". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Passing On the Baton Chessboard


elephantschild said...

These are great pictures! So, inquiring minds want to know... who won the game?

Cheryl said...

This wasn't a game, but rather, a lesson (specifically a lesson on pawn movement). I have a feeling, though, that if asked, the short one would claim victory.

Hannah J said...

Typical expressions of Evan's thoughtfulness. I miss him. :'(

Slightly off-topic - how did you do the cross-out text in the title?

Cheryl said...

He misses you, too! Let us know when you will be back in town next.

I am an html newbie, so I had to look up how to do the strike through. Here is the best I can manage trying to explain it in words:


Does this make sense? I've capitalized the words STRIKE and WORD to delineate them from the symbols, but in the html STRIKE is not capitalized and WORD stands for the actual you word you want to have a strike through, so it may or may not be capitalized. I can't use the actual symbols because then I will end up with any actual strike through instead of an explanation of how to do a strike through!

Hannah J said...

Thanks! Will email you guys so as not to jeopardize blogging privacy. Or you could talk to Sir Noble Father of Hannah. Either way, nothing until almost E-bear's birthday. :(

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

Cheryl, ewwww. If you weren't trying to hack the Blogger title to strikeout, I'd show you how one should strikeout with CSS rather than use those crazy Internet Explorer-driven tags. :)

Cheryl said...

CSS? Translation, please!

elephantschild said...

"Cascading Style Sheet"

I don't really understand it, either, other than CSS is the way "modern" web pages and blogs are written (as opposed to that ancient stuff, you know, in HTML, from the Clinton administration.)

More than that, and we'll need to get Dan back over here. Dan?

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

*engages the disgronificator*

When HTML was first contrived, it was meant to add structural meaning to text. One would put the <title> tags around the title, the <h1> tags around the first level header, and so forth. This gave computers the information it needed to do things like create a table of contents for a document.

Does that help?

Microsoft and Netscape created more HTML tags that had nothing to do with document structure in order to control the document's style. Thus we have fun tags like <blink>, <marquee>, <strike>, etc.

Realizing that these extra tags actually make the text harder to use, especially by people who need to use the Web with something other than Internet Explorer, the Consortium who wrote HTML came up with Cascading Style Sheets.

This allowed people to write HTML that still made sense to computers, but the CSS files told Web browsers how to style the text, making header tags bigger than body text, etc.

The really cool thing about CSS files is that if you have your HTML file right, you can just change the CSS and completely rework the look of a web site without changing a bit of content. Kind of like Blogger templates but much more powerful.

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

How very weird. The "Does that help?" was supposed to go at the end.

Spoooookyyyyy. :)

elephantschild said...

Oh, RATS! The com-box won't let me use the blink tag!