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Subject: Question about new post formatting
Date Posted: 10/19/2009 1:07 AM ET
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I am really not very good with computers.  I muddled along cutting and pasting PBS titles with their links into my posts for games and my challenge list.  It worked fine.  About the time that the new features emerged in the posting box, my cutting and pasting went insane.  When I highlight a book title, it copies as a box with a weird little arrow in the corner.  When I paste, the formatting goes wonky - bullet lists don't work, etc.  I'm embarassed to play in games anymore!  Any idea what I'm doing wrong?  Is there now a "better" way to link to PBS titles/links?  Cutting and pasting used to be so easy!  Thanks in advance.

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 1:38 AM ET
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I've been cutting and then pasting the link after clicking the icon in the upper corner, sort of a greenish globe with binoculars.  This works with PBS links.  With outside links, you need to make sure the "http" stuff isn't showing up twice.  (Which causes those links to not work.)  Heard of someone else using a un-formatting button?

They added features.  Totally confused me.  But I like having a spell checker.  Heard it all works different with different browsers.



Last Edited on: 10/19/09 1:40 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/19/2009 12:16 PM ET
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Laura -- Please tell us what browser you are using. There are differences between them, and we can give better advice if we know what your environment is.

The box with weird arrow makes it sound like you might be using IE 8?

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 3:25 PM ET
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I've had similar problems with posting links, but I have found that posting the link in the reply box, and then highlighting the text and using the format eraser (it is a button that looks like a little box and appears for me to the left of the "styles" section of the toolbar) fixes the problem - the link stays, but in normal font, if that makes sense.  You might want to give that a try.

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 4:16 PM ET
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Yes, I am using IE 8, which I'm guessing is the cause of the problems.  I just tried putting in some links here at work with a different version of IE with no problem.  I do most of my checking at night, at home, which is usually when folks want me to reveal in a game, lol.  I will try to do most of my posting at work, but will also try your ideas, Christine and Emily - thank you!  If anyone has other ideas, please share!!!

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 4:22 PM ET
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Laura - IE 8 has problems over all - it has compatibility issues with other Microsoft prodcucts.  I use IE7 but I have Firefox on my computer as well and I haven't had one problem with PBS or some other sites when I was using IE7.  I use IE 7 for work related stuff and Firefox for un related stuff ;)

there is a small learning curve with firefox if you links in your menu bar and such, but it is very small.  here is the firefox download link.  Just make sure you uncheck make firefox your default browser... unless you don't care! 

FireFox download



 

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/20/2009 10:05 AM ET
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Here are some tips I use with IE 8:

- if you are having trouble typing in the text area, click in the Subject box first and then press Tab

- the easiest way to link to a book title is from the book browser screen, or any other place where it's already a link. Go to Search / Book Browser and enter some criteria that will give you more than one search result. Just copy the title off the screen and paste it into your post, like this:

 

Doing this will give you some funny formatting (the title link will show up on a line by itself). If you don't want that to happen, then go to the book details page instead and copy the link from your browser's address bar. In IE, you can just paste it into your text and it will automatically become a link: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780440217565-Voyager+Outlander+Bk+3

If you want it to be a prettier link, then paste it first, then highlight the link and type over it with the name. So first it looks like this:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780440217565-Voyager+Outlander+Bk+3

then after you highlight it, and type over it, it looks like this:

Voyager title typed by me

If you are good at HTML, you can also click on the button that says Source in the edit toolbar (last one on the bottom row) and directly edit the HTML from there. A link is actually an "anchor" tag. It's pretty easy to learn to type them yourself, using the format <a href="actual_link_goes_here">Text for the link</a>. When you're done entering your link, you just click Source again to go back to the text editing view.

Here's the same link entered in source view: Voyager link

I hope some of this is helpful!



Last Edited on: 10/20/09 10:11 AM ET - Total times edited: 4
Date Posted: 10/20/2009 12:06 PM ET
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Thank you so much!  I will certainly try some of your suggestions, Cathy, and may look into downloading Firefox, as well.  I downloaded IE8 because I was having trouble playing games such as FarmTown on Facebook.  I should have weighed my options a bit more carefully, I guess.  This is all compounded by the fact that I live in the country and don't have access to anything beyond dial-up (no wireless availalbe, can't get a signal for dish).  Sometimes I wonder if it's even worth it to have Internet service at home.