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Hi Zheng ... as far as I know, the browser will try its best to render your columns at 20% width. It will automatically break on spaces where it can to preserve the proper proportion.
However, if your user's browser is too narrow, or you have large strings of data (or wide images) that don't break cleanly, your columns will stretch to accommodate.
I'm not aware of a way around this. Good Luck.
I cannot get to the link posted above to read the interview, but snopes debunked the "fake footage myth" in September.
Claim: CNN used old footage to fake images of 'Palestinians dancing in the street' after the terrorist attack on the USA.
Status: False.
Origins: No, CNN did not air decade-old footage of Palestinians dancing in the streets. Eason Jordan, CNN's Chief News Executive, confirmed that the video used on CNN was in fact shot on Tuesday, 11 September 2001, in East Jerusalem by a Reuters TV crew, not during the Persian Gulf conflict of 1990-91 -- a fact proved by its inclusion of comments from a Palestinian praising Osama Bin Laden (whose name was unlikely to have come up ten years earlier in connection with the invasion and liberation of Kuwait) as well as the appearance in the video of post-1991 automobiles. The person who made the claim quoted above has since recanted.

22 years ago
I'm not sure if this will work for you, but we have done it in the past. If you remove the extension of the file, or give it a strange extension (on both the actual physical file to be downloaded and in the HREF of your html code), the browser will usually not know what to do with it and will prompt the user to download. In order to do this though, you should clearly indicate what kind of file you are pointing to so the user knows what he/she is getting.
Hope this helps.
I'm not sure why you may getting larger line spacing, but have you tried printing using PRE or TT tags? Using those tags will display your data in a fixed width font, and you probably wouldn't even have to use tables, you could just print the lines out with the appropriate tabs/spacing.
This should work:
<FORM ACTION="Servlet" TARGET="_blank">
If you want to actually set the properties of the new window, height and width and stuff, you might try:
<FORM NAME="myform" ACTION="Servlet" TARGET="resultWin">
<INPUT TYPE=" button" VALUE="Submit" onClick="javascript:newWindow()">
where newWindow creates a new window called resultWin, then calls document.myforms.submit().
My syntax may not be exactly right, but it should be close. Hope this helps.
Hi Maya, it's me again.
The zoom in and zoom outs you see on places like mapquest or others are probably dynamically generated images, allowing the zooms to be done on the server side. If you want to do this on the client side, you would probably have to create the zoomed in and zoomed out images by hand, then write a client-side script to access those individual files. Is this what you are thinking of? I am not aware of any client-side scripts that would actually redraw the images for you.
Let me know if you've actually manually created the images and I'll see if I can help.
- Connie
You're getting this problem because floating point numbers are inexact, so you really can't count on doing the math without adding some checks to your code. I don't know of any straight up workarounds, but something we have done in the past is this:
Given a number such as 5.7045630, if you want precision to two places, do the following:
num = 5.7045630 ;
hundredths = Math.floor( (num*100) % 100 );
//hundredths = 70
wholeNum = Math.floor( (num*100) / 100 );
//wholeNum = Math.floor( 570 / 100 ) = 5
It's a really simplistic solution, and you'd obviously have to work harder if you want to be able to handle a larger range of numbers, but it's a start.
Good Luck!
Hi all ... considering yesterday's sad market performance, I wanted to pass along something I received in my inbox. Not sure if anyone else has posted it. My apologies if that is so:
Here are some pragmatic thoughts and suggestions for you and yours (please consider forwarding all or part of this email to others):
