isn’t about the programs. It’s about the forms and how to set up an easy Contact Form that you can use for eMail contact, a questionnaire or that RSVP and anything else you might want to have eMailed to you. Continue reading →
Tables are a common addition to a web site. They can be used for more things than just displaying spreadsheets or organizing tabular data. A table can be used to create a certain look or presentation to a web page. They can be used to create a certain format for text, to show the separation of topics within a subject and even, show off your latest picks for this seasons Football picks. You can even have tables embedded inside other tables.
A number of the posts here in the HTML Tutorial, use tables to section out the information for a particular tag, or part of a tag with the instructional text that describe how it works. But tables can also be extraordinarily frustrating. Especially if you’re using them on a blog. Continue reading →
When you create a webpage your using HyperText Markup Language (HTML) to tell a browser how to display the text and images to your visitors. You can learn more about its history and creation on Wikipedia which has a pretty complete entry for HTML.
Basically HTML had its prototypes developed at The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in 1980. Physicist Tim Berners-Lee has been credited with starting the whole thing off. By 1989, he began work on a browser technology to easily display the evolved versions of his prototype language and HTML was developed. Berners-Lee and CERN data systems engineer Robert Cailliau collaborated on a joint request for funding, but the project was not formally adopted by CERN. The first publicly available description of HTML was a document called “HTML Tags”, first mentioned on the Internet by Berners-Lee in late 1991. Continue reading →
In your web page design it maybe necessary for some part of your textual information to include special characters, such as the copyright or trademark symbol.
These special characters are referred to as ASCII Characters. The American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) was developed from telegraphic codes. Its first commercial use was as a seven-bit teleprinter code promoted by Bell data services.
ASCII includes definitions for 128 characters: 33 are non-printing control characters (many now obsolete) that affect how text and space are processed and 95 printable characters, including the space (which is considered an invisible graphic) – Wikipedia ASCII.
Today’s HTML and Blog editors allow you to simply copy the symbol and paste it into your text. Back in the day, you could only add these characters by knowing the special ASCII Code. You can find codes for the Office, Business, Math, Currency, Astrological and Weather symbols and even Chess and Playing Cards. Continue reading →
Yesterday I shared a technogeek notice about the internet wide security bug known as HeartBleed. “Catastrophic is the right word. On the scale of one to 10, this is an 11,” blogged Bruce Schneier an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. This was truly a serious issue.
This bug was part of the security protocol that is widely used by a large part of the internet community world wide and it was a fairly serious issue. It affected you whither or not you realized it.
This afternoon I’m beginning to receive notifications from the several host providers I work with explaining there was an issue and they have patched the bug to close the security hole. Of course they said it with a lot more techno-gargen, but the point is, they fixed it on their servers. Continue reading →
You may have noticed your internet connection is slow today, or you’re having problems sending eMail this week. You’re not the only one. That’s because there’s a bug in a piece of software that is widely used by many companies across the board for internet connectivity. It’s called OpenSSL.
It’s important to understand how THIS AFFECTS YOU as a casual user of the internet and why it’s so serious.
OpenSSL manages security behind the scenes for your secured connections while you’re surfing on the internet and doing your day to day business or personal activities. That’s social media, logging into your own blog, even your email servers probably run on OpenSSL.
It most probably also affects your Bank Account, and potentially any secured transaction you use online, from paying a bill, looking at your checking account balance, or buying that perfect Teapot on eBay. Even paying for an app on your phone could be impacted. It’s that wide spread. Continue reading →
A picture can speak 1,000 words. Graphics can add a lot of flair to your web site. They put your words into images and grab the attention of the reader. How many articles have you clicked on, because the picture was intriguing?
Too many graphics can also be a deterrent to visitors. The more graphics you have, the longer your web page takes to load. In a world of instant gratification, if users have to wait, they cancel your page and go on to something else. You must use your own judgment to find that happy medium.
You also don’t want to use graphics that are too large for you article. I don’t mean taking up white space, and condensing your paragraphs to a tiny column next to the image. I mean taking up disk space which affects load time when you’re page is accessed through a browser. Remember not everyone is on a high speed internet connection. But even if they were, you don’t want people waiting for your page to load, because the image files are too large. Continue reading →
If you’re on the web, you already know what a LINK is. It’s highlighted words, phrases or images that take a reader to another page, on your website or blog, or to another website entirely.
They can be used to add information to an article, to categorize information, group services or products for a company, or a variety of other points of interest. They can even be used to set up any easy method for visitors to send you email.
Links are pretty simple things to code, but they do have a few parameters that are worth noting. Continue reading →