Formatting

Fic Formatting
Pic Formatting

Fic Formatting

What format should fics be in?
How do I change the format of my fic?
Can I use cascading style sheets?
I don't know HTML, can I still enter?

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What format should fics be in?

Html, ideally. Simple html, at that. Every fic entered will be adjusted to fit the style of the site, and it's much easier to do that if there isn't a whole lot of unnecessary code to shovel through. Besides, I'm hardly an html expert, go easy on me! ^_~
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How do I change the format of my fic?

Depending on what program you use, when you select "save as", you should see a drop-down box below the area where you you type the name of the file. The drop-down box should list different options to choose from. Choose html or htm, if either is listed. I prefer html for consistancy sake, but it doesn't really matter since they're essentially the same. Now, if html or htm are not listed, then try opening the file in another program to see if it does. If that is not an option, you can always just change the extension to '.html'. This won't add html tags to your file, but it can now be read as one. The formatting will be screwed up without any tags, though, so you'd have to add them yourself.
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Can I use cascading Style Sheets?

No. Nope. Uh-uh. Don't. It will cause me (and whomever helps) more work to remove/change it to fit TU's style. So please don't, k?
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I don't know HTML, can I still enter?

Don't know html? Let me help! ^^ Even adding a few simple tags to plain text (albiet in the right places) can be a big help to me/us.

<BR> -- This the break tag. It tells the browser when to send text to the next line. Kind of like hitting 'enter' when typing. ^^ You can have any number of breaks in a row, but I suggest keeping it to a minium. Like two between paragraphs.

<P> </P> -- These are the paragraph tags. The second is the end tag. You put a pragraph between the two tags. Though you can get away with not using the end tag, I suggest using it anyway. The "html police" are getting stricter about things like that. ^^;; Using paragraph tags eliminates the need to use breaks between paragraphs, as it "buffers" the paragraph, adding space before and after it. Though it is possible, with the right code, don't use "empty" paragraphs. Breaks work perfectly fine if you need the extra space. (I dislike "empty" paragraphs for some reason ^^;;)

<CENTER> </CENTER> -- These handy tags centers the text between them to the page.

<B> </B> -- Makes text bold.

<I> </I> -- Makes text italyc.

<U> </U> -- Makes text underlined.

<SUB> </SUB> -- Makes text subscripted. (ie. dropped)

<SUP> </SUP> -- Makes text superscripted. (ie. moved up)

<H1> </H1> <H2> </H2> <H3> </H3> <H4> </H4> <H5> </H5> <H6> </H6> -- Adjusts the sizeof the text, H1 being the largest and H6 the smallest. Anything written after, even without breaks, will be moved below the tagged text. Examples below. Note, there are no breaks of any kind between any of these.

H1

H2

H3

H4

H5
H6
There are othe ways to re-size text, but I won't go into it here.

For more on HTML, try HTML Goodies or HTML Basix. ^^ Just try not to go overboard. ^_~
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Pic Formatting

What format should pics be in?
How do I change the format of my pic?
What is resolution?
How do I change the size of my pic?

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What format should pics be in?

JPEG (.jpg) or GIF (.gif). I may accept bitmaps (.bmp) but only if given a good enough reason to, and if they're not to big.
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How do I change the format of my pic?

Using your photo editing program of choice, choose "save as", then select either JPEG or GIF from the drop down box. If you aren't familiar working with GIF, then I suggest not using it.
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What is resolution?

Resolution, or dpi, is the dots (pixels) per inch of the image. A high resolution equals higher quality, but it also makes images larger. When submitting a pic, make sure that the resolution is no higher than 100 dpi.
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How do I change the size of my pic?

First, check the resolution. If it is higher than 100 dpi, then lower it. If it is still too big, then change the actual size. (inches, millimeters, etc.) Make sure you maintain the aspect ratio. How big or small you make it depends really on how much detail you are willing to sacrifice. However, it would be best if it's not necessary to scroll all over the place just to see the whole picture. I suggest no longer than 1 1/2 times the length (that's up and down, folks) of the screen, and no wider then the screen. As for size in kilobytes, try not to go over 200KB, okies? If I receive an entry that I deem to big, in any way, I will adjust them myself to fit. But I'd rather not have to do all of them, get me? ^_~
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