As a country, we have been paralyzed and mesmerized by the attacks. Rather than work, we watch, listen, and grieve. As a consequence, the economy is going to feel a real impact and it may not be very good . . . unless we collectively do something. This weekend (not next weekend) and in the coming days, consider doing the following (and extrapolate to fit your world):
1. For every person who has a birthday, wedding, shower or other gift giving occasion in the next 90 or 120 days, BUY the present NOW. You would spend the money anyway, just spend it a bit early. Give our economy a boost when it needs it. Buy the greeting card, gift wrap, heck get your Christmas gifts now. (And consider buying American made products if it makes sense to
do so.)
2. Consider buying the things you know you will consume in the next 120 days; e.g., paper towels, Kleenex, cosmetics, laundry detergent, anything that doesn't get stale or have a short shelf life. Stock up on soft drinks, bottled water. Yes, it does make a difference if you spend $50 because x millions of us rather than NOT spending $50 is actually a difference of $100
x millions of us.
3. Plan your winter and spring vacations and holiday travel and buy your airline ticket now (you may even get a great deal). Take a trip you've been considering. Visit family and friends in the coming weeks. The airlines need the revenue; we need to see family and friends. Consider vacationing in the U.S. this year. Sure, the Caribbean has the best dive sights, but ski in the U.S. go somewhere you haven't been. Consider even Broadway (fears abound that tourism in NYC will be down substantially - well, do something, go to NYC!)
4. Have auto maintenance coming up in the next 30 or 60 days? Do it this week.
5. Know of a concert or theater performance you want to see? Even if in January, go ahead and buy the tickets now. Subscribe to a series at the symphony, ballet, or local theater (if you even thought about doing so, do it this week). (Don't forget Broadway tickets, see #3 above).
6. House maintenance? New appliance you know you need to replace? Gutters? HVAC check up before winter comes? Think ahead - go to your checkbook from last October, November and December and see what you spent last year and go ahead and consider doing it this week or next.
7. Go OUT THIS WEEKEND and have dinner, buy drinks, buy a shirt or blouse, wash your car, see a movie, go bowling, do something both for fun and to make sure all those who are in business do not also suffer because of those demons who would disrupt our world!
How to Help
Getting Past Grief
During difficult times, finding ways to express your feelings may be one of the keys to dealing with grief. Traumatic events can take both a physical and psychological toll due to increased stress levels. However, spending time with loved ones, talking
through disturbing experiences, or writing about your feelings in a journal can help you cope with upsetting events and ease their effects.
RealAge Benefit: During stressful times, strong friendships can make your RealAge up to 30 years younger.
If you've received an email about Nostradamus predicting the attack, the information is incorrect.
Urban Legends
and see USA Today, September 13, 2001, page 8, Section D.
Hug someone today. Hug yourself. As long as we are all going to be forever changed by the attack, let's make it a positive change in our everyday attitude and direction.
22 years ago
Hi Maya ... here goes ...
1. Open your image. (Say, Image1.gif)
2. View --> Rulers
3. Assume my image is 2 inches tall and 5 inches wide.
4. I want two images, 2 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide.
5. Go to Image-->Crop
6. For Crop Margins enter, Left: 0 , Top 0, Right, 2.5, Bottom 2.
7. Save image as Image1_slice1.gif
8. Open original image again.
9. Go to Image-->Crop
10. This time enter, Left 2.5, Top 0, Right 5, Bottom 2.
11. Save this image as Image1_slice2.gif
PhotoEditor is not the most intuitive program in the world. If you had photoshop, you could just draw a select box around the image and crop. Hope this helps!
Why do you have the script in the frameset anyway? Can you store it in an external file? If so, you can reference the variable from any page. For example:
var i_Variables_Cargadas = "foo";
<SCRIPT SRC="external.js">

