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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                      March 23, 2006 

This week...
- Webmaster Tip: What's Up, Doc(type)?
- Surfin' the Web: Miss Abigail's Time Warp Advice
- Software Spotlight: Best Web Design Tips
- The Oddball Wall: Whether You Know Weather...or Not!
- Computer Tip: Permanently Expanding Favorites Folder
More often than not when I watch TV it's to learn rather than 
to be entertained. My wife, on the other hand, watches TV to 
be entertained rather than to learn. It should come as no 
surprise then, that when we are both watching TV at the same 
time, I'm usually in the family room and she's in the living 
The one exception to that is when we're watching HGTV (Home 
and Garden network). Watching HGTV together gives us a chance 
to disagree about everything from decorating styles to garden 
plants...and we often do.
I'm not complaining, it makes us both more appreciative of 
each having our own TV viewing areas. See...there's a bright 
side to everything!
PS - There are a lot of things we enjoy together, TV just 
doesn't happen to be one of them. That's probably a good 
thing, lest we become total coach potatoes.


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WEBMASTER TIP - What's Up, Doc(type)?
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 
Question: What is the "doctype" I see at the top of some web 
site's source code?
Simon Says: According to HTML standards, each HTML document 
should have a document type declaration or "DOCTYPE" for 
short. The DOCTYPE should be on the first line of the HTML 
document. It basically tells an HTML validator which version 
of HTML to use in checking the document's syntax.

If you have a DOCTYPE that was added by an HTML editor, don't 
change it. If your source shows no DOCTYPE before your <.html> 
tag, you might try adding this one:
<.!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "

You might find that adding that changes the appearance of 
your page some, that's because the DOCTYPE also tells the 
browser which version of HTML to use to display the page. 
If it changes the display too much, you can use this partial 
<.!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
Truth be known, not having a DOCTYPE won't negatively affect 
most web pages as far as how the browser renders them, so if 
you don't have them now it probably isn't critical that you 
add them if adding them causes display problems. You might 
want to consider using them in the future though.
REMINDER: Be sure to remove the period after the left arrow 
bracket if you add one of these DOCTYPEs to your pages.

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SURFIN' THE WEB - Miss Abigail's Time Warp Advice

Abigail Grotke has been collecting advice books. Her 
collection begins with a book published in 1822 and goes 
through 1979, amounting to about 1,000 books and still 

Abigail also has a book coming out based on her web site. 
This is an interesting site for several reasons. Of course, 
you can find some darn good advice here covering just about 
every topic you can imagine, but it's also interesting to 
see how advice and writing styles have changed over time.

One thing I've noticed, especially over the last 10-20 
years, is how common courtesy, manners, respect for others, 
and the general moral fabric of societies worldwide has 
been in a constant state of decline. I wish everyone would 
give this site a thorough read, maybe we can regain a 
little of the good we've lost.


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THE ODDBALL WALL - Whether You Know Weather...or Not!
On this day in 1917, a four day rampage of tornadoes killed 
211 people in the Midwestern US. Since we have some kind of 
weather every day, let's see what you know about it.
1) What's the difference between a typhoon and a hurricane?
a. where they originate   b. time of year   c. direction of 
2) Those wonderful Australian's have colorful names for just 
about everything. What do the Aussie's call hurricanes?
a. blow-me-downs   b. whoosh-aways   c. willy-willys

3) What's the US record for snowfall from a single storm? 
Give yourself a bonus point if you can name the state where 
it fell.
a. 92 inches   b. 143 inches   c. 189 inches
4) How fast do raindrops fall?
a. 7-18 mph   b. 25-36 mph   c. 43-54 mph

5) Which US city has the highest average annual snowfall?
a. Valdez, Alaska   b. Stampede Pass, Washington   c. Caribou, 

6) Which has the higher wind speed, an F4 tornado or a 
category 4 hurricane?
a. tornado   b. hurricane   c. d-uh, it's the same range
7) On average, how many inches of snow equal one inch of rain?
a. 5   b. 10   c. 15
8) What color of the spectrum is emitted from a deep hole in 
the snow?
a. white   b. blue   c. yellow
And now for a twister on today's weather theme...

9) Who among the following comedians was NOT a TV weatherman 
at some point in his career?
a. Jay Leno   b. David Letterman   c. Steve Martin
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.
1) a. Where they originate
2) c. willy-willys
3) c. 189 inches (Mt. Shasta, California, 1959)
4) a. 7-18 mph (friction breaks raindrops apart at faster 
5) b. Stampede Pass, Washington (440.3 inches per year)
6) a. tornado*
7) b. 10
8) b. blue**
9) c. comedian Steve Martin

* A category 5 hurricane has wind speeds of 131 to 155 mph, 
an F4 tornado has wind speeds of 207-260 mph.
** Called Rayleigh scattering, the light emanating from a 
hole in the snow 18" or deeper will have a blue hue due to 
the same light scattering process that causes the sky to be 

COMPUTER TIPS - Permanently Expanding Favorites Folder
Someone wrote to me about having to click the down arrow to 
expand their Favorites folder, citing that it was a nuisance 
they didn't need. They wanted to know if this behavior could 
be changed.
It can be.
1) Open Internet Explorer and select Tools/Internet Options.
2) Click the Advanced tab.
3) In the Browsing section, uncheck Enable Personalized 
 Favorites Menu.
4) Click OK to close the dialog. Close Internet Explorer and 
Problem solved.
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, remember these words of Albert Einstein: The 
true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Have an interesting day, Simon

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