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Werd! Making it work!

MAKING IT WORK:  The only reason to follow these instructions are if you want to use fonts that are not supported by Scribefire.

     To follow up on my previous post, here are the instructions for how to make the whole thing work.  Well, due to some unforeseen aspects of this thing it turns out being a little more difficult that I thought at first.  Not in terms of actually doing it----but in terms of teaching it.

     So, here is the “simple” way to get the text and colors and all that stuff to work on your AR posts.  To make it simple, type your signature into a new blog post (you could do the same thing with a whole post but for now I am just interested in getting basic information on your post so that when you insert what you want later it will work as I described in my previous post). 

 

     Charles Buell (just use your name though).  You will also need to add at least two lines of information under your name.  If you look at any of my posts you will see I have a bunch of other stuff under my name.  For the purpose of this exercise lets put:

     Home Inspector,

     Seattle, WA

     Now, give the post a title like, “testing, testing---this is making me testy” (or whatever).

     Set the “draft” option and hit publish.

     Now open the post in “edit” and hit the “HTML” option.

     You should now see your name looking like: 

Charles Buell

Home Inspector

Seattle, WA

     Now take,

and insert the whole thing in before the first

like:

Charles Buell

     The next step is to “stop” the action requested by all the purple code, by inserting: 

after the

after Charles Buell.  This leaves the final thing looking like: 

Charles Buell

Home Inspector

Seattle, WA

 

     Now hit publish.  This published version of these three lines is what you will need to copy and paste into every new blog post.  When you copy and paste your Word document ahead of this coded information, you should end up with your blog post looking just like your Word document. (some times you have to hit “enter” several times to get enough room for the copied material to “fit” in ahead of  your signature-----like 4-6 times)

     I don’t want to see a lot of “Charles Buell” clones out there so please use your own name and have fun picking different font, size and colors.

 

     If you look at the purple code, you can see that it is “instructing” the text to do three things. 

     You can put pretty much use any “font family” in place of “book antique”-----that just happens to be the one I like.

You make it whatever color you want by changing the “rgb” code (This is the website I use to get my colors from).

The “font-size: large” can be changed to lots of different sizes, but common choices would be small, x-small, xx-small, medium, large, x-large, xx-large.  You will have to experiment with this.

 

Another side note is that after you publish the post in draft mode you will note there is “considerable “extraneous” HTML code and sometimes extra rows that you can go back in and delete.  It is always at the beginning and sometimes throughout the text---especially when pictures are present.  I have no idea why it does this but I do know that it seems safe to delete it.

If all of these instructions work----consider it a miracle!

 

Charles Buell

 

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 21 commentsCharles Buell • January 27 2009 05:42PM

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<p>Thanks Chuck.......</p>

Posted by Mike & Cindy Jones, Real Estate - (904) 874-0422 - Jacksonville, Fl (Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage) over 9 years ago

Charles, with HTML it is always amazing that trying to do something so simple looks like such great work.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks Mike and Cindy, I am dying to watch people go through contortions trying to make these instructions work:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Gary, it can definately be a pain in the butt----but when you are addicted what is a guy to do?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Great post. I have been wondering how to do that. Is it okay if we want to be Charles or do we have to ask first every time. you never know how who you are going to feel like when you get up in the morning-Sally T. Chase

Posted by Dinah Lee Griffey, Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties (Windermere Peninsula Properties) over 9 years ago

Dinah, while I can picture you as a "Charlie" I am having trouble with "Charles":)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago


Looks like I may have to muster a retraction.  As long as you use the fonts available in Scribefire, you should be able to copy and paste directly from word into Scribefire and then directly into your blog post----without any of the messiness of my approach detailed in this post.  If you don't need any of the things that are available in Word that are not ins Scribefire, then Scribefire might be enough---just create your post write in Scribefire and post it directly to your blog.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

I know a way to cheat the whole figuring out the tags thingie (technical term).  Use Nvu!  I do most of my own basic tags but every once in a while I resort to a quicker method.  You can write what you want and then change text size and colors.  Go to view HTML copy and paste in AR or anywhere else you can put HTML. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Cindy, why aren't you using color and font size and type changes in your posts?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Thanks again.  I'm going to try.  If anyone can screw it up I can.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

Jack, I strongly recommend just hooking up Foxfire and use the Scribefire:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles... while these instructions will work... they have nothing to do with using Firefox.  We've always been able to manipulate size, font and colour within the HTML side.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 9 years ago

Alan, perhaps---but I was never able to do a "direct" copy and paste from Word right into my blog post without having to do anything else----without converting to HTML and inserting code---it would always revert back to AR's default text.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Great instructions if I can just muster the time and energy to learn it.  I keep planning to do so and planning and planning.  That HTML just looks so hard!

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

Barbara, look at my advice above to Jack:)  Just install Foxfire with Scribefire.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

if I want color in my work, I hit spell check- that lights it all up right nice like- cw

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) over 9 years ago

Cheryl (short-cut) Willis, that is awesome----then you can just take a screen shot of it and post it!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Hey, I loaded up "scribefire"... but it can't detect what kind of "blog" AR is... any thoughts?

but, this is waaaaaay cool.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 9 years ago

Alan, I put my info in Scribefire and then copy and paste it into my blog.  Haven't figured out the "Publish to 'No Blog Selected'" thingy yet myself.  It may be some sort of "add-on."  But it is too cool though!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

that's just how I did it too.... fun!

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 9 years ago

Alan it is just toooooooooooo much fun:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

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