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2/28/1998 4:25 AM
Steve A.
Blue Italics for quoted text in posts
All:  
 
    I noticed John using blue italics for quoted text in posts the other day and thought it looked great as well as making the post very readable. Here is the HTML code for blue italics:  
 
<I><FONT COLOR="#0000AF">Quoted text</FONT></I>  
 
Steve Ahola  
 
P.S. For a horizontal tab effect (HTML will ignore tabs and multiple spaces), I have my programmable keyboard set to spit out 4 of these:  
 
&nbsp;
 
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3/5/1998 12:45 PM
stephen

Yes...blue italics looks cool.  
I'm really an analogue person, and seriously backward about HTML and such.  
I just stumble through somehow, and try not to do any damage. But I'm quite fast at learning things from a small working example, and extending  
it from there. .  
If I tell you that I'm reading this page via Win 3.11 and Netscape 2.0.and that I don't have a programmable keyboard....can you explain how I use this code to highlight quoted bits of previous messages - as John is doing. I'm a bit cautious about typing in anything except straight text, in case I screw up the message parsing back at the server.  
- Stephen
 
3/5/1998 3:26 PM
Steve Morrison

I'm a bit cautious about typing in anything except straight text, in case I screw up the message parsing back at the server.
 
 
Not to worry, Stephen. That's why we have the "Preview Message" button for posts. Use the preview to see how your post will look, and when you've got it how you want it then press the "Post Message" button. I'm always here to fix goofed-up posts as well.  
 
For an example, here's how I quoted what you said above:  
 
<BLOCKQUOTE><I><FONT COLOR="#0000AF">I'm a bit cautious about typing in anything except straight text, in case I screw up the message parsing back at the server.</FONT></I></BLOCKQUOTE>
 
3/6/1998 8:43 PM
stephen
Like this?  
 
I'm always here to fix goofed-up  
posts...  
 
 
Stephen
 
3/6/1998 9:27 PM
stephen
Like this?  
 
I'm always here to fix goofed-up  
posts..
 
...works fine - once I remember to  
spell 'color' in the US way. (Brit.  
'colour' doesn't work :-)  
...and I suppose this produces plain green ...although this one's easier to read.  
(Er...anyone got a hex-to-dec chart?)  
 
(I understand the blockquote bit, I just didn't use it this time)  
 
BTW, Is this entry-level HTML mark-up?  
It's a bit like the old type-setting markup  
for print media.  
 
Cool...Now how do I put in simple line  
drawings  
 
Stephen
 
3/6/1998 10:33 PM
Steve Morrison

Looks like you're getting the hang of it, Stephen.  
 
Basic HTML is a bit simpler than the old typesetter mark-up, but very similar in principle.  
 
There are no drawing commands in HTML, but if you want to put in an ascii schem it must be enclosed between a pair of <PRE></PRE> tags to retain the proper formatting.  
 
GIF of JPEG images can be inserted using the <IMG> tag. Below is an example using the AMPAGE logo:  
 
The code:  
<IMG SRC="http://www.firebottle.com/ampage/logo.gif">  
 
The result:  
" target="_blank">http://www.firebottle.com/ampage/logo.gif">  
 
Of course, this only works if the image is already available from a web server somewhere.  
 
I've been thinking of setting up an anonymous ftp directory so that people could upload images and then reference them in BBS posts, like this:  
 
The code:  
<IMG SRC="ftp://ftp.firebottle.com/pub/schems/vd.gif">  
 
The result:  
" target="_blank">ftp://ftp.firebottle.com/pub/schems/vd.gif">
 
3/6/1998 10:38 PM
John Greene
You consistantly seem to be 5 minutes ahead of me on these! :)
 

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