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IPHONE SPEECH VIA INTERNET/REPEATERS

COPYING LINKS TO EMAILS, WEB PAGES

Setting up your web site.

CONTENTS:-

BASICS

IMAGES

DOWNLOADING

 

Sorry I have lost the detailed file I painstakingly prepared! However;-

BASICS

Prepare your pages using a programme such as Microsoft "Front Page Express". This is supplied with Internet Explorer, Start -Programs -Accessories -Internet Tools -Front Page Express. If not installed it will be on your internet CD. Insert CD go through setup click "Customise" and tick "FPExpress" on the list, click next and it will install.

In "FPE" click -file -new -personal home page wizard -OK. This starts a page to give ideas for a beginner, you may customise it or make something different when you gain experience. This will be given the file name "index .htm(l)" and will be the master page on your site. Some sites will display the title of your page, by default FPE uses the top line but if you -View -HTML it may be edited -OK.

Each page will consist of a .htm file which contains the text "framework", images and special effects will be in separate, associated files.

Put your files in a separate folder, eg C:\MyWeb\ . This will form the Root Directory of your internet site. All files and any sub-folders must be transferred in exactly the same format, you may consider your site to be a small version of your computer's hard drive with index.htm as the startup file.

Further pages may be created, (save as a named file in C:\MyWeb) and linked to this one. Have the new page open, higlight your linking text (click & drag) -Insert -hyperlink -open pages -click on page -OK. The warning "Linking from a web page......" is OK, click "yes"

Make sure all file names are in lower case, the Unix operating system used on servers is case sensitive and much confusion can be caused by, for example some Photo programmes that name their files using capital letters. It makes no difference to Windows but may prevent images, pages etc. from appearing on the net.

Double clicking a .htm (or .html) file will start "Internet Explorer" and display your page as you will see it on the web. When experimenting use the refresh button to ensure you are viewing any changes you have made.

Many special effects are possible, "FPE" has a very poor help file, Microsoft want you to upgrade to their fully featured version. In any case I reccomend you keep your "Home Page" fairly simple so it loads quickly over telephone lines.

 

COPYING HYPERLINKS

1.. Open page in Internet Explorer (No need to be on line). If it is setup to display the address, click on it, Ctrl-C copies. Open the destination, Ctrl-V pastes to cursor position.

2.. Favourites or History list:- Right click on required page -copy. Open destination, Ctrl-V pastes to cursor position.

3.. Link on web page:- -Right click -Copy shortcut. Ctrl-V as before.

If you have a text file (eg from packet) with internet addresses. open an email message in Outlook Express -Drafts. Do not address it but give it a subject title. with the cursor in the text field -Insert -Text from file. When this is closed, then viewed the links will be "live" A message created in this way will remain in "Drafts".

Another way. Highlight text URL, -Ctrl-C. Internet Explorer:- Click address box, -Delete -Ctrl-V.

 

IMAGES

 

SENDING PICTURES TO THE WEB

by E-mail and to your web pages.

David supplied me with JPEG pictures to put on the club's web site. These files are in excess of 300KB in size - unnecessarily large to send via E-mail or to download from a web site, each would take over a minute to send over a phone line and would produce a picture four times as big as the monitor screen!

Incidently the size of computer files, and memory etc. is quoted in kilo (KB) or megabytes (MB). The speed of a telephone modem is quoted in kilobits per second, one byte equals eight bits, so the maximum speed of a 56kbps modem is 7KB per second. in practice this is never achieved, a speed of 4-5KB per second is typical so a 300KB file would take around 60-75 seconds to transfer by 'phone. Some E-mail systems will reject these large files.

It is possible to reduce the size of these files significantly, still leaving enough resolution for a normal sized picture. To do this a web-based program is needed. A suitable one, supplied with "Internet Explorer" is "Front Page Express". Most computers seem to have the Microsoft browser, "Front Page Express" should be found from Start-Accessories-Internet Tools. If it is not installed it will be on your internet CD and may be loaded (See BASICS above).

To reduce the size of an image file

Start "Front Page Express"

Click File -Open -New -Normal Page.

Click Tools -Insert Image -Browse.

Go to folder containing image click on it -Open. The image appears on screen.

Right click image -Properties. Change quality box,I suggest 60%. It seems necessary to change this value, leaving it at the default of 75 seems to leave the quality unaltered at 100 and leaves the file at its original size.

Click Appearance.

Click Specify size. On my system the percentage method produces strange results so I reduce the number of pixels in proportion, eg original size:- 1600x1200 divide by 3 gives 533x400. Double click each box and type in numbers.

Click File -Save -Browse In "Save Image to File"

 

Downloading to Web Site

Most people will have facilities on their own ISP, access details can be obtained from there, eg. I found mine from support -retrieve account details.

You do not have to use your own ISP, many sites offer free space. http://www.qsl.net/ is one devoted to amateur radio with probably thousands from all round the world using it. I have a mirror site there (you may be there already). You will not have to worry about access details because you will be given them when you "sign up"

QSL net offers an email transfer service, callsign at qsl.net reaches the user at a longer and difficult to spell address.

To download a "File Transfer Program" is required, I find WS FTP95 to be good. It, and instructions for use are at http://www.qsl.net/ .

Once you have downloaded your files you may test your site by accessing it and selecting pages. Use the refresh button to ensure you are looking at your site and not what is on your computer. My errors have been confusion in the case of file names (see above), file names changed after creating a link, or the structure of the directory on the web did not match that on my computer (files in wrong place). Ensure all files are in your C:\MyWeb folder BEFORE making links to them, I refer to things like inserted pictures in particular.

 


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