Tropical Nights
Tips, Tricks, & Hints

Answers to frequently asked questions




Adding my link to your page

For the following instructions I've used [ ] to show where the html tags should be. Be sure to replace them with the proper symbols. 

  • Select one of the following graphics for the link and download it to your hard drive.  You can also use one of the links that matches a set you have selected. 
  • Put in the link tag. Be sure to include the capitalization in Tropical Nights 

  • [a href="http://www.tropicalnights.net"] 
     
  • Then add the image tag:[img src="NAMEOFGRAPHIC.fmt"] It is also a good idea to include the height and width of the image in the tag. You can also control the borders around it by putting in a pixel width of 0 or more.  An example of the first link button image tag with a border width of 3 would be: [img SRC="logo_02.gif" BORDER=3 height=86 width=240] 

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  • Replace "NAMEOFGRAPHIC.fmt" with the name of the link graphic you chose, such as "logo_02.gif". If you rename the graphic, be sure to change the name here to the new name. 

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  • Then close the link tag with:[/a] 

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    That's all there is too it! :-)



To Download Graphics:

  • Backgrounds: Most browsers will allow you to save this by right clicking somewhere on the background.
  • Other Images: Unless otherwise noted, all other images full-sized images and can be downloaded from this page as per your browsers instructions. 
  • For Netscape, Internet Explorer, and Mosaic for Windows:
    • Move your cursor over the graphic. 
    • Click on the right mouse button. 
    • Choose 'Save this Image As' from the pop-up menu. 

    • Click on the 'Save' or 'OK' button. 

Web-TV Users:

So you want to use my images, but you don't know how to use them without linking to them.  There is a way you can put graphics on your site without linking to mine.  Just go HERE and follow the instructions on their FAQ. 



AOL Users:

AOL'S default for saving graphics is not the .gif or .jpg that you saved, but a recompressed image with an .art extension.  It looks great with an AOL browser, but the only people who will see your image is other AOL users.  Fortunately, there is a solution.  First, go to the 'Preferences' of the AOL web browser and turn OFF the option that says "Use Compressed Graphics".  Second, under the advanced options, you must clear or purge your brower's cache and reload the current web page.  This will allow you to receive all future images in the format that you downloaded.  Unfortunately, you'll have to reload all the images that were saved in the .art format.



Using Border Backgrounds

There are several ways to do this, but the method below works on all browsers (I think). 

  • Start out by creating a transparent gif.  To do this, create a very small square graphic with only one color.  Set that color to be the transparent one.  Name it something easy to remember (mine is called spacer.gif).
  • Next, you need to set up your whole page in a table.  Immediately after the header info, include the following tags (for these examples I'll use [ ] as the tags in case you get html email).
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      [TABLE BORDER=0 CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 WIDTH="100%" ]
      [TR]
      [TD][IMG SRC="spacer.gif" HEIGHT=10 WIDTH=85][/TD]
      [TD]
  • Put everything in your page after the second [TD] tag.  The width of the spacer.gif can be altered depending on how wide the border you are using is.
  • At the end, just before your final [/HTML] tag, close out the table:
    • [/TD]  [/TR]  [/TABLE]



Matching Horizontal Line & Table Frame 
Colors to your Set

This one is pretty simple.  Just add a background color to your body tag, even though you are using a background image.  Normally you would choose a color close to the color of the image you are using, but experiment a bit for different effects.  For example, the body tag for this page reads:

[ BODY TEXT="#0080FF" BGCOLOR="#000066" LINK="#FFFF00" VLINK="#FFCC00" ALINK="#FFCCCC" BACKGROUND="tn_bg.gif"]
Don't forget to change the brackets to the real html ones.


Where can I get great Fonts

There are lots of font archives on the net.  Below are some of my favorites.



 
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