When you click on a link at one of the update pages, for example a link to houseofnames.com, the latter page does not automatically open a new browser on your computer. This means that you will need to use your back arrow when you want to go from the houseofnames page back to the update page. It also means that it's frustrating for you to keep track of all the surnames because you can only view one Coat at a time. It's not a good alternative for me to install a special code that causes each Coat you click to open on an individual browser on your computer...because, due to the high number of Coats in any one discussion, I'm sure that you don't want 30 or more browsers open each with their own surname.
A better alternative is for you to open a couple of extra browsers, keeping them open at all times only for houseofnames purposes. This does not mean to open browsers in the ordinary way (by clicking on a short-cut icon) so that multiple browser windows are opened. That's frustrating, especially if you want to keep several browsers running. I use Firefox browser, and by opening new browsers, I mean clicking the + sign in the second menu bar. You will then see more than one box on that bar, each box being a separate browser. Click on any box/browser that you want to use at any given time. I think that typing Control-T (both keys at the same time) opens a new browser (in the same way as above) in both Firefox and Internet Explorer.
I keep a browser open for this page (no longer available as of 2013, but you can use it at this page) because it gives the official description of the Coats' symbols.
Instead of clicking on a surname link in my updates, you could opt to type the surname in your own browser. You will then have a record of all Coats at your fingertips; just scroll backward or forward to view the Coats. It makes for easy comparison of Coats.
But caution: if you leave a Coat page (for another page) while there are Coats recorded in the forward direction, you will lose all record of the Coats in the forward direction. If you hit a link at any Coat page, or type another surname and hit the search button at any one Coat page, while there are Coats recorded in the forward direction, you will lose all record of the Coats in the forward direction. If you don't want to lose record all those Coats, first scroll forward to the last Coat, and then enter whatever surname you want to check, or use another browser to check the surname.
I've noticed that there is a limit as to how many surnames/pages an individual browser saves record of; I've never counted, but it's in the neighborhood of 30.
When you shut your computer down each day, you can lose all record of the Coats. Put your computer to sleep instead; mine can take repeated sleeps for up to a month before a few glitches start to appear, so that's what I do rather than shutting down and restarting each day. Everything I was working on the previous day remains unchanged.
If you are reading on a certain topic in one webpage and remember reading the same topic in another update but can't remember what update it was in, it can be frustrating. Feel free to save any or all updates on your own computer.
If you save each update as individual files, you can use the Search feature on your browser. For Firefox users, hit the Start button at bottom left, and then type any word in the Search box that you wish to search your files for. You will be notified of what files contain the word that you type. But if you save multiple updates in a single file/page, you won't need to use the browser's search feature (I've noticed that Firefox's search feature isn't fully reliable). Instead, use the page's Find feature. In Firefox, hit the Edit on the menu bar, then hit Find. Upon hitting Find, there will appear and remain a box in the lower left corner that you can use to find any term in any page. I'D BE LOST WITHOUT THIS FEATURE. If Internet Explorer doesn't provide this feature, consider switching to Firefox.
I'd put all updates on a single file for you, but am afraid of being "punished" by search engines (Google, for example, is a search engine). They might have a rule that orders less Internet presence for website owners who double/triple-up their webpages in attempts to get higher Internet presence.
If you're writing your own notes. There are times (with Firefox, anyway) when the URL-address line at houseofnames/com won't darken/select in order to copy for pasting in your own work. In such cases, bring the cursor to the regular page, click twice anywhere, and then go back to select and copy the address line.
I'm afraid that many people don't know to use quotation marks in their search-engine searches. If for example you'd like to search for info on average household electricity, you will get many unrelated articles if you type average household electricity in the search-engine box. You will get all webpages using average, all webpages using household, and all webpages using electricity." If on the other hand you put the same phrase in quotation marks ("these" kind), the search engine will get you any webpages that have "average household electricity." If you don't know to do this, your searches will be much more difficult.
If you find many irrelevant webpage results cluttering your search pages, you can eliminate them by doing the search again, only this time using a dash before certain words. For example, if you're doing a search for "cakes and pies," but don't want the many result pages with "donuts," enter the search again like so: "cakes and pies" -donuts
If you need to find anything on a topic from my pages, do the google search using "tribwatch" along with your topic. However, I've noted that when I test Google on this matter, not all my pages show up that should. I've wondered whether Google deliberately punishes Christian webpages by reducing their Internet presence.
