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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                    September 21, 2006
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This week...

- Webmaster Tip: Font Size Bugaboo
- Surfin' the Web: Threadless
- Software Spotlight: Open Office
- The Oddball Wall: Cartoonville
- Computer Tip: Clear My Recent Documents Menu
 
Jay Ward, the creator of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, bought 
a private island and dubbed it 'Moosylvania'. On the show, 
Bullwinkle was the President of Moosylvania. Jay Ward collected 
thousands of signatures on a petition to have Moosylvania become 
the 51st state of the United States.
 
Obviously the petition was unsuccessful, but I'll bet it would 
be a mighty big tourist attraction today if the attempt had 
been successful.


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WEBMASTER TIP - Font Size Bugaboo
 
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: I'm really stuck. On my page text gets progressively 
smaller everytime I start a new paragraph, but only in Netscape. 
The problem doesn't occur in other browsers. What the cheese-
burger is that?
 
Simon Says: Hmm...I've never heard of a cheeseburger used in 
that way before. The cheeseburger is...
 
...a problem that occurs in versions of Netscape 4. The problem 
occurs when text size is set using relative size units in CSS. 
CSS support was pretty buggy in older browsers, but it's 
excellent today. You should consider upgrading your browser.
 
Specifically, older Netscape browsers treated each paragraph 
after the first one as a direct child of the first, so it 
inherited the properties and values of the parent paragraph. 
If you set a text size using inline CSS or through a class 
attribute, if the text size was in relative terms, such as a 
percentage, the browser would reduce the text size until it 
reached a certain point, then it would stop and return to 
normal...only to start the cycle all over again.

The cause is seemingly when the closing paragraph tag and the 
next opening paragraph tag are butted up against each another, 
like so: 

 

