Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Viewing those file extensions on Windows

I'm clearly not a Windows user. Still, don't laugh. I can never remember how to view extensions, and I just don't trust Windows to put the extensions that I want on my files. I've just upgraded to Windows XP and while I thought this might be a help to some of you, I know I'll come back to it another day when once again I can't see those dumb things.

Why might you want to view your file extensions? Well, sometimes Windows programs add their own extensions to your files. If you think you're creating an html file with the extension .html but Windows (or WordPad, or whatever) is actually creating a file called "example.html.txt" it just won't work the same way in your browser. In fact, it won't work at all.

To view your file extensions in Windows XP
1. Click on the Start menu and choose Control Panel.
2. If you're looking at Categories, click on Appearances and Themes. If you're already looking at the individual control panels, click on Folder Options.
3. Those of you who clicked Appearances and Themes in the previous step should now see the Folder Options control panel. Click it.
4. Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window.
5. Finally, uncheck the box next to Hide extensions for known file types.

screenshot of Folder Options window with option unchecked
6. Click OK to close the box and now when you go to the Desktop, you'll be able to see if you've got the right extension going.

Now I remember why I can never find that rather hidden option.

Hope this was helpful.

A new blog

Well, I've started using Blogger to create my news blog in an attempt to keep it more up to date. Going back over previous entries, I see that I didn't even announce my two last books:

Publishing a Blog with Blogger: Visual QuickProject Guide


Creating a Photo Book and Slideshow with iPhoto 5: Visual QuickProject Guide

You can find excerpts, tables of contents, indices, and reviews on their respective sites.

Friday, August 27, 2004

New Review of New Book!

Call me an egomaniac, but I love finding new reviews of recent projects.

Jeffrey Zeldman recently reviewed my new HTML book (Creating Web Pages with HTML - Visual QuickProject Guide) on his site and says "Elizabeth Castro teaches beginners web design basics the right way".

Virginia deBolt, on her Web Teacher site review, says "If the books [in the new QuickProject series] are all this good, Peachpit Press has another hit series going."

If you see a review of any of my books, I'd love to hear about it. I'll list them on the Opinions page.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

New HTML Project Book Published

I am thrilled to announce the publication of my brand new Creating Web Pages with HTML: Visual QuickProject Guide. Whereas my bestselling HTML VQS is a very complete reference to everything HTML and CSS, this new book is more of a tutorial, guiding the reader step-by-step through a specific project: the creation of a beautiful web site.

And while this book doesn't treat the reader like an idiot (or call them one), it does keep technical jargon to an absolute minimum. It is a book designed for someone who wants to write their own standards-based HTML code--perhaps to avoid the cost and learning curve of Web page software or to maintain complete control over the web page's appearance--but has little interest in becoming an HTML professional.

This is the book that a Web professional would feel happy suggesting to a friend or parent.

I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, January 11, 2003

New Extras

I've added a few (promised) resource sections: events, hexadecimal chart, and tools. These already existed in the book (5th edition) but now they have a Web counterpart.

Note that the hexadecimal chart is a 16 column affair, comprised of 8 pairs of number/hex columns. The col element makes it quite simple to style alternate pairs so that the columns stand out and the data is much easier to read. Unfortunately, Netscape 6 (haven't checked 7 yet) does not support styling col elements so I've included the elegant table only as an alternative to the locally formatted, bgcolor bloated (though otherwise useful) hex chart.

Any other resources you'd find useful?

Friday, November 15, 2002


The honeymoon's over, alas. There are a few errata to report.

If you find any, please let me know.

Sunday, November 10, 2002

Cross-browser standards-based objects!

A List Apart has a great new article by Drew McLellan detailing how to add Flash animations to Web pages for most major browsers with just the OBJECT tag (and no EMBED), thus sticking to standards.

Those who've seen the new 5th edition of my HTML book will note (in the Multimedia chapter) that I lamented the whole OBJECT/EMBED situation. In short, only OBJECT is valid XHTML. Current browsers support OBJECT except that IEWin insists on adding a proprietary ActiveX control which trips up most other browsers. So you're forced to use the non-standard EMBED tag in order to get the thing to work cross-browser/cross-platform.

I haven't yet fiddled around with the examples, but I'm encouraged by the promised results.

Friday, October 11, 2002

New Reviews of 5th Edition

Very psyched. People have started to review the new Fifth Edition of my HTML book. And they like it!!