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Tony's Help Page
created by Lee Newbill 12-21-00

General Comments

Tony, this help file is for you to use as a memory "backup", and in case Chris or Judy start working the computer and need assistance.  We will develop this as we go.  When you hit a hard spot and need more advice, I'll simply put it here so it'll be available when you need it.

I'm not sure why I didn't do this when we started =)


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Rendezvous Entries

  1. If there is a flyer....
  2. If there is no flyer

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Product Pictures

  1. Unlike editing the html pages with the FrontPage Explorer, you can only work on graphics that are stored on your hard disk, so make sure you have a file that you use routinely to edit and save images.
  2. After you've downloaded the digital picture of the product from the camera into the computer, you need to bring it up inside the Image Composer program.
  3. You will need to save two copies, one large one for detailed viewing, and one small one for the clickable "thumbnail".
  4. Always save the large version first. If you create and name the thumbnail first, and then try and expand the picture to a larger size, you lose all detail.
  5. You can save it as either a GIF file, or a JPEG file.  Gifs will load faster, but have less detail, conversely, JPEGs load slow, but are much sharper in detail.... your call.
  6. Edit and save the large picture 500x500 (approximately) as "product_name_02.gif" (or jpg if your using the jpg extension).  It needs to be approximately 500x500 pixels to work with the frames system I have set up.  It can be taller, but should not be wider than about 500 pixels.  Make sure you use the "save selection as" command, and not the general save command.  The general save command will save everything inside the "Composition Zone", whether you want what's in there or not.
  7. Once you have the large picture saved, select the large picture using Image Composer, and using the "Arrange" command button on the left side of the screen, resize it to exactly 200 pixels wide, keeping the aspect ratio box checked.  Save the smaller "thumbnail picture as "product_name_01.gif" (or jpg if your using the jpg extension)
  8. Now that you have both pictures of the product saved, transfer them to the appropriate folder on the website using the "import" command in FrontPage Explorer, it's under the "File" command.

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Entering Products on the Webpage

This is probably the trickiest operation you'll do.... miss a computer command code, and everything below this entry will be affected.

  1. The preferred method of adding a product is called "cut and paste".  That's a simple cloning, or copying of an already entered and working product table, and pasting it to where you want the new product to be.
  2. Always recommend that you cut and paste from the same page and table that you will be adding to.  To do otherwise courts disaster as you could completely reformat your working table into something quite unrecognizable.
  3. The Steps:
    1. Bring up the "asp" page you want to edit using FrontPage Explorer/Editor.
    2. In the "normal" mode, click on the area you want to add the product, then select the "Table" command from the top command bar.  Now click on "Insert Rows or Columns".  When the insert box appears, select "Rows", "Below selection" and the number of rows you wish to add.   Then click "OK".  A new row/rows should appear.
    3. Now, it gets tricky.  Click on the new row you have created, and then select "HTML" mode from the bottom left hand of the page.  This will open the page with computer code on it.
    4. The row you selected should open up as highlighted in the "HTML" mode.
    5. Go directly above that highlight, and you will see something that looks like:
      • <tr>
        td><strong><big>3 J&nbsp; PUP</big>; </strong>The smallest of the <strong>3 J</strong>
        hawks. 14 &quot; long,&nbsp; w/ a 3 &quot; blade. A great hawk for the little skinners in
        your camp. &nbsp; Hand Forged of the best quality.<br>
        <img src="images/new_1.gif" WIDTH="37" HEIGHT="23"><form
        action="http://www.mountaintoptradingco.com/addproduct.asp" method="POST">
        <input type="hidden" name="ORDER_FLAG" value="1"><input type="hidden" name="PRODUCT_ID"
        3J_pup"><b><p>$19.00</b> Quantity <input type="text" size="2" name="QUANTITY"> <input
        type="image" name="Submit" src="/images/order.gif" alt="Add to Cart" align="absmiddle"
        0" WIDTH="101" HEIGHT="20">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
        <th><a HREF="products/pup01.jpg"><img border="0" src="products/pup02.jpg" WIDTH="200"
        125"></a> </th>
    6. Highlight everything between the <tr> and the </tr> lines, then click on the copy command.
    7. Move down to the part that looks like:
      • <tr>
    8. Highlight everything between the <tr> and the </tr> lines, then click on paste.  Do not highlight the <tr> lines, or you will wipe out the "table row" command and may experience extreme pain when your page disappears.
    9. Now switch back to "Normal" mode, your new row will be an exact duplicate of the row above.  Highlight the text, and start typing in the new text for the new product.  Once you have all the text and prices changed, you will have to go back to "HTML" mode.
    10. Once back in "HTML" mode, you will have to change three things.
      1. The "PRODUCT_ID" value="xxx" must be changed to the product ID of your new product.  This should already have been entered into the website database using the "addproduct.asp" page.  This controls what is ordered and how much is paid for it.
      2. The online catalog pictures (2), must now be changed.  It's the line that looks like;
        • <th><a HREF="products/pup01.jpg"><img border="0" src="products/pup02.jpg" WIDTH="200"
          125"></a> </th>
        • The <a HREF="file_folder/picture_01.gif">, must be changed to the new product thumbnail (the xxx_01.gif)
        • Then change src="file_folder/picture_02.gif" to your new detailed larger picture (xxx_02.gif).
    11. Once you've done all this, save your work, then switch back to normal mode. Check the page, if a whole bunch of new lines and boxes have appeared where they ought not to be, ye have done wrong!
    12. Finally, go to the internet and make sure it all works!
    13. If all else fails, get out your wallet and call the webdude!

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Naming Protocols

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General Notes on Webpages

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Tables and Such


When a table has been created, but the boxes (or cells) don't show up on the screen or print out, it is generally because there is no text in the cell.  To make the box show up on the screen, you have to fool the computer into thinking it has text inside.  To do this, simply move the cursor to the cell you want to show up, and hit the space bar once.  This puts in an "invisible" piece of text, and allows the cell to show up on the screen.

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