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Name: Keno
E-Mail: keno@fairpoint.net
Subject: RE: RE: RE: How do you post links??
Date: Thursday, November 09, 2017
Time: 3:07:55 AM
Remote Address: 66.36.114.222
Message ID: 312292
Parent ID: 312285
Thread ID: 312283

RE: RE: RE: How do you post links??

Kiwi Jim... I would have to see what you were trying to post before I or anybody could really help you, since we can only guess what you might be doing incorrect. I don't mind helping an old Gasser like yourself out, or really anybody, since I rather see everybody post clickable links here when they do wish to link to something from here, as would all our lurkers. So feel free to send me your try at linking via email and I can see what is coded wrong and help you out.

I can tell ya that the biggest problem I see many made when Gassers try to post and it doesn't take, is one of 2 things. First problem is they forget to close their brackets - a simple mistake that can easily be fixed. The second problem and biggest mistake made here is that the Gasser tries to put quotation marks (") in their code around the web address they are trying to link to, and while that works on most modern day web pages, it never works here, since we are dealing with a very old board made back before a lot of the newer web coding practices came about, and also because the board runs using ASP programing, which looks at HTML programing codes differently. Today using quotation marks around a web address is normal coding, but when using old ASP run programs, it isn't. So no, don't code a web address in any code you use here, like this: "http://www.keno.org/gasland" - you gotta remove the quotation marks (") around the adress to get it to work, like this: http://www.keno.org/gasland

Now I'm only guessing that one of these 2 things is what you might be doing, since whenever I see a mistake made by a Gasser trying to post a link, it's one of the 2 that I just noted, with the second one noted being the most common problem. But I have no way of knowing if that was the problem you were having without seeing what you were trying to post. So do feel free to drop me a line and let me know if it is something else.

I'll note that modern day boards make posting links much easier to post, no question about it, but again, this old ASP board was built in 2000, back when coding was more old fashion. But what many don't realize today, especially with the new WYSIWYG (pronounced "wiz-ee-wig", an acronym for "what you see is what you get") type of publishing that we now have, where a person doesn't really have to know how to code to build a web page, is these kind of problems.

Just remember, coding in HTML is the same as learning a new language - because that is exactly what it actually is, a totally different language and it isn't really in English, even if english letters are used, the symbols we use aren't (well, many of them aren't - quotation marks for example, used in HTML, aren't used in the way they are used while writing in the English language, as to how we use them in coding HTML, they mean a totally different thing when coding! Then a code written in HTML, doesn't mean the same thing in ASP, either! Same deal with all symbols, and not to confuse anybody any more, but again, our board isn't all coded in HTML, since it uses the old ASP language as it's main way of publishing, while it understands HTML. So while one can publish work using HTML codes here, it does help to also know and understand the old language of ASP, too, and the old language of ASP is now outdated and rarely used today, just like the first language our old and original board before 2000, used CGI, which is yet another old coding language that today is rarely used, but still used a bit today by some). ASP was new in 2000 and considered state of the art and replaced CGI, but then ASP was replaced, for the most part, about 15 years after that, and is rarely used anymore today. But as an example, back in the 1990s, you could not make up a web form using HTML code, that was why we had and used CGI programing (and later ASP), yet today, you can make up a form using HTML only!

But ASP is how our board was built back in 2000, so we got to live with that. Many would look at me today as a ASP expert, as new programmers today aren't even taught ASP, and they don't even know how to code using it. But I'm far from being an expert in ASP at all, at best I just can read it, code with it, and understand it, but even I am limited in how much I know of it when it comes to working on bigger problems that will arise when using this old web language.

Bottom line is, when you want to code something here and it doesn't work, feel free to write me an email and I'll be happy to help you out!

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