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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                      March 30, 2006 
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This week...

- Webmaster Tip: Best CSS Font Sizing
- Surfin' the Web: Science.gov
- Software Spotlight: FileStructureToHTML
- The Oddball Wall: Two Cents an Acre
- Computer Tip: Create a New Toolbar and Hide It

I was enjoying a break from routine by sitting in a park on 
a warm day and watching a guy trying to teach his dog to sit. 
He had a large dog, but I'm not sure what kind it was. He'd 
give the "sit" command then push down on the dog's rear end, 
forcing the dog to sit, then he'd give it an "atta boy" and 
a treat. Next, he'd walk a few steps to get the dog up and 
he'd repeat the routine.

The guy must have gotten tired of standing though, because 
after a few minutes he squatted down in front of the dog 
and gave the sit command. While the guy was squatting, the 
dog lunged forward putting his paws on the guys shoulders, 
knocking the guy backwards onto his rear end.

I thought that was the best "sit" of the day.  :)


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WEBMASTER TIP - Best CSS Font Sizing

Note: In code examples I add a period after each left arrow
bracket so the code can be viewed in all e-mail programs. If 
you copy and paste, be sure to remove the periods or it won't 
work.

Question: Coding a font size used to be easy, but now with 
CSS fonts are measured in so many different ways (pixels, 
ems, etc.) how is one supposed to know which is best?

Simon Says: Using pixels is the most reliable cross-platform 
way to code a font size. Every other measurement has a bug or 
two in one browser or another.

With CSS you code the font size in a linked style sheet, 
embedded in the HEAD section of the page, or inline. Since 
showing how to create a linked style sheet requires more 
space that I have here, I'll show you how to embed a font 
size and how to use an inline style. If you'd like to learn 
how to create linked style sheets visit this tutorial:

http://www.htmlville.com/css/index.shtml

To code a font size using inline CSS is easy:

<.font style="size: 12px;">

blah, blah, blah

<./font>

That would render any text between the font opening and 
closing tags at 12 pixels tall. Change the number to change 
the text size. You can use as many of these on a page as you 
need, just so you close the first before opening the second.

To code a font size that will be used throughout the page 
(unless an inline size is used somewhere) it's better to 
embed the font size in the HEAD section of the page:

<.style type="text/css">

font {font-size: 12px;}

<./style>

Just place that between the opening and closing HEAD tags 
and that will control the text on the whole page. You can 
add many other font attributes to that if you wish:

<.style type="text/css">

font {color: #47323F; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; 
font-weight: bold;}

<./style>

With that one declaration, I've coded the page text to be 
rendered in a color about like an eggplant in the Arial 
font, with a font size of 12 pixels and in bold. If you 
have a place on your page where you don't want that, use 
an inline style font tag to override it.


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SURFIN' THE WEB - Science.gov

Science.gov provides for the first time wide public access 
and search of the government’s vast stores of scientific 
and technical information.

Here you can learn about topics as diverse as animals, net-
working, astrophysics, health, biotechnology, electronics, 
the planets, the environment, find homework help and more. 
Much, much more.

Bookmark it!

http://www.science.gov/


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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week

Do you believe President Bush is doing a good job in office?

 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week

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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - FileStructureToHTML

FileStructureToHTML, despite the unwieldy name, is a handy 
dandy application. It creates an HTML or TEXT file of your 
selected drive or a specific directory. That's a feature I 
always thought should have been included with Windows, but 
it isn't.

Create a listing of songs, videos, images, HTML pages, or 
other items based on the extensions you enter. The files can 
be organized in a tree, bulleted listing, an HTML table, or 
as a text file.

http://fsth.sourceforge.net/

Note: I do not provide support for the featured software. 
Contact the software vendor for support. No warranty is 
made or implied as to the usefulness or appropriateness of 
featured software.


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THE ODDBALL WALL - Two Cents an Acre

On this day in 1867, US Secretary of State William H. Seward 
agreed to purchase Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000. Critics 
quickly attacked Seward for spending so much money on an 
"icebox" -- which soon became known as "Seward's folly."

However, at a cost of two cents per acre and with the 
discovery of tons of gold and billions of barrels of oil, 
history obviously holds Seward in much higher regard than 
did his contemporaries. It may have been the best land buy 
in the history of the world!

Let's see what you know about Alaska...

1) If you could fish every day for 50 years, about how many 
lakes would you have to fish in each day to fish in every 
lake in Alaska?
a. 7   b. 52   c. 165

2) What's the highest point in Alaska?
a. Mt. McKinley   b. Mt. Everest   c. Mt. Ranier

3) What's the state flower of Alaska?
a. mountain rose   b. forget-me-not   c. snow tulip

4) Alaska is over twice the size of Texas, measuring about 
1,400 miles from the northern tip to the southern tip. How 
wide is Alaska from east to west?
a. 1,600 miles   b. 2,100 miles   c. 2,700 miles

5) The largest national forest in the United States is in 
Alaska. What's the name?
a. Denali National Forest   b. Tongass National Forest   
c. Prudhoe Bay National Forest

6) What is the capital of Alaska?
a. Juneau   b. Anchorage   c. Fairbanks

7) Which of the following is geographically the closest to 
Alaska?
a. Russia   b. (continental) United States   c. Greenland

8) What ocean borders Alaska on the north?
a. Pacific Ocean   b. Aleutian Ocean   c. Arctic Ocean

And now for Alaskan-sized toughie...

9) Benny Benson is a famous Alaskan. Why?
a. He hiked across Alaska at age 74.
b. He designed the state flag at age 13.
c. He's the only US postal carrier that delivers mail by 
 dogsled.

Answers below, here's the scoring:

9 correct: Perfection!
7-8 correct: Outstanding
5-6 correct: Very Good
2-4 correct: Fairly Fair
0-1 correct: Turn the TV off.

Answers:

1) c. 164...there are over 3,000,000 lakes in Alaska
2) a. Mt. McKinley
3) b. forget-me-not
4) c. 2,700 miles, as wide as the continental US from coast to 
 coast
5) b. Tongass National Forest
6) a. Juneau -- and it's only accessible by boat or plane!
7) a. Russia
8) c. Arctic Ocean
9) b. He designed the state flag at age 13.


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COMPUTER TIPS - Create a New Toolbar and Hide It

If you have you have Internet Explorer 4.0 or later and Windows 
98 or later, you can create a toolbar out of any folder in one 
easy step.

1) Click and drag the folder over to any screen edge, let go 
and a toolbar appears.

Wish your new toolbar didn't take up so much of your desktop 
space? Hide it until you need it!

Just right-click a blank area of the taskbar and choose Auto-
hide on Windows 98. On Windows XP right-click a blank area and 
choose Properties. Under Taskbar Appearance choose Autohide 
the taskbar.

The taskbar will disappear. When you need it, just move your 
mouse pointer to the edge of the screen where you created it 
and like magic it will pop back in place.

Disclaimer: Advice in this column is presented as informational
and is true to the best of my knowledge. Any decisions to follow
this advice is your responsibility. Your computer, your choice.


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Until next week, remember these words of Carol Buchner: They 
may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you 
made them feel.

Have an interesting day, Simon

Questions? Comments? Email me at: tutor@gophercentral.com

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