) Add a space or line break) between the closing and opening paragraph tags and the problem goes away. ------------------------------------------------------------ The #1 DVD Rental Site Just Got Even Better... Check out Netflix and see why now is the time to join: - Only $5.99 a month. - No Late Fees. - Over 65,000 Titles. - Free Trial. And of course shipping is always free both ways. Get more info and browse the more than 60,000 titles by visiting: check out Netflix ------------------------------------------------------------ SURFIN' THE WEB - Threadless Have you ever thought you had a witty slogan for a t-shirt? Maybe you think you could create a great design for at-shirt? Want to win $2,000 in cash and prizes? Maybe you just want an unusual t-shirt or three to wear around? At Threadless, community members (visitors who join the web site, it's free) submit t-shirt witticisms and even their own designs, members then get to vote for which ones should be made into a t-shirt, and the highest scoring designs and slogans are made into t-shirts and offered for sale. The community members seem to like the place because many send in photos of themselves wearing Threadless t-shirts, and there are over 42,000 pictures of community members to browse. Why someone would want to do that I don't know, but I can't know everything. It's enough that I know almost everything, I don't want to appear too greedy. http://www.threadless.com/ ------------------------------------------------------------ GopherCentral's Question of the Week Do you think that Bush should meet with the Iranian President? Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week ------------------------------------------------------------ SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - Open Office Open Office is a complete office software suite comparable to Microsoft Office -- except Open Office of free. Open Source is compatible with all other major office suites. Open Office is an open-source project, meaning there's a whole community of programmers continually working on improvements, and as with all open source products, it's free to download, use, and distribute. Open Office consists of: WRITER (word processor), CALC (spread- sheet program), IMPRESS (multimedia presentation software), DRAW (graphics program), BASE (database software), and a few other programs. http://www.openoffice.org/ 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. ------------------------------------------------------------ This can be your chance to be 10 K Richer... You could be the next $10,000 iWon weekday winner - plus, get the latest news, sports scores, stock quotes and more. You could win up to $25 Million just for checking your email, reading your horoscope, or catching up on the latest news. To get your chance to win cash, visit: Don't miss your chance at cash ------------------------------------------------------------ THE ODDBALL WALL - Cartoonville On this day in 1912, Chuck Jones was born. Chuck Jones (1912 - 2002) was one of America's favorite animators having brought Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe le Pew and other beloved cartoon characters to life. A winner of four Oscars, including the honorary Oscar, the Lifetime Achievement Award, Chuck was a pleasant part of millions and millions of childrens daily lives. Happy Birthday, Chuck, and thanks for the colorful memories. 1) How many animated films did Chuck Jones make? a. 100-200 b. 200-300 c. over 300 2) Who was the voice of Bugs Bunny? a. Mel Blanc b. Rich Little c. Chuck Jones 3) In the cartoon, Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, who stars as Daffy Ducks space cadet sidekick? a. Marvin Martian b. Porky Pig c. Daphney Duck 4) What character with a light bulb shaped head talked liked this, "Oh, I'm gweatly gwatified to see you, Doctor. That wabbit has dwiven me almost cwazy." (taken from the script for Hare Tonic)? a. Elmer Funt b. Elmer Fudd c. Elmer Glue 5) Which cartoon character became famous uttering lines like, "Smart boy, got a mind like a steel trap...full of mice." and, "That boy is about as sharp as a bowling ball." a. Quickdraw McGraw b. Tennessee Tuxedo c. Foghorn Leghorn 6) Officially cast as a cowboy, this cartoon character played a different role (cowboy, knight, pirate, legionnaire, duke, confederate soldier, etc.) in almost every cartoon he was in. Who was this pint sized, loud voiced antagonist? a. Yosemite Sam b. Tasmanian Devil (Taz) c. Speedy Gonzalez 7) One of my favorite cartoon characters and one of the best loved cartoon characters of all time, this homely hero was the first cartoon character to have a statue erected in his honor. Who was he? a. Dudley Do-right b. Popeye c. Dagwood Bumstead 8) The middle initials of The Simpsons characters Homer J. Simpson, Bart J. Simpson, and Abraham J. Simpson, as well as those of Futurama characters Philip J. Fry, Hubert J. Farnsworth, and Cubert J. Farnsworth are a tribute to Jay Ward his cartoon characters ____ and ____. This is not a multiple choice question, you must fill in the blanks. And now for a tough question sure to animate your imagination... 9) Chuck Jones wasn't just an animator, he was also a thinker. Which of the following quotes is NOT something Chuck Jones said or wrote? a. Human beings will line up for miles to buy a bucket of catastrophes, but don't try selling sunshine and light - you'll go broke. b. You do not suffer if you decide 'that's the way it is' rather than 'why is it this way?' c. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. 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. over 300 2) a. Mel Blanc 3) b. Porky Pig 4) b. Elmer Fudd 5) c. Foghorn Leghorn 6) a. Yosemite Sam 7) b. Popeye 8) Rocky J. (Rocky) Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose 9) c. Aim above morality... This quote is of Henry David Thoreau. ------------------------------------------------------------ COMPUTER TIPS - Clear My Recent Documents Menu A lot of people who share computers don't want the My Recent Documents to reveal what documents they have recently opened. There are two simple ways to prevent that. If you just want to clear one or two files you can delete them manually by right-clicking the file and choosing Delete from the context menu. This doesn't delete the file, it only clears it from the list. If you want to clear the entire list: 1) Right-click the Start button and select Properties. 2) On the Start Menu tab, click the Customize button. 3) Click the Advanced tab. 4) At the bottom of the Advanced dialog is button labeled Clear. Click it to clear the My Recent Documents list. This does not delete the files, it only clears the list. If you don't want Windows to keep a list at all, uncheck the box for "List my most recently opened documents" and Windows will stop populating the list. 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. ------------------------------------------------------------ Until next week, ponder these words of Franklin D. Roosevelt: The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Have an interesting day, Simon Questions? Comments? Email me at: tutor@gophercentral.com ------------------------------------------------------------- You can discuss this latest issue in the new Internet Tutor forum. Check it out here... Internet Tutor Forum To see more issues please visit: Internet Tutor Archives _____________________________________________________________ END OF THE INTERNET TUTOR Copyright 2006 by NextEra Media. 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