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Problem with putting the background image in html[edit]

I am failed to upload the background image in html plse give me some exmaple to this problem and some theroy and also tell the html s best books name —Preceding unsigned comment added by Vikas royal king (discusscontribs) 09:03, 26 October 2012‎

Mars Book 1[edit]

I am having problems saving PDF file. I get invalid annotation error. Using Windows 7, IE 9.0.12 64Bit.

Page Popups needed - is there something in place already[edit]

I'm looking for a template 'capability' similar to the Wikipedia footer navbar templates that instead of expanding a template, will allow examples in sub-pages of the work to be shown or not by user control. See one possible case: uses now and subpages like Trainz/Versions/TS10-Ver Table).

  • Since the magic is in the called page, I guess I meant a template family footer, header and call templates.
  • This will give the advantage of visually grouping the exposition and explanations and yet allow the example to be opened under or over the text.
  • Like the linked page, many will be screenfuls in length, so incorporating them directly in the page is contra-indicated, while the prose will certainly include snippets of closer discussion points in pre & /pre tags.
  • Ideally, the 'calling template' would allow some boilerplate default message incorporating a direct page link and pipetrick. Hmmmmm, something like:
"Click open to view {{{pre|an}}} {{{text|example}}}{{{post|}}},
or see the full page at {{{1}}}. 

should do it.

If this theoretical ideal template just manifested as a line continuation with ([show])

or the flipside when opened ([hide]) each displayed in the same 'anchor point' in the text, that would work well as a general flexible implementation, and allow users to nest it inside any box template of their choice, such as {{example}}.

  • It can of course be ghosted in a HTML container, preferentially a table element so it behaves well with images and a possible series of right margin navbox templates in certain topic groups our 'divisions' (Think of a large TAB organized 3-ring binder, that's the way the Trainz Wikibook new organization is like, with sub-TOC pages like these two...) Kinds and containers pages would benefit from such cross-linking.
  • It also strikes me as a good feature to show the ([hide]) under the expanded text page as well; allowing as it does the reader to just keep going from the bottom.

I don't know enough about the Common.css and Common.js differences between here and the en.wikipedia to write something from scratch using code snippets from those navbar templates, but hope you all have something in place or someone is willing to work with me that has a stronger java script and css knowledge than mine (a VERY low bar! <BSEG>).

So HELP! Best regards, FrankB 16:32, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Secondary issue[edit]

That table page linked above is NOT clearing properly for references shown in {{reflist}}. I'm seeing the first ref tagged manifest off to the table right when viewing the page on the subpage. Further, the refs aren't following the section AND displaying where I expected. Anybody help me figure out what's happening there? Note the transcluding page (1st link) will have multiple pages based on that prototype. That will ease editing chores and allow for a better presentation, but this direct viewed behavior troubles me.

Apologies, Missed this correction-- as I'd fixed that the next day. // FrankB 18:40, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

(Be merciful Masters, my HTML is challenged, and this is one case when I wish I'd the time to add a better CS base knowledge to my skills. TIME, is there ever enough of it?) Thanks // Frank and FrankB 16:32, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

  • What no advice or suggestions at all in two weeks? // FrankB 16:04, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
@Fabartus: Unfortunately, there's not a lot of action here at all. I saw your post but didn't know how to help. You may want to contact an active user directly or ask for admin assistance (although I have asked for admins on the admin request page to perform some simple moves and it hasn't happened). —Justin (koavf)TCM 16:07, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
I don't understand the question. I'm probably capable of figuring out the technical side of how to do something, but that's predicated on my knowing what one is trying to do. :-S  --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 18:22, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Well getting a template set to achieve collapsing and noncollapsing an 'included example page' content was the horse I rode in on, and an answer on that is what I sought. Thanks for responding to the bump. I figured out the secondary issue myself. A nesting issue with a table not being terminated properly, iirc. Thanks for the time! // FrankB 18:40, 15 September 2014 (UTC)