Back Ground in a Cell

Posted on 1998-06-02
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
I'm trying to design a banner for a webring. I would like to know how I make it so that the banner has a different back ground than the sites back ground.If you wish to view the banner so far, go to
Also please let me know if I can have different colors with in each box in the banner. How do I write or what code do I add to do this? Thanx a bunch.
 Here's the HTML so far for the banner.

<!----------END OF LONE WOLF'S DIRT TRACK WEB RING--------------->
<!--------------------STOP TABLE CUT HERE------------------------>

<TH><FONT SIZE=+0><FONT COLOR="#000000">Asphalt is for getting there. Dirt is for Racin'. </FONT> </FONT></TH>

<TH><FONT SIZE=-1><FONT COLOR="#FF0000">This <A HREF="" target="_top">Lone
Wolf's Dirt Trackin'</A> site is owned by
<A HREF="mailto:SITE_OWNER_EMAIL">Your_Name_Here</A>. </FONT></FONT></TH>

<A HREF="" target="_top"><IMG SRC="" HEIGHT=125 WIDTH=200 ALIGN=LEFT></A>

<FONT SIZE=-1><A HREF=";id=_SITE_ID_HERE_;next" target="_top">

<TH><FONT SIZE=-1><FONT COLOR="#FF0000">Want to join the <A HREF="" target="_top">Lone
Wolf's Dirt Trackin'</A>? </FONT> </FONT> </TH>

<TH><FONT SIZE=-1><FONT COLOR="#FF0000">The thrill of speed will eventually overcome the fear
of death ! </FONT></FONT></TH>


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ID: 1844041
I was unable to follow the URL that you left, excel gave me an error.  However, if all you want to do is set a different background color in a table cell then:
<TD bgColor=Blue><font color=white>This is blue back with white text</td> woud give you the type of thing that you want.


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ID: 1844043
I agree that the TD is more to spec than TH although having looked at source for Netscape and tested MSIE and NN it seems that the only realy difference is the font.  I also agree that good coding says used TD for Data and TH for headings.  I also agree that the color can be specified in the <TABLE tag.  

As to which browsers it works with.  We develop code and I know that it works with NN and MSIE 3 &4 but who knows with anything earlier.


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ID: 1844044
Great,but where do I insert the "Code Border=0"
Thanx a bunch
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ID: 1844045
I would also like to know what colors I can use for backgrounds and is it possible to use a jpg type back ground?

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ID: 1844047
I use notepad and write everything by hand. I had hoped that doing it this way would either help me to learn or force me to learn. I have a tendency to do everything the hard way. I have been running a very successful ring for about a year now.It's probably a very simple one, none-the-less it works well. I rely on a lot of help from the good people on here to help me out. I don't have any close buddies that are into this stuff so I find myself doing these types of things on my own. And with a limited amount of time to play with this stuff I get frustrated and ask alot of simple dumb questions on here. I got my first taste of html with netscape 3.0 gold. Where do I find WYSIWYG and is it free. I have a very low budget for this stuff.Oh, by the way, you didn't answer my question abot whether or not I can use jpg type images as backgrounds. Thanx for being patient with me.

Expert Comment

ID: 1844048
The best way (if you like it the hard way) to edit HTML pages is a text based editor like notepad. WYSIWYG is much easier though, but you never get clean code. They all produce huge codes and your file is much larger than it has to be - like that typical font construction:
<FONT SIZE=+0><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT FACE="Arial,Helvetica">...</FONT></FONT></FONT>

You can do it all in one tag like

<FONT SIZE=+0 COLOR="#000000" FACE="Arial,Helvetica">...</FONT>

If you got a table with lots of cells (and you have to specify the font tag in EVERY cell) this can save a lot of bytes to download when viewing you page.

Author Comment

ID: 1844050
Ok, sounds like good advice.One last question. What can you tell me about these transparent images. I understand that you can have a image that has a transparent background. I use IPPLUS for image alterations. I don't see anything about transparencies in this package. Do I need a specific software package for this?

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