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CoachJo    3
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Thanks to those who helped me with some of my previous questions.  I've been able to figure out some things and decided to just live with others but I can't go live until I get answers to eliminating the big space at the bottom of my text boxes and how to make hyperlinks work in text boxes.  An ETA on these please. 

 

Overall, I think the DMS support forum is clumsy and that perhaps subcategories are in order.

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thebastion    20
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CoachJo if you added the links you are talking about in here then other people might see it and be able to help.

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thebastion    20
thebastion

CoachJo i have found tha the search option at the top of the forum area is very efficient.

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CoachJo    3
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Thanks thebastion and maybe it's just me but the 'answered vs. not answered' doesn't even work.  And I do try search but us neophytes don't always know what we should search for.

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thebastion    20
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Ok here are the basics:

http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_links.asp

 

And here it is working:

http://charityspot.org.uk/testing/test/

 

The code used:

<a href="http://www.wherever-you-want-it-to-go">This is the link text that gets shown on the screen http://www.somelinkhere/</a>

 

All you have done is typed in a URL like this "http://www.easybib.com/" that wont do anything (it will in this post as link text because the forum is designed to show links like that, the reason it does not in DMS im guessing is because maybe you dont want to actually have it as a link)

 

Now thats the links sorted. If you mean the whitespace I'm showing in the following image? Then there is nothing you can do about that, how do you expect there to be none when one box has loads of text and the one next to it has hardly any? Correct me if I'm going on about the wrong whitespace but there is a lot to choose from:

whitespace.jpg

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CoachJo    3
CoachJo

Hi, That page doesn't illustrate the white space issue.  It only shows the hyperlinks not working issue.  Please look at the home page.  Thanks.

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thebastion    20
thebastion

Hi, did the link tip work?

 

Which area am I supposed to be looking at becasue it looks fine on my screen? Screenshots make life so much easier!

 

Your previous post on things are too vague for me to work out, I need the actual area you are talking about to help you. You have to understand you have a lot of text boxes on there?

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CoachJo    3
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So I went to my first hyperlink and changed it to this:  <a href="http://research.collegeboard.org/>College Board</a> and if you look at my page now, you can see it's a disaster.

 

http://www.studentsuccessclub.com/sources-resources/

 

I'm glad I seem to have misunderstood the instructions because having to go to each link and type stuff before and after would be painful. 

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CoachJo    3
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I'm sorry, I don't know how to create a screen shot and stick arrows on it.  I tried Shift PrtSc but then what?  I'm sure this is very frustrating for you for whom this stuff comes so easily but it is the ease of use DMS promised that brought people like me on board.  Thanks for your help.

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thebastion    20
thebastion

CoachJo I'm afraid you will have to do it to every entry and you did not follow my instructions correctly. Dont worry it's not to bad but you have missed out one of these " at the end:

 

<a href="http://research.collegeboard.org/">College Board</a>

So what has happened is everything after <a href=" has become a hyperlink.

 

Now whats this whitespace you talk of?

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CoachJo    3
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Thanks again.  The lime green area on my home page really shows off the problem with space under the text boxes.

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thebastion    20
thebastion

Damn sorry the bloody forum is making my links links ha ha! Now can you see why It should not be turned on by default....
 
What I meant was:
You are missing the " from the end of this

<a href="http://research.collegeboard.org/">College Board</a>

 
No worries CoachJo but it does look like you are in at the deep end I'm afraid. Things like hyperlinks have been around since the invention of the internet so they are considered essential basics. And I'm sure you understand why simply typing in a hyperlink does not turn it into one due to the post above
 
DMS is amazingly quick for laying out pages/sites but you will have to get your hands dirty with some HTML or at least CSS to get things how you like, thats just how it goes these days i'm afraid.

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CoachJo    3
CoachJo

It's okay, I found the wayward " and put him in his place.  I can't believe I have to do such tedious work for all hyperlinks!  It's so much easier in Word.

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thebastion    20
thebastion

This is the padding you need to change, I do not know how you have set your page up but this is where you need to change: Do not select 0px because apparently there is a bug that sets it to 20px if i remember correctly:

 

padding.jpg

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CoachJo    3
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I had it set to 0 in at least one spot.  I tried going to several sections and changing it to 1 but that didn't fix it.  Could it be that I have it at 0 somewhere globally?  Or maybe if I still have it at 0 somewhere, that's overriding my change everywhere?

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CoachJo    3
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I'm just using Default Template.  I'm tempted to hit the Restore Drag & Drop Template Setup to Default but I'm afraid of what it might do.

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thebastion    20
thebastion

Save that template as Home or something.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong but have you got 3 different TextBoxes in that Lime green area?

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CoachJo    3
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Yes I do, I wanted different font attributes and alignment.  Actually, I'd like to italicize some things but don't want to get greedy.

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thebastion    20
thebastion

CoachJo then thats why your padding is all shot to hell, there is padding being applied to every TextBox, you are going to have to bite the bullet, stick them all in one TextBox and do some very basic html and css.

 

I'll start you off with italic, get ready.......

<i>I'm italic text</i>

And here is the dirty inline CSS to apply the text alignment and make it bigger, this way of adding CSS is frowned upon but it should do the job for you if you use it sparingly:

<i style="font-size:250%; text-align:right;">I'm italic text floating right</i>

Until they build in a WYSWYG editor you will have to do things this way or find a plugin that works with DMS and allows the use of shortcode. This still involves learning their shortcode though, so it's not as flexible.

 

Here are a few things for you to check out:

http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp

http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/pr_text_text-align.asp

http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_css.asp

http://www.w3schools.com/css/default.asp

 

Anyway good luck and trust me you wont look back after learning the basics.

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CoachJo    3
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Woo hoo!  I figured out a way to convert all those websites to hyperlinks quickly and easily.  I will post how I did it to my original query.

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Rob    547
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Excellent!


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