Frequently Asked Questions - Dynamic Web Tool Techniques
Thanks for asking good questions about how things work. We have formulated a list of questions that comes up on almost every job. We have found this list very helpful. We hope you will too.
Dynamic Web Tool Questions
1. Does the dynamic web tool allow us to make text into hyper links ?
Yes it does. It is simple to make a hyper link. Just cut and paste this text into the appropriate box inside the web tool dialog box to test it.
<a href="lastpage.htm">This text</a>is a link to a page on this Web site. The words "This text" will be linked to the page "lastpage.htm". You can make links to existing pages or create your own PDF files.
For more information use this tutorial: Create hyperlinks - How to create hyperlinks.
2. Can we make mail-to links ?
Yes. Just like using the simple "href" tag, a mail link uses the same. An added field called "subject" automatically adds a subject line to the mail popup for the user. Try it out yourself in the web tool. Cut and paste the following text:
<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?Subject=Hello%20again">Send Mail</a>
Notice that the information supplied right after the "=" is the address that the email will be mailed to; most likely you will want to substitute your own email address here.
Yes. Making text bold is done by using a simple html tag called "<strong>". Where you are starting the text that is bold, just place the tag - "<strong>". When you want to end the bolding, just finish by adding the complete bolding tag - "</strong>".
For more information use this tutorial: Create bold text - How to bold text
4. Can we make text italic ?
Yes. Making text italic is done by using a simple html tag called "<i>". Where you are starting the text that is italic, just place the tag - "<i>". When you want to end the italic, just finish by adding the complete italic tag - "</i>". It's that easy.
5. Can we make text blue ?
Yes. Making text blue is done by using a simple html tag called "<font color="2A2EED">". Where you are starting the text that is blue, just place the tag - "<font color="2A2EED">". When you want to end the blue color, just finish by adding the complete font color tag - "</font>". Notice that the 2A2EED is a hexidecimal code for blue. If you wanted to use a different color, just use a different code. Hexidecimal codes can be found at: http://www.homepagemadeeasy.com/color_chart.html
6. Can we change the vertical spacing of our text ?
No, unless a special tool was requested and designed before the start of the job.This is generally done by us using Style Sheets. This is a global variable that changes all the text on all the pages together at once. Say for example you wanted the vertical spacing for all your page body copy to be 14 pt instead of 12 pt so that there was more space for easier reading. Just ask us and we will make the change. Or request a special tool at the beginning of the job and we will design this into the job for a small fee so you can change your own text.
7. Can we make bullet points ?
Yes. Just use the tag "
<li>". Where you are starting the text that is bullet point just place the tag - "<li>". When you want to end the tag's effect just finish by adding the end tag - "</li>". For additional information you can go to: http://www.w3.org/Style/Examples/011/firstcss
8. Can we make text have a strike through?
Yes. The tag or attribute that is used is the <strike> tag. Where the strike through needs to start, just start with the tag <strike>. Where you need to end the strike through, just use the tag </strike>.
9. Can we make hyper links link to a specific item or part of a page?
Yes. This is called "Anchor Tag and the Name Attribute". Use a similar method to creating a hyper link you used before with a new twist.
The name attribute is used to create a named anchor. When using named anchors you can create links that can jump directly into a specific section on a page, instead of letting the user scroll around to find what she is looking for.
You just use two parts. This in your hyper link
And this in the body copy area to match the two up <a name="tips">Useful Tips Section</a>.
For a further explanation see this link and look under "The Anchor Tag and the Name Attribute".
10. Can we make text have an underline?
(Our recomendation: Don't use this, very bad to use from a user interface point of view)
The tag for this is <u> </u> . Where the underline needs to start, just begin with the tag <u>. Where you need to end the underline, just use the tag </u>. A word of caution, underlines are not used any more since they tend to confuse a user. The confusion is that a typical hyperlink, is underlined, which gets the user to another place. When they try to click on an underline with the "<u> tag, no action happens and most visitors get frustrated and think the site is broke. Please don't use this tag.
11. Can we change the background color of the page?
In most cases yes. That is if you requested it before the construction of the beta site. Changing the background color of the page is done by putting in a 6 digit code for the color you want. Just go to the dynamic web tool, and type in the color you want in the box called "pageBG". For example, the color black would require you to type in "#000000".
12 Are there any illegal characters that we can't use?
Yes. Here is a list of the characters that can't be used. If they are used, the database generally doesn't accept any more changes on that page. It is important to be vigilant about these characters. Although there aren't too many, iot's important that you become familar with these. These are bugs in MySql and are not due to our dynamic web tool.
Illegal characters include:
\ (back slash)
- (minus sign)
+ (pus sign)
' (single quote)
= (equal sign)
These are the characters you should not use (at the time of this writing).
The list may grow longer or get shorter depending on changes made to MySql as a database language. For now, this is a good place to start in avoiding potential problems with your dynamic content. Note that Liquid Commotion does not warranty work for bugs that are caused either by today's public domain languages such as PHP or MySql, or the incorrect use of our dynamic webtool by the client. It is the client's responsibility to learn how to use the tool correctly, and especially know this FAQ page above. We encourage questions to us before mistakes are made if the use is not clear.
13. Can we increase or decrease the font size in areas of the site?
Yes. Let's say you want to isolate a quote from the main body text. First you would use the <br> tag to get separation. Then you would use the font tag to increase the size of the quote content. Simply put the font tag just before the quote starts like this - <font size="3">. And then at the end of the quote make sure to close the command like this - </font>. A more detailed example can be found at: http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_fonts.asp.