Technopeasant strikes again, Look at the Fool

by Yule Heibel on September 5, 2003

Thanks to some reader alerts, I learned that pictures on my blog weren’t showing up on Internet Exploder in Windows. They looked fine in Mac, though, and they looked fine in Windows using Opera. But not IE. Why? Because I left out the width definition, using only height instead. I did this deliberately because it allowed the other browsers and platforms to configure the image so that it wasn’t distorted. If I put in both height & width, I never got it right and the image showed up pulled too far into width or height. (And I know there’s some rule or something that applies that I don’t know, so if you do, please share…. Not defining was a way of getting around whatever rule there is.) But IE defined width for me, as 0 (in words: zero), and that’s why the image showed up as a long vertical line. Ok, I just put in a width definition for those images I had a couple of days ago — you did see Madonna kissing, no?? — but I’m sure you’ll notice that they’re just so slightly distorted, too.

Can anyone help me out here? If I take (steal, take-away, appropriate, ooh, jargon …whatever) an image, put in a height definition, how do I know what the width should be, especially since some images are horizontal and others are vertical format?

Ok, I’m going back to listening to Tim Buckley’s Look at the Fool. How’s this for a lyric: “Making love like a skinned cat crawling ‘cross the highway….” Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!!

Aurgh, now someone put on an LP, for god’s sake: Greetings from L.A. That’s it, I’m a goner: Sweet Surrender.


Joel September 6, 2003 at 3:52 am

Don’t insult peasants. They can work wonders with their fields. It’s the stupid royalty in the castles who don’t know the difference between a hoe and a scythe.
(Proud to have peasant ancestors here.) 😉

Yule Heibel September 6, 2003 at 12:49 pm

Peasants are cool, Joel, no problem. Aren’t we all peasants anyway?

About my “using images” problem: JR wrote to say that you have to know the original size, after which you can divide h + w by the same number to get a manageable size. Problem is, I’ve been taking my images by holding the mouse down on the image in whatever page they appear in first, then dragging that into the browser window. When I load that page, I have just the image, nothing else, and then I write the HTML to bring it into my page. (As I said, “take away,” appropriate, …whatever.) JR & Joel have both mentioned Photoshop as really useful, but is there a way to continue with my crow-like scavenging — where I don’t know the original size (’cause I could have done the arithmetic if I did)? Do I have to go into the page the image originally appeared on, using “view” and “source”, to see the size? On some pages, that’s going to be like looking for a needle in a haystack….

Joel September 7, 2003 at 10:07 pm

JASC Paintshop Pro is actually a cheaper alternative.

Yule Heibel September 8, 2003 at 1:23 am

Thanks for the suggestion, Joel; I’m going to burble along by guessing the sizes for now, until I manage to cross another techno-threshhold and acquire some new program. I can be incredibly resistant to adopting some new technologies, even while embracing others early on. (If it involves a big expenditure, I usually don’t want to do it, so thanks for the pointer to a cheaper solution!)

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