HTML 5.0


HTML 5.0 is the latest upgraded version of what is known as the language of the web, HTML (HyperText Markup Language).

For those of you who are interested in learning HTML 5.0, you should have no issues learning this if you know HTML 4.0. Go to educator.com where I spent  the last 6 weeks teaching this before a camera. I’ve created several instructional videos that will make you an expert.

The one thing I must warn you about HTML 5, is that unlike HTML 4, is not as straight forward as it seems.
The creators of HTML 5.0 seemingly wants to integrate Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Javascript.
I was stunned that attribute Tags such as ‘cellpadding’ and ‘cellspacing’ has been removed. Instead the one must resort to using CSS to control the thickness of tables.  I personally did not like that.

I also found far too many tags that do the same thing, especially in text. There are several tags  that italicize a word.
<EM> Does the </EM>   <DFN> same </DFN>    <VAR> thing </VAR> add this together and it comes out to Does the same thing.
I prefer <I> which stands for Italics…easy enough.

May of the tags appear to exist as to replace ‘comments’.

For instance there is the <article> tag used to let the browser know that an article is to be created here.
You can do the same thing with <P> the paragraph tag, but it’s more clear to the programmer what the intention of the body of texts is.  I suppose there is nothing wrong with that, since one of the most important things on web development is communication within coding, or letting the programmers know the intention of a part of the webpage.

Now there are some things in HTML 5.0 I do like. I think the < VIDEO> and <AUDIO> tags are a great idea since it defeats the need to upload video to YouTube. The <VIDEO> tag can create controls (play/pause) and play the video well. I think the <CAPTION> tag is great and most needed to allow captions to appear under(or over) tables and images.

While the tags may have changed somewhat, the ultimate decider will be the browsers themselves. I found that the browsers will support HTML 5, but not ready to give up on HTML 4. I don’t see that happening. I experimented and found that a combination of HTML 5 and HTML 4 works well in the browsers.

Happy coding!

Jim Hague
http://www.crystaldi.com

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WordPress Available Tools – YouTube


WordPress Available Tools – YouTube.

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How Much Does a Web Site Cost?


I get this question all the time…out of the blue. Funny, is that people actually expect an answer. Well, let’s talk about this. How does a website cost? The answer is always the same… it depends. It’s like asking, how much does a home in the United States cost. The answer is always the same…it depends.

Depends on what?

  1. What kind of home? A condo, single family unit, town home, a shack, bi-level, stucco?
  2. Where? By the ocean, in the forest, at the desert…. In addition, which state, California, New York, Tennessee, Montana…?
  3. How? Built from scratch or purchase as it.
  4. How complex? Do you want everything modern such as climate control between rooms, a rotating driveway, solar panels, or do you want no driveway, rock garden, a fireplace, and simplicity.

You get the gist? There are several variables in choosing a home.

There are several variable when deciding to embark up building a website.

  1. What it he purpose of the website? (1) Social Media (2) Promotional (3) Shopping Cart (4) blog
  2. If E-Commerce, how many products? Do you need security?
  3. What kind of hosting is necessary?
  4. Who is your target audience?
  5. How many pages?
  6. How many emails?
  7. Will you be collecting names and emails?
  8. Do you need SEO?
  9. Do you need a social media presence? If so which, Facebook (obvious), Twitter, Pinterest?

There there other variables to consider about the webmaster.

  1. A webmaster with 15 years experience will cost different that one with 5 years experience.
  2. A webmaster in California will cost different than one if say, Alabama.
  3. How soon do you need the site done?

To get the best quote and the best result is not get the cheapest price, but rather the most cost effective price. Cheap is not quality. Just because a webmaster may charge you $10/hour for their services may not result in a quality work. Why are they charging only $10/hr ?  On the other hand a webmaster that charges $100/hr may cause you nervousness because you may want them to hurry on the job, something the webmaster may not want to do. Of course once the site is done, how often do you want to pay the price when updates are needed.

