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1  Organization and General Discussions / Announcements and Web Design / HTML on: 08 November 2005, 18:20:00
I would recommend starting with your master frameset (http://www.santharia.com/startup_new/mainframe.htm).  Place the tag I gave you earlier:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">

before your opening <HTML> tag to dictate which HTML encoding to use.  Then, place the following tag into your <HEAD></HEAD> section:

<META HTTP-