Birthdays, Printers and Art

Birthdays and Printers

This week I’ve been very busy having a rather good time. My husband took me to Manchester on Wednesday so we could take a look at PCWorld (Computer shop) and go to Waterstones (Bookshop). I like to do things hands on, I like to feel the books and read the prefaces and just generally immerse myself in the experience, I bought a couple of books courtesy of some money my son Darren gave me, one of which was Children of Hope by David Feintuch.

We had lunch in a 15th Century Restaurant, and while the surroundings were great the service and food were not very good, I would have expected better for the price. There is also a Festive Fair at the moment on St Ann’s and St Albert’s Squares and we did not have time to visit both, but we are doing on Monday. On my birthday (24th) we spent the morning rearranging my computer room which I’ve wanted to do for ages and now I’ve got my beautiful desk back <big grin> with a TV to boot. Later that day I went to the beauty salon and was very pampered (thank you sally) who also managed to improve my back problem (which I happened when I was visiting Boston in April, I fell on some very slippy steps coming out of Starbucks (which I only got to spend 20 minutes in with all those lovely books). Then my husband, son and his girlfriend and I all went to The Copperfield, where my husband paid for a very very expensive meal. However the service and the meal (apart from my steak which was not cooked medium well but medium rare – and they fixed that to perfection) were second to none, I’d been taken there before for our anniversary and thought I’d like to go back. Next year I will be kinder to my husbands wallet though and ask to go elsewhere <smile>

I need a printer to produce prints and cards etc for my original Pen and Ink Abstract Art I’ve been looking at printers that compromise on price as to the quality that I need. I’ve been looking most closely at the Epson R1800 Printer which retails at £399.00. Speaking to the people at pcworld they pointed me to who are specialists in photos and prints, so I’m going there on Monday. I don’t want to spend all that money and buy the wrong printer, I did think I should be looking at a scanner but I was told I needed a good camera. I really don’t know what I need, however I know what I want to do. That is to produce limited edition prints of my art work and cards and other things that can be sold at craft fairs. I like getting out and meeting people and would love to do more craft fairs.

FrontPage Tips, FrontPage Forms and FrontPage Professionals

FrontPage Tips

I’ve not posted my FrontPage Tips Ezine since June, because of offline ‘stuff’. However I did this Thursday just gone. The latest tip is entitled Opening css files within FrontPage

FrontPage Professionals

If you are a designer and your being bombarded with Digital Bigotry you can always point people to FrontPage Not for Professionals?

Note: Chris mentions in the article  “The only two things that I really like the extensions for are so I can use the HTTP publishing through the FrontPage interface, FrontPage Includes (similar to “library files” in DW),”

I want to make it clear that FrontPage Includes can be used with FPSE and WITHOUT FPSE (FrontPage Server Extensions).

Chris likes FrontPage Includes because as he says,  “If you have an include page on your local machine you can just right click it and hit publish selected files and it’ll actually get re-written into all the pages that use it BY THE SERVER!”

I like FPSE because I can successfully publish with it most of the time, when I try using FTP either with FrontPage or a third party something ALWAYS goes wrong – must be gremlins. I don’t recommend using any of the FrontPage Bots though, FrontPage lets you work as hard as you want to work, me I can’t resist tweaking things and playing with stuff till I can ‘do it’ all it takes is time and practice. I am still using FrontPage Forms though, I’ve just not found time to use another method, and FrontPage Forms don’t hide your email address, which is a must if you want to protect your email address

P.S. Look out for a new Version of Content Seed coming soon.

Talking of FrontPage Forms and what to use instead :-

Huggins’ Email Form Script V1.0

Huggins’ Email Form Script

James S. Huggins Microsoft MVP – FrontPage has created a free PHP script to process Web Forms, specifically those forms which accept information and send an email with that information.

Achieving these email functions requires either that the Form Designer rely on a predefined script or, alternatively, use a scripting tool like PHP to construct his own script and/or pages.

FrontPage offers FrontPage Server Extensions to process these types of Web Forms. However, not all FrontPage developers use these extensions.

Some scripts which are available for this type of processing expose the email addresses to web spiders which harvest the email addresses for spam.

And, existing scripts may not provide the flexibility the Form Designer requires such as the ability to format the email or email multiple people.

Because of these limitations, James wrote Huggins’ Email Form Script and has released it for free under a Creative Commons license.

The Huggins’ Email Form Script was developed to:

  •  Be usable without knowing the underlying scripting language (PHP)
  •  Be usable without making modifications to the script
  •  Be usable with a minimal knowledge of how Web Forms work
  •  Be usable just by following the directions
  •  Hide all email addresses from spiders
  •  Allow two different emails to be sent to “static” addresses
  •  Allow an optional confirmation email
  •  Allow the Form Designer some control over the layout of all emails
  •  Allow each of the three emails to have a different format
  •  Allow the Form Designer to specify the destination URL to display after processing

Because the reference manual available for the script assumes that the user is familiar with the basics of Web Forms, James also wrote an instruction tutorial on the creation of basic Web Forms, particularly Email Forms such as those processed by Huggins’ Email FormScript.

The tutorial is available as an ebook in two ways.

1) It can be purchased for $10.00 from this page on his site: Creating HTML Email Forms

2) It is offered free to students in Cricket’s Tech Training Class as part of the support of the online class.