You may opt for a reasonable $60/hr webmaster, with descent experience and is willing to cut breaks here and there just to keep your business. They exist.

On your end to get the cost effective price here is what to do: Write down specification.  Write everything down  in the process called, ‘Specifications’

a. Create a FlowChart to describe the navigation of the site.
b. Explain what pages are need and their purposes
c. Explain functionality?
– What do you need programming.
– Do you need a shopping cart?
– Do you need way to collect information?
– Do you need password protected directories.

The more your write down and detailed you get, the better you can take bids for the best price.
Any questions, let me know. JimHague@hotmail.com

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HTML 5.0


HTML 5.0 is the latest upgraded version of what is known as the language of the web, HTML (HyperText Markup Language).

For those of you who are interested in learning HTML 5.0, you should have no issues learning this if you know HTML 4.0. Go to educator.com where I spent  the last 6 weeks teaching this before a camera. I’ve created several instructional videos that will make you an expert.

The one thing I must warn you about HTML 5, is that unlike HTML 4, is not as straight forward as it seems.
The creators of HTML 5.0 seemingly wants to integrate Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Javascript.
I was stunned that attribute Tags such as ‘cellpadding’ and ‘cellspacing’ has been removed. Instead the one must resort to using CSS to control the thickness of tables.  I personally did not like that.

I also found far too many tags that do the same thing, especially in text. There are several tags  that italicize a word.
<EM> Does the </EM>   <DFN> same </DFN>    <VAR> thing </VAR> add this together and it comes out to Does the same thing.
I prefer <I> which stands for Italics…easy enough.

May of the tags appear to exist as to replace ‘comments’.

For instance there is the <article> tag used to let the browser know that an article is to be created here.
You can do the same thing with <P> the paragraph tag, but it’s more clear to the programmer what the intention of the body of texts is.  I suppose there is nothing wrong with that, since one of the most important things on web development is communication within coding, or letting the programmers know the intention of a part of the webpage.

Now there are some things in HTML 5.0 I do like. I think the < VIDEO> and <AUDIO> tags are a great idea since it defeats the need to upload video to YouTube. The <VIDEO> tag can create controls (play/pause) and play the video well. I think the <CAPTION> tag is great and most needed to allow captions to appear under(or over) tables and images.

While the tags may have changed somewhat, the ultimate decider will be the browsers themselves. I found that the browsers will support HTML 5, but not ready to give up on HTML 4. I don’t see that happening. I experimented and found that a combination of HTML 5 and HTML 4 works well in the browsers.

Happy coding!

Jim Hague
http://www.crystaldi.com
http://www.webtipstv.com

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9 Stocks That Have Been Paying Uninterrupted Dividends for More Than 68 Years


Before the late 1950s, most stock investors focused not on capital gains but on dividends. According to Fidelity Viewpoints, “For many years, dividends were the primary reason to invest in the stock market.”

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/02/10/9-stocks-that-have-been-paying-uninterrupted-divid.aspx

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NASA’s Image of the Day Gallery


Enjoy some visually stunning images provided by NASA.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/iotd.html

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National Geographic Photo of the Day: Best of January 2012


From the Infinty Pool, Singapore to the Rainbow, Lake Champlain. Enjoy some great pictures only National Geographic can send.

Think about the quality and coloration of these images for your own website.

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/best-pod-january-2012/

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Does Social Media Help You Spend More Than You Normally Would?


http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2012/02/does-social-media-help-you-spend-more-than-you-normally-would.html

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Marketing Usability: Effectively Turning Communication Into Action


http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2012/02/marketing-usability-effectively-turning-communication-into-action.html

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Tips: Protect against online fraud


  • The first frontier of defence is a strong password
  • Sharing information with people you’ve only met online is a mistake
  • Only shop with trusted merchants
  • Banking safely online is the key to cyber security

http://news.in.msn.com/exclusives/it/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5849810

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