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oakley


Oct 11, 2005, 9:06 PM

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1) When I try to post, I can only get my text to show if I go th Advanced Editor. The post applet seems to hang up in download mode.

2) What is "Markup?"

3) How does one get a post to show up in a format different from just plain text? Poem stanzas, for example.

4) Why, when one goes into a thread, does it start at the beginning, rather than the last post? Can I change this on my screen?

eons ago, I had pretty much conquered the old format of Speakeasy, but I'm having real problems with this one.


"Life is a soft bag wanting to be clasped in the hand of an old woman afraid to lose her money" oracle, P&W "My Writing" Nov '97


jason
Jason K. Chapman / Moderator

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Oct 12, 2005, 5:40 PM

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1) When I try to post, I can only get my text to show if I go th Advanced Editor. The post applet seems to hang up in download mode.

I'm not sure I understand the problem. Are you saying that with the basic editor your message doesn't show up when you post? Or that the text doesn't show up as you type? Also, by "post applet" are you referring to the advanced editor? Either way, it sounds like some kind of browser issue. If you could give me a little more information about the problem and include which browser and what platform you're using (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) I should be able to help.

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2) What is "Markup?"

Markup is the term for the hidden tags that control how posts appear. On the Web, HTML is the "markup language" (Hyper Text Markup Language) that tells the browser what font, color, etc. to use. It's similar to that. In the advanced editor, the markup is created automatically when you use one of the icons on the formatting toolbar. In the basic editor, you can type the tags yourself or use the buttons below the text window. For assistance with the Speakeasy's markup, click the link "Get Markup Help" on the basic editor.

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3) How does one get a post to show up in a format different from just plain text? Poem stanzas, for example.

That would be where the markup comes in. If you want the something to show up in a different font, simply click the font icon in the advanced editor or click the "font" button in the basic editor.

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4) Why, when one goes into a thread, does it start at the beginning, rather than the last post? Can I change this on my screen?

It goes to the first unread post, meaning the first post that you haven't read. When you're viewing a thread, there will be a link at the bottom of the page that says "Mark all read." If you do that, then next time you go into that thread it will move you right to the first new post. If there are no new posts since your last visit, it will take you to the first post.

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eons ago, I had pretty much conquered the old format of Speakeasy, but I'm having real problems with this one.

You did better than I ever did. I never could figure the old one out.

I hope I've helped at least a little. Get back to me on question #1, and I'll see if I can figure out what the problem is.


oakley


Oct 12, 2005, 8:39 PM

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Re: [jason] I'm confused, , , [In reply to] Can't Post

When I click on the "reply" icon in the upper right corner of a post, the blue button with a U-shaped arrow, it takes me to a sreeen with a big blank area which I assume is where my reply is to be typed. However, I cannot type there. My curser moves, but no print appears on the screen. If I click on "Switch to Advanced Editor" at the bottom, I then get a "Post" window where whatever I typed on the first screen shows up.

Is it possible, somehow, to type directly into the first xreeen, where it says Post Style: Markup, and Post: but there is no window. (In previous programs I used, these small windows within a screen were called aplets.) That Advanced Editor window is so small, and the print so small that my 72 year old eyes have a struggle.

I am using windows 2000 NT.


"Life is a soft bag wanting to be clasped in the hand of an old woman afraid to lose her money" oracle, P&W "My Writing" Nov '97


jason
Jason K. Chapman / Moderator

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Oct 13, 2005, 11:32 AM

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Re: [oakley] I'm confused, , , [In reply to] Can't Post

Okay. From what you're describing, the first screen you get when you click reply sounds like the advanced editor. The button at the bottom <i>should</i> read "Switch to Basic Editor." Since you're on Windows 2000 and didn't mention a specific browser, I'm assuming you're using Internet Explorer.

The advanced editor has been thoroughly tested with Internet Explorer, so I suspect that either you are using an older version or that one of the settings is interfering with the editor. If you click on "About Internet Explorer" on the browser's "Help" menu, you should get the version information I'm looking for. It needs to be at least version 5.5 for the advanced editor to work properly.

Meanwhile, if you click on "Edit Profile" on the Speakeasy's menu, then click on "Display Settings," you will get a long list of things you can change about the Speakeasy's appearance. Near the bottom are "Textbox Width" and "Textbox Height." Try increasing those to something like 80 and 20 respectively. That will make the Basic Editor's window a little larger. Then, on Internet Explorer's menu you should be able to go to View | Text Size and change the default text size to "Larger" or "Largest." That should make things easier to read.


oakley


Oct 13, 2005, 2:42 PM

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Re: [jason] I'm confused, , , [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks. That solved most of my problems. I'm not using Explorer, but a basic Netscape Internet Service.

I went to the View option on my ISP and changed to "largest" print size and it changed the size on my P & W screens (Index, Forums, etc.) but did not change the size in the Editor. I can see in Markup Help options for Black Text and Font Size but can figure out how to access them or change them. I'd like to use about 10 or 12 pt font & black type.

Bear with me, I'll get the hang of it sooner or later.


"Life is a soft bag wanting to be clasped in the hand of an old woman afraid to lose her money" oracle, P&W "My Writing" Nov '97


jason
Jason K. Chapman / Moderator

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Oct 14, 2005, 11:12 AM

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Re: [oakley] I'm confused, , , [In reply to] Can't Post

If the browser is Netscape Navigator (or Communicator) version 4.something, then that is definitely the problem. A more recent version like 7 or 8 should have no problem with either the Advanced Editor or with changing the font size that you see in the textbox. Even version 6.2 (I just tried it) should allow you to increase the size of the type on the screen, though you won't get the option to use the Advanced Editor at all.

Check Help | About on the browser's menu. It should indicate what version you're using.


klynch


Aug 14, 2006, 2:19 PM

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Question -

I had posted a response to a comment made in the mfa programs area, and then it disapeared. Did I do something wrong?


motet
Dana Davis / Moderator
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Aug 15, 2006, 7:22 AM

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Re: [klynch] I'm confused, , , [In reply to] Can't Post

It's hard to say... it might have been a software glitch or you might have clicked on the wrong button by accident. Whenever something like that happens try the browser's back button to see if you can retrieve the post.

If you can't (and unless Jason has other ideas for you), then unfortunately all you can really do is begin again.....

Dana


jason
Jason K. Chapman / Moderator

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Aug 16, 2006, 11:27 AM

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Re: [motet] I'm confused, , , [In reply to] Can't Post

I can't think of any way for a post to disappear after it's been posted, at least nothing that doesn't involve a moderator, a user deletion, or a serious problem on the database server. Of course, I'm defining after as: once the poster gets to the screen that says "your message has been posted."

Prior to that, anything goes, because the post hasn't actually been added the the database yet. It's pretty much just a gleam in your browser's eye. I've known some people to click on "preview post" (instead of "post reply") and think it's been posted. If you do that, and then navigate away from the preview, *poof*. The post is gone. The back button, in that case, should, as Dana said, get you back to the page with the editor on it and the text intact where you can then complete the post.

Other than that, I can't think of how it might happen. If you can give me some more details, I'd be happy to try to track it down, though.


blackflamedhawk
Hawk

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Aug 17, 2006, 2:22 PM

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Re: [oakley] I'm confused, , , [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm running IE version 6.0.2900.2180, and have only one problem so far, and that is not being able to post to "Announcements and Introductions".

All other functions seem fine at this point.

Hope this helps.


Hawk

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