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Failure using ."GIF" Graphic File for Developing Web Page

by Dr. Charles Lee Vaughn / October 22, 2007 3:51 AM PDT

I'm an admitted "novice" attempting to learn HTML to create my first Web Page from instruction course. My system is Windows 98 SE on a Gateway 2000 computer; my Web Brower is Microsoft Internet Explorer. Here's my challange I have all of the HTML "tags" that leads to a fully functional Web Page!
I successfully follow chapter 2 instructions to change background colors by <BODY BGCOLOR="#CCFFCC'> (e.g. CCFFCC is computerese for light green, i'm told); UNTIL we are to specify a background image as follows:
<BODY BACKGROUND="swirlies.gif"> And instead of the blue swirlies background image appearing the Web Page (after selecting "save" and hitting the "refresh" button on the browser) -- the Web Page retuns a plain white background - the CCFFCC color light green is also taken away?? QUESTION: "What do I need to do to get my system's ".GIF" Graphic File to respond? I feel that because I'm a novice I must be doing something in error. I've tried over and over with the same results -- the GIF Graphic File will not respond! Can someone take pity and help me to resolve this problem - I don't know where else to turn because other Forums speak a "technical" language that is way over my head and they don't seem to be able to relate to a novice such as myself- Thank you!

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Your IE probably needs updated.
by Me, Myself and You / October 25, 2007 12:10 AM PDT

IE 4 and 5 are long passed, and don't display many pages as it should. Get IE 6 from MSFT, should fix your prob.

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Re: background
by Kees Bakker / October 30, 2007 6:46 AM PDT

Nothing wrong with your statement. Not even in IE 4.0.
The only thing you should be sure of is that the gif-file exists and that it is located in the same folder as the html-file that 'calls' it. If it isn't there will be no error message, but just a white background, as you noticed already.

If it's in another folder use the full filename (like c:\gifs\swirlies.gif). But that doesn't work when you copy your html to a webserver to publish it. In that case it MUST be in the same folder (or a subfolder or - anyway - something in a fixed relation to the html-file, but you must use a socalled "relative" path then). Details should be mentioned in the course.

Having it in the same folder, and just using the filename should always work. I just tried to be sure. And, practically speaking, this is by far the most likely error you made.

By the way, doesn't this book/course tell you that it's customary to write the code in lower case, not in CAPITALS?

Hope this helps. Not too technical, I hope?


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