If you want to go easily from update to update without going to the Updates Index page, just change the dates in the URLs at the top of your browser. For example, if you're at the first update of December, 2009, and you want to go to the 2nd update of March, 2010. change "updateIraq9Nov1.htm" to "updateIraq0Mar2.htm". However, updates in the first half of 2009 do not use the '9' or any number. In the same way, don't use '8' or any number for updates in the last half of 2008. Another example: the 3rd update in June of 2011 is at "updateIraq1Jun3.htm".
To access a list of septs of surnames that show them, click "Site Map" at houseofnames.com. Then click on a letter in the "Clan Badges" list.
If you would like to write your own online articles, chances are you'll also want to provide links to certain websites, for example to pages at houseofnames.com. I would love to see other writers sharing the things that I've been discovering in heraldry and mythology, and would appreciate it most if they did not present a positive view either of heraldry or myth writers/contents. The two systems have an evil footing by nature.
When writing your own web articles, which is very easy if you keep your pages simple, as I do, you won't want to be typing the longish HTML codes each time you need one. HTML editors provide for some codes to appear on your page at a click or two. For example, if you would like to place a quote from another webpage on to your page in its own indented paragraph (I use this feature lots),like this indented paragraph here (you can't see the codes I've got typed before and after these words),you can click the Blockquote icon in the menu bar to have the editor automatically type < blockquote >, followed by < /blockquote > to indicate the end of the quote. That's all it takes; the reader won't see this part of your document, but will only see, in its own indented paragraph, the part that you paste between the two codes. (I deliberately placed spaces, not supposed to be there, between the arrows and the "blockquote," otherwise the words won't show here in this paragraph.)
I don't use the one-click feature above because it doesn't automatically add a color to the text in the indented paragraph. In order to get an indented paragraph with color, a code like the following needs to be used: < blockquote >< font color="#800000" > followed by < /font >< /blockquote >. That's a lot of undesirable typing each time color and an indented paragraph is desired (the 800000 is code for a deep red color. You can add many other codes of your choice for any color you wish). If spaces were not provided above between the arrows and the codes, you would now be reading followed by in it's own indented paragraph.
Moreover, after each quote from another webpage, you'll want to add the URL of the webpage for your readers to go to, to verify what you've quoted, or to read more if they would like to. And that requires its own code too, only adding to your typing unless there is a quicker solution. I have my HTML editor programmed (very easy to do) so that the following instantly appears wherever I type, bbb
< p > < blockquote > < font color="#800000" > < /font >< p >< a HREF="" >< /a > < /blockquote >
I just saved a ton of typing. A quote from another webpage is then copied, and pastes between < font color="#800000" > and < /font >. The URL from that page, for example, http://www.houseofnames.com/ottinger-family-crest, is copied, and pasted twice, once between < a HREF="" > and < /a >, and once between the two quotation marks in < a HREF="" >. Done.
The < p > is code for the reader's web browser to leave a space between one paragraph and another. Or, to put it another way, a < p > causes the text that follows it to jump down two lines. If you want text to jump from one line to the very next line, use < br >. In the codes above, there will be a space between the quoted text and the URL. Then, after the URL, there will be another space to the next paragraph. I have typed a hidden < p > above after the word, Done. It's all too easy to create your own simple webpage.
To add color at any point, I type, fff, to get the following to appear: < font color="#0000DD" >""< /font >. Then, type or paste whatever words I like between the two quotation marks.
Or, if at any point I type, hrf, I instantly get, < A HREF="" >< /a > (without the spaces between the arrows and the characters). This allows the slipping in of an URL wherever it's desired. When I'd like an URL at the end of a paragraph, things can be made easier by typing, aaa, at the end of the paragraph, to get < br >< a HREF="" >< /a >< p > to pop up.
I use a free-from-online HTML editor named, Ace, or acehtmlfreeware. If you download this program, and then load it to your screen, click the Tools in the menu bar, then click Editor Preferences, then click Auto-correct, then click Add. Two empty boxes will appear for you to type in. In the top box, type, for example, < p > < blockquote > < font color="#800000" > < /font >< p >< a HREF="" >< /a > < /blockquote >
. In the second box, type whatever code you want (I use bbb), something that you would never type during normal writing. I used to use III as code for an Interfax link, but then discovered that, f for example I wrote, Edward III, it would read Edward
. Not good. Let your codes be at least three letters long for obvious reason. If you need to write your code as part of the text, as for example you see that I am able to write bbb here, type 'b' twice, leave a space, then type the last 'b' and delete the space.
Actually, one doesn't need an HTML editor program to write online articles. You can create the page in Microsoft Word, for example. Just type in the codes the same as described above. But, having the editor gives some advantages. For example, all the codework required before and after the article is already inserted for you. It's not a large advantage, actually, because you could copy and paste this codework into every article yourself. You can even lift (it's not a crime) someone else's codework, actually, if you know how. The great advantage of using an HTML editor is that, with a single click of an icon, your article will take the appearance of what it would look like online. That way, you can check to document at any time to see if you have your codework done properly.
