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Blogs filed with the tag - Formatting+Text
Jun 30,2006
My text all runs together. What's with that?
Filed under: Support Tags: HTML Formatting+Text

The language used to format your data on your website and publish it on the internet is called HTML. For the most part, MyArtClub.Com looks after the formatting of data on your site so you don't have to. However when you enter your Artist Information or Art Information, your data is subject to the same HTML formatting rules as the rest of your website. Using HTML, the web will delete all carriage returns, line feeds and extra spaces that you have entered. Therefore when you enter the following data into the MyArtClub.Com Artist data entry form: Gallery ABC 123 Main Street Vancouver You will see the information on your site as follows: Gallery ABC 123 Main Street Vancouver You overcome this, you must use a few basic commands to format the text so it appears as you want it to. What are some common format HTML tags you can use on your text? Give me a break You can format the data by adding wherever you'd like to have the Internet start a new line. To get the data to appear as you want, you must enter the data as such: Gallery ABC 123 Main Street Vancouver Tag - Your It When you are adding information to your site, you can format the text with some simple commands (called tags). The tags appear between the < and > characters Provides a line break Provides a space between two lines (paragraph mark) bold text Bolds the text that appears between the tags. underline text Underlines the text that appears between the tags. Lists, Lists, Lists If you wish to create a list of items and either number the list or use bullets to denote the list, you can use the following tags. Use the tag to specify an O rdered (numbered) L ist. Use the tag to specify an U nordered (bulleted) L ist.   For each item in the list, use the tag to specify a List Item. Close the list item with To finish the list, you must close the list with either or depending on the type of list you used. For example if you where to create a list of the medium you paint in, you could format your list as follows Entering your information like this:   Acrylic   Pen and Ink   Watercolour   Your information appears like this Acrylic Pen and Ink Watercolour Entering your information like this   Acrylic   Pen and Ink   Watercolour   Your information appears like this Acrylic Pen and Ink Watercolour Email me a copy To create a link to your email address, use the following html format: [email protected] where you substitute your email address for "[email protected]" Link me up, Scottie To create a link to another site, use the following html format Note Use the exact symbols and (from experience!) test every time you add a new link to make sure it works: Click Here For My Other Site where you substitute your particular web address for "" and where you substitute what you want to be clicked on for Click Here for My Other Site For more information on formatting your text There are many sites which offer information on formatting your text using HTML. Some sites which have introductory information can be found at: The Bare Bones Guide to HTML W3Schools: HTML Goodies: HTML Code Tutorial: You can also buy books which cover these topics at your favourite book store.   read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 10:32
Oct 05,2009
Use a word program to write your text
Filed under: Support Tags: Manage+Site Documents Formatting+Text

MyArtClub recommends for you to use word processing software for all of your text based entries. While you may be tempted to just write all your text on-line, and you certainly free to do so, using a word program has several advantages: Spell check. Nothing looks worse that a typo, and word programs can save you that embarrassment. Saved content. It can take a lot of time to create and edit your web-pages, or blogs. Over time you can create a lot of different content. By saving all the content on your personal computer, you'll have a copy of all your history of changes. It may come in handy, and at least it provides a full record. A bigger page to see what you are editing. In many cases, only a small portion of the text is visible in the entry box. By using a word program, you can see the entire entry. Keep a back up. When making complex changes using HTML codes, especially when tables and various fonts are involved, it is good to have your original copy in case your new version is not quite ready for primetime. That way, you can try the new copy out online, and if it does not appear to work, paste back the old copy while you adjust the new copy. Here is a quick way to copy the text from the current box. You should be logged into your site and looking at where you make changes to a text box. Place your cursor anywhere inside the text box of interest, and using windows, the short cut is to hold down the ctrl key, and press the 'a' key at the same time. The whole text box is now highlighted even the parts you cannot see. Now hold the ctrl key again and press 'c' at the same time to copy. Move to your word program and place the cursor on the word program where you want the text, then hold down the ctrl key and press 'v' at the same time to paste the copied data into the word program. Now save the word file call it 'original copy'. Save the word file again this time call it 'edited copy'. Edit this second copy, with all your changes, and save the file again. Use the ctrl key and 'a' key at the same time to highlight all the edited text to put back in the internet text box. Hold the ctrl key again and press 'c' at the same time to copy this text. Move to your internet program and place the cursor on the text box where you want the text, then hold down the ctrl key and press 'a' to highlight all the text and press the delete key, then hold down the ctrl key and press 'v' at the same time to paste your edited copy back into the text box. Voila, your text is re-written, and you have a saved copy of both the original and the new text. This article was first published in the My Art News Letter #25 read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 08:08
Oct 30,2011
Google that question you have!
Filed under: Support Fraud Tags: Instruction Formatting+Text

