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06/30/13
CSS Simple Look
Filed under: P2PU, Education
Posted by: Algot @ 6:31 pm

I’ve been exploring Cascading Style Sheets.

I have a long way to go, but one experiment is getting a simple layout that has just a single column, but has a better look than a plain html page. While it is not part of the specific tasks of P2PU Webmaking 101, I’m including the effort as an extension of that activity.

Here’s what I’ve come up with for now.

/* simple.css stylesheet */

body { background-color: #eee; background-image: url(’http://runeman.org/images-std/graph.gif’);}

h1, h2, h3, h4 { font-family: “DejaVu Sans”, Helvetica, FreeSans, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif;
}

h2 { font-color: #999;
}

#main {
  /*old width:68%; */
  width:90%;
  margin-left:3%;
  margin-right:3%;
  border-top: 10px solid #800080;
  color:#000;
  background:#fff;
  padding:20px;
}

#footer {
  clear:both;
  width:100%;
  font-family: “Droid Sans”, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;
  font-size:80%;
  color:#fff;
  background:#800080;
  margin:.2em auto;
  padding:.3em;
}

To see how it looks in action: http://runeman.org/programming/css/demo-onecolumn.html
And remember to check the html source, too (usually accessed with the Ctrl+U keys to display a browser window of the source.)

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06/26/13
Hosting
Filed under: General, P2PU
Posted by: Algot @ 4:32 pm

This is a retroactive piece within the context of the Webmaking 101 activities on P2PU.

I’ve been running the runeman.org web site for several years. I did my research into hosting companies way back then. Hostway was strongly recommended by my peers at the time.

I’ve never had a reason to complain about their service. It is up whenever I visit and provides easy access by FTP and secure shell is available, too. I’ve rarely needed it.

I don’t use every feature that my plan offers. Basic skills, basic needs, maybe.
It does look like there are many included features I may eventually decide to add if I need them. More feature-rich plans are also available, if I am willing to pay more.

For now, solid, quick serving of my pages is all I need.

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Imagining DNS
Filed under: General, P2PU, F/LOSS
Posted by: Algot @ 4:08 pm

DNS associates a human-readable Web address with a machine-identifying number called the “IP address.”

For the P2PU Webmaking 101 DNS activity, the assigned activity was to “illustrate” DNS.

Here’s my take.

Maybe it’s a stretch, but there you are.

Tool used: The Free Software vector graphics program, Inkscape. Great!

Update (September 25, 2013). It has been three months since I posted this entry. It was part of the sequence for P2PU Webmaking101. I guess it still is part of that. There’s a problem, though. This morning, there were 56 pending posts at the badge section of the challenge for “Understanding DNS.” Now, understand, I’m in this for the experience and for the skill. I don’t actually need to be awarded a badge to be happy. There are 55 OTHER P2PU participants whose submissions for the badge are languishing. The problem can be solved, easily. Each of those waiting can evaluate three others on the list. Suddenly the 5 month backlog will disappear.

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