The arrows are what indicates to all Internet browsers that HTML code is being used. Browsers will react automatically. But, leave out just one arrow where it's supposed to be, and the entire page can go bonkers. For example, if you are using the < i >< /i > code for italics, and you forget an arrow, or get the wrong arrow in there, the rest of the page might show in italics.
To get words into italics, just type or paste them between < i > and < /i >. You don't need to know it, but the slash always indicates to a browser that it's the end of the code that was started between the previous arrows. If you want bold text, type or paste it between and < /b>. How easy is that?
The Ace HTML editor alerts at times (not always) of code errors that I've made. If you create your page in Microsoft Word, it won't alert you of code errors. If you have just one error on the page after you've written it and put it into code, it could be difficult to find the error. If you would like "great" in underlined text, but you accidentally use, < u > great < /i>, your great, and the rest of the document, or at least until the next font code appears, will show in underlined text...because you haven't given the proper code to end the underline feature. That error will be easy to find, but other errors can be evasive.
If you would like the entire page to have a margin on both right and left sides, use < blockquote > at the start of the page's text, and < /Blockquote > after the page's text. If you want your margin larger, use < Blockquote >< blockquote > and < /Blockquote >< /Blockquote >.
If you want your title in the middle of the line, use < center > Title here < /center >. How easy is that? You don't need to memorize it all before you start; you'll pick it up fast as soon as you start toying with it.
If you suddenly want larger text, or larger exclamation marks, where the top of the page has code for all text to be #3 large, you could use exclamation marks between < font size="4"> and < /font > to make them one size larger, or < font size="5" > and < /font > to make them two sizes larger, etc. If you would like to change font size and color all at once, it can be simplified by using < font size="4" color="#800000" > and < /font >. But leave a space between "4" and color. If you leave out the quotation marks or the #, the code may or may not work, depending on what browser your reader is using.
Every color code has six digits, or six letters, or six total of digits and letters in combination. The first two are for the amount of red color, the next two for green, the last two for yellow. The least amount of color is from 'a' through to 'f'. To put it another way, 'a' is closer to the black than to the color, and 1 is closer to the black than to the color. One get much more red by using 800000 than by using 100000, which is almost pure black. Using "500000" gets more red but still with plenty of black. The most red one can muster using the digits is "990000". The next step up toward the red from "990000" is "A00000", and "AA0000" gets a little more red yet, until the maximum amount of red is obtained with "FF0000".
There is no digit or number for white. Therefore, as there is not a way, so far as I know, to mix white with the reds above to get pink, the best I can find pink, using my wits rather than the professionalism I don't have in this regard, is to mix the brightest red with the brightest blue to create "purple" by using "ff00ff". Adding any yellow to that mix goes to the lavender side of the pallet.
Deep colors are found at the highest digit value. Here's deep red with zero yellow and zero green by using 990000. To get the deep green with zero red and zero yellow, use 009900. For black text, use "000000". White text is possible with an even mix of all colors, using ffffff.
There are four colors to choose for four codes at the top of every HTML page. Every HTML page must start with < html > (not including the spaces). After that, you have options, but the following should be used at the top of every HTML page:
< HTML > < BODY BGCOLOR="" text="" link="" vlink="" >
Just add your four colors in, between the quotation marks (don't forget to use the # in each of the four color codes). The BGCOLOR is for the background, the color of your "sheet." The link color is for the links that you create on your page, and the vlink (visited link) is the color that the links will change to when the reader has clicked them, indicating to the reader, "done that, been there."
Every HTML page must end in < /body >< /html >. And that's it, you now know how to make your own webpage. There is a lot more to it for dressing the page up, or for making it more efficient, but the rest is all optional. All you need to do now is get it online for the world to read. Well, in most cases, only few people will find your page, unless it's interesting / important enough that people tend to share it with one another. Your html page can be online in as few clicks as five...if you're paying an Internet server to store the page for you and allow the Internet "spiders" to list the page. There are servers that will do this for you for as little as $30 annually, and on top of that you need to choose your very own websitename.com, or websitename.org. Com is for general purposes, and org was intended for charities and the like. It's called a domain name. Just google "domain names" and you'll have many businesses wanting your business (some of them are fakes, just wanting your personal information. For better or for worse, I have been using Directnic; last I heard, you can still get the $15 annual deal if you allow them to place their ad on your home page. Otherwise, you can start at $30 and not use their ad.
