iWeb hyperlinks

Posted by: keymaker

iWeb hyperlinks - 03/06/10 06:26 AM

Is it possible to get rid of those little blue and white arrows on iWeb hyperlinks? Question 2: can one create an autoplay sound file so that clicking the link plays the file? Thanks,

Posted by: padmavyuha

Re: iWeb hyperlinks - 03/06/10 10:19 AM

Don't know about (1), but with (2), in most browsers if you just put in a link (either direct or ref'd) to the sound file and it's a type that the user's computer knows how to play, it'll play it in a new window/tab.

For example... - mp3 is safest. If you want a link that'll play the tune without leaving the current webpage window, that would call for javascript, at the very least, I think. Or MySpace smile.
Posted by: keymaker

Re: iWeb hyperlinks - 03/06/10 04:08 PM

Thanks, if you drag a sound file onto the page in iWeb it creates a playable quicktime link requiring a play command... but if you create a link out to the sound file it's passive so I might not know whether it'll work until I publish the site. cry

Posted by: keymaker

Re: iWeb hyperlinks - 04/01/10 03:04 PM

Is it possible to get rid of those little blue and white arrows on iWeb hyperlinks? Question 2: can one create an autoplay sound file so that clicking the link plays the file? Thanks,

Okay I'l answer my own questions 'cause I've got another one... those little arrows are only visible in iWeb not on the published site and, yes, there's a sound autoplay solution.

Does anyone know the HTML code for incorporating a home-made BBC style news feeder onto a site? I was hoping some of the forum's excellent codespersons might be able to volunteer that free of charge, no? laugh Thanks,

Posted by: KateSorensen

Re: iWeb hyperlinks - 04/01/10 06:41 PM

I'd like to help but my normal fee is $500. At this late stage of my life I do not think I can prostitute my talents and work for free -- no matter how good a friend you are wink

of course, "April Fools" smile smile smile smile

Posted by: Ben Dover

Re: iWeb hyperlinks - 04/02/10 08:11 AM

You could just get a free Feedburner account (which, as now a Yahoo property, requires a Yahoo login, so you would need to get a Yahoo account - Oops, my bad, Feedburner is now a Google property, so you would need a gmail account).

Then at Feedburner it's pretty point-and-click simple to burn your own feed from whatever source feed, such as the BBC feed. Then you can configure your feeds' appearances, such as number of items, load any embedded multimedia, size of "teaser"/preview content, whether or not images will be loaded, or just titles only, etc.

Pretty simple, but Feedburner is javascript, which will not crawl, however. PHP will crawl, but some shared server hosts turn off remote file includes, so a PHP version of your embedded feeds would not show up, so javascript often the only bet for shared server hosts. However, if you signed on with Bluehost, you can have your own php.ini files with whatever directives as you see fit to override the webserver directives, so in that case, you could use PHP versions of embedded feeds. If you don't care about whether your scraping of someone else's content gets indexed or not, just do the Feedburner javascript - It's simple.

Now, there's other freebie services out there, similar to Feedburner, that can mashup several source feeds into one integrated randomized scrape, but their server performance can be glacial or totally FUBAR, as they don't have the resources of a Feedburner or the commercial services that do this on subscription.

A good alternative is to install SimplePIE, provided your shared webserver is configured for remote file includes (not generally likely) or you are able to use your own .htaccess (for Apache directives different from webserver's Apache directives, aside from the conf {which no host ever allows access to}) and php.ini (for PHP directives) to enable remote file inclusion for PHP versions of your embedding of source feed data. SimplePIE sort of does what Feedburner does, in PHP.

Again, if you don't care about mashups (pointless, really, as several Feedburner javascripts accomplish the same thing, but linearly and not with the random ordering of a true mashup config) or the indexability of your scraped regurgitation of someone else's content, Feedburner is the simple easy way to do this.

Posted by: keymaker

Re: iWeb hyperlinks - 04/05/10 08:13 PM

Thanks I'm looking into that... it turned out that Bluehost didn't offer UK named domains.