Each time you encounter a question or a computer error, just remember Let Me Google That! (LMGT) Here are a couple uses for Google that can save artists a lot of leg work, and even from losing money: Art Scam Research and Computer How To's Art Scam Research: Over the last couple weeks, MyArtClub.Com has received more than one artist request regarding a proposal to advertise. In one case Google provided fairly quickly a direct link to a blog where many artists had already asked and answered the same question. This one seemed legitimate, and at a cost of only $15 per entry, not a large risk: International Contemporary Masters Yet another, was more directly identified as a scam. But they wanted $1,900 and that is a huge risk!: NY Arts Magazine It is relatively easy to find these. Just enter into the Google search bar the name of the company making the offer. Then peruse the results. Maybe add qualifying words if that does not seem to find what you want, like add the word scam or problem Computer How To's Occasionally related to your computer or your website, you may wonder, "how do I .....??" (you fill in the blank, like say, resize an image file) Just ask the question and often up will come a variety of answers, sometimes even demonstration videos etc. For example, Googling "How do I resize an image" comes up with resizing tools. If you were to add MyArtClub to the request, as in "How do I resize an image MyArtClub", you come to our blog on the subject, at Resize your images Sometimes we get a totally unintelligible error from our computers. Those friendly grey pop ups that write a bunch of gibberish across our screen, and basically tell us in no uncertain terms that we are not going to get what we wanted. Here is what to do. Write down the exact words of the error message, and enter the whole thing into the Google search bar. Almost certainly you will find a discussion about the very same error, and more than likely instructions on exactly what to do that would assist you. So all you need to do is ask Google in as specific a way as you can, as a normal question, and you will find many have asked before you. Of course MyArtClub.Com will support you on these or any other aspects, anytime. Just write to us, at [email protected] What have you used Google to do for you lately? read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 03:43
Jan 13,2013
Get rid of pesky ? marks for apostrophes, quotes
Filed under: Support Feature Tags: HTML Documents Formatting+Text

MyArtClub uses HTML so you have opportunity to put links everywhere you have text, and that includes links to videos etc. But sometimes there are drawbacks when you have the advantages HTML provides, and curly marks is one. It turns out that if your computer or word program inserts a curled apostrophe, or curled quote mark, the HTML code can't read it. HTML code gives the � response, meaning HTML can't interpret this character. So what to do? If you can please use a straight version not curled version of apostrophe. Basically change all the double quotes to " and the single quotes to ' marks. A better way, is to use the HTML special character codes: ' for apostrophes, " for quotes, ‐ for dash and © for copyright symbol. Other special character symbols are shown in full here. By the way, the HTML names sometimes work, but I find the HTML number codes always seem to work, so may be the safer choice. I suspect not every browser supports the names in the same way as the numbers, which no doubt came first in HTML development. Let's show how this works. For example, Ian's "painting". would be: Ian 's " painting ". You could try just typing in the straight (not curly) versions of the characters, such as Ian's "painting".Sometimes writing in the text in Word pad (as opposed to MS Word, which adds formatting and curls the characters) will give you the straight, not curled, versions. That may be worth a try too. But in my experience, the results have been mixed. So somewhat resignedly, I find it easiest to write in the code for one apostrophe, copy the code I mean type in the ' once, copy it, and then paste it where ever there turns out to be a � character that is an apostrophe. Then do the same for quote marks, type in " and copy it and paste it around all the quote marks Bit of a big pain I admit, but it always works. And if you want you can use the MS word program Find and Replace feature to speed this up. Using that you can type as normal, and then review and replace all the codes. Big tip: Important! If you update the blog live, and then go back and do it again, some of the corrections will re-occur as problems. Best advice is if you save a copy of your blog in word, you can do all your substitutions there, of quote marks and other characters, and then you can copy paste the entire corrected copy again and again. Do you have any questions on this? Email us at [email protected] read more ...

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