Yes, you must have a home page, even if that's the only page you use. But from that home page, you can create links (you already know how, from the above, to create your own links) to all your other pages. You can talk to the world through your unshaven face, from your slippers and pajamas, and pretend to be superman / superwoman, but I don't recommend it. The slippers, that is.
After you subscribe with an Internet server, and secure your own domain name (one thing at a time makes it easy), you will need an FTP uploader. This is what allows you to upload your pages to the Internet's server's files, so that they can make the pages available online for you. There is (or at least was) a free FTP software package called CORE LE that you can download at http://www.coreftp.com/download.html
You may need to know whether your computer system works as 32 bit or 64 bit, as there are download options on the page above for both. Or, you might want to pay for a pro version and get better features. A free one is more than enough for typical purposes. Once you have an FTP system downloaded, create a shortcut on your desktop and click it to open it. You'll then see a Connect button. Don't click it until you have filled in some information in the empty boxes. You'll need to ask your server what info to type in Host or IP box. There will also be a box for you to type the user name that you register with your server. And of course there is a box for entering your password, which can be permanent so that you don't need to enter it everytime you want to upload your files. Then there is a name box where you can name the connection system anything you like; you might want to name it the same as your domain name, or not in case there are spies with the CORE people who can find your connection data by searching domain names.
There will be a set of options for the sort of connection you want, and in this case choose "FTP". And that should be about it (further questions can be directed to your server). You can then click the Connect button (make sure the Internet connection is on).
On the one side of the page that shows up after clicking that button, there will be the typical access method to your computer files. A little fiddling with this should get you to learn how it works. On the other side of the FTP page, there will be a few options to click in order to access your domain system at your server. If you can't figure out which option to click (it may or may not be obvious), or if you are unsure of which, your server will tell you this too. Once you click that option, your uploaded files, if you have any, will show. Of course, you won't have any files showing at first.
All you do now is, with a couple of clicks, upload your home page, which, as I understand it, MUST me named "index." That is, when you save your home page to your own files, save it with the name index.html or index.htm (either one will work). If you didn't name it index, you can just re-name.
What you should do is save the index page in a folder reserved exclusively for your website files. You don't want the website files mixed in with the folder holding photos of your summer vacation and grandma too. Save all your webpage articles in that new folder so that when you go to the folder from the FTP system, there will be all your website articles staring you nicely in the face, easily manageable without photos of grandma too.
If you use an HTML editor to create your webpages, you can save them from the editor; it will be obvious how to name the files as you save them. But I don't imagine that you can create a folder from the HTML editor. To create a new folder, open your C-Drive (unless you don't want your files on the hard drive) and find a location where you want to create the folder, then find the button that allows you to create a new folder. Name it, and that's that. Then, on the half of the FTP system showing your computer files, browse and find the new folder. Click it so that all your website files, including the one named, index, appears. Then click/highlight the index file, and click the arrow that transfers the index page to the server's files, and watch it go to the other half of the page. If you have high-speed internet, you might miss the transfer if you blink.
You can delete or view any files while you are at the FTP page, whether the files are in your own computer, or in the server's files that you own). If you have a link on your webpage to a photo, for example, you must of course upload that photo to the server's data files, or it's not going to be seen by the reader. As soon as you upload your pages and files, you can use your own browser to view your own website online. It will take two or more weeks before Internet spiders (eg Google) find your webpage at the server's location, and register it on their own list of websites. At that point, Google, for example, will store and "remember" every word in your website. If for example, you have the word, supercalifrag, in one of your webpages, and someone does a search for supercalifraga, Google should present your webpage (not your whole website) to the one doing the search.
There are respectable means by which spiders prioritize which webpages to show nearest the top of search results, but we can also imagine corruption and money-talks, where groups like Bilderbergs and Rothschilds get most of the priority. The internet should be broken up into at least two categories for search purposes, one with business/commerce results only, and one with educational results only, but the masters of the internet want it all combined because businesses want to be in our faces no matter what we search for, and Google and the like are fond of doing the biddings of businesses more than they have need to satisfy the educators.
Once the FTP software is installed on your computer (easy to do), and you have a shortcut icon for it on your desktop, one merely needs to click the shortcut to open the FTP program, and then click the Connect button in the FTP page so that you can get your computer connected to the server's computer. On the one half of the FTP page are your own computer files, and on the other half you can see any of your files that you've uploaded to the server's system. To upload, click/highlight any file on your computer half of the page, then click the arrow that sends it to the server, and watch the file go. That's it, It's now available online; and you can even use the server's system to store any of your non-Internet files, if, for example, you want to back them up.