<SCRIPT SRC="external.js">
Hope this helps. If not, please provide more information and restrictions and I will try to help.
If you have Microsoft PhotoEditor, you should just be able to crop your image and save each piece as its own image. You could probably also do it in Paint, but I don't think it has rulers, so you might not get an exact slice.
hi Andrew.
I believe the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem promote a vegan lifestyle. And even though not all Buddhists are vegan or even vegetarian, it's not an uncommon path to follow and is totally consistent with the Buddhist views of peace and non-violence.

The main point is really that we only live by ending the life of something else. (Ending the life in a very limited understanding of ending and life, of course) Becoming truly conscious of this fact is profound. To say that killing an animal is cruelty but killing plants is not, is simply a function of our ability to more easily anthropomorphize the animals.

Your argument is purely metaphysical (read: cop out ), and once you're out there, anything is valid either for or against eating meat. To say that killing plants could be just as cruel as killing animals is to relegate the physical display of pain and the desire of all animals to preserve/extend their own lives into the ether.
I'll grant you cold weather or certain living conditions as a reason to eat meat. I've seen disparaging comments by vegans who don't know better regarding the Dalai Lama, who eats meat at his doctor's advice. Living in the south, I fortuntely don't have to contend with those forces of nature.
In terms of the activity part, I have to whole-heartedly disagree. I don't think a vegetarian diet should necessarily be coupled with "a life of contemplation/meditation." I lead a fairly active life and have not noticed any detriment to my performance since abstaining from animal products. To cite one famous example and one I hope to follow, Dave Scott is a five-time Ironman Triathlon winner and vegan. (And by following his example, I mean finishing an ironman, not winning, and certainly not winning five times.) If that's not a life of pure physical activity, I don't know what is.
But anyway, I'm not really arguing anything. After a rocky start, we seem to have come to the conclusion that we generally agree, but are opposed on certain finer points.
22 years ago
Dear Andrew,
That's great that your were a veg and I'm sorry that it didn't work out for you. I respect your position and am glad that you have worked out your diet in a way that serves your needs.
To readdress your point, I think it's a cop out to say that plant death and animal death are equal. Are you saying that we can't know how either plants or animals experience death, so we might as well eat either or both?
I choose my food based on my taste buds. I like being a vegetarian. I feel that I eat a more varied range of foods and that by eating locally grown, seasonal vegetables I am reducing my impact on the environment and helping local farmers prosper. If I had certain goals, I might consider an omnivorous diet again, but I don't see it happening.
As for what has been implied in this thread:
1) vegetarians are inconsistent in their views
Everyone is inconsistent in their views (except Peter Gragert --see the comfort care thread ). Many vegans are dogmatic because omnis are always trying to catch them at something. The point is not the inconsistency, but the need to always have to defend your diet just because it is not the norm.
2)vegetarians are malnourished
Often? I hardly think so. Maybe the teenage potato chips and coke vegetarians, but there are millions of people who thrive on vegetarian diets. Cultures / religions in which a vegetarian diet is the norm have existed for ages. Many cities boast pure vegetarian indian or chinese restaurants. These are diets based on culture, not the latest trends. Being a vegetarian has neither been hard nor expensive for me.
3)deluded into thinking that plant life is less sacred ...
I was referring here to your point about anthrocentric projections, or our vain attempts to qualify the difference between plant life (or death) and animal life. As far as trendiness, it seems as though your experiences have colored your perceptions of vegetarians.
I mean, you're judging vegetarians for choosing a diet without knowing much about nutrition, but the average joe probably knows even less. I know people who drink six cokes in one day. I'd rather be a trendy vegetarian! Most omnis eat without any thought as to how their food will affect their health, weight or well being. There are exceptions.
As for pets and meat, what is the difference? There are people who own pot-bellied pigs, and I would hope that those same people don't eat pork, but who knows? The pork chop on their plates are from different kinds of pigs after all. Why do people get so horrified when they hear of other cultures that eat dogs? It doesn't make a difference. If you're going to eat one animal, you might as well eat them all if they taste good.
Finally, I hope I haven't come off as confrontational, but I felt that some comments in this thread were patronizing, however thinly veiled. I also think that a negative experience with a vegetarian diet shouldn't lead one to believe that the diet is inherently flawed, rather it is a diet that is not right for everyone.
Vegfully yours,
22 years ago

Qualification of plant life(or death) as different from animal life is an anthrocentric projection of our limited understanding of life onto the situation.

What's your point? Does that mean we should eat humans too?
From "We hope the range of views presented here will encourage--perhaps even force--you to think for yourself and go beyond the need for reliance on any single authority in evaluating the worth and workability of a diet. "
Actually, I've already done that. I've experienced life as both an omni and a veg. On the other hand, how many omnis have tried veg diets, other than having a salad for dinner once in awhile.
This thread is barely even off the ground and we've already implied that vegetarians are inconsistent in their views, malnourished, and deluded in thinking that plant life is any less sacred than animal life. Excellent.
22 years ago
Ever since I went veg I haven't purchased any leather products. I still wear and use all the leather things I owned before changing my diet, but I haven't yet come across a situation where I HAD to buy a leather product.
As for animal testing, I don't purchase personal care products tested on animals, and I have a tendency to think that human subjects would provide far more meaningful results in scientific research. But when will that ever happen? Many drugs are given the FDA seal of approval only to be sent back to the drawing board when it is realized that the effects on animals do not always mirror the effects on humans.
It's not a perfect world, and I'm not a perfect person, but I do what I can, right?
22 years ago