Beginner's Page 3

Family PicnicHello again. I'm still persevering with the tutorials found in Issue No.6 of "Web Pages made easy". This exercise is called "Adding graphics to your pages" and begins on page 26.

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that I had sneaked a graphic into Beginner's Page 2. However, this page follows the tutorial and hopefully teaches me some valuable lessons along the way.

You will have noticed that I am trying a different font. I'm not sure whether all browsers will have this - it's called Century Gothic - but we'll see if there's any reaction.

 

Contents:

 Import some graphics

 Choose a picture

 Make it fit

 Shuffle things around

 Re-colour the background

 Use a background texture

 Colour-match the text

 Adjust global text colours

 Something different

 Creating an email link

Import some graphics

I placed the cursor on the part of the page where I wanted the graphic to appear, in this case at the beginning of the introductory text. There are various ways of inserting a picture:

  1. Choose Picture from the Insert menu
  2. Click on the Picture button on the Standard toolbar
  3. Right-click and select Picture

Each of these methods has the same result - the Insert Picture dialogue opens and a number of folders are presented

Choose a picture

I chose to select an image from the clipart on the Office CD and found the Picnic in the Clip Art\Photos\Family folder.

Make it fit

While I was able to set the Wrap to right, i.e. allow the text of the paragraph to wrap around the right-hand side of the picture, the option to re-size the picture was absent and the picture handles didn't allow me to drag the corners.

Shuffle things around

It's possible to click and hold the mouse button over the picture and drag it somewhere else. I managed this with a little success. For large adjustments it's probably better to delete and re-import the picture.

Re-colour the background

You may agree that black text on a white background is a bit dull. I'm used to producing documents and reports on a black-and-white laser printer, where the only colour embellishments are on letterhead and fax cover sheets. However, using the Format menu and the Background option, there's a wide choice of colours to choose from. Click on More Colours for even more! This background is Aqua.

Use a background texture

In addition to plain colour, images may used in the background. The Fill Effect called Bouquet is nice, but it may only be selected as an alternative to background colour, not in combination.

Colour-match the text

Of course, the text colour may be changed as well. I selected a block of text, clicked right-mouse and selected Font, choosing from the Colour drop-down list. This being an American program, it's a Color drop-down list!

Adjust global text colours

Another way to change the colour of text is by doing it globally for the document concerned. The Font Colours dialogue box is accessed from the Format menu with the Text Colours… option. From here, a global setting for hyperlinks may also be established.

Something different

Before moving on, I added an email link to enable visitors to contact me with feedback about my efforts. This is done by applying a Hyperlink attribute to selected text. I used the Hyperlink option in the pop-up menu which is displayed when clicking the right mouse button.

Creating an email link

 In the Insert Hyperlink dialogue box, my email address is preceded by the word "mailto:" so that when a visitor clicks on it, their email program should open with my email address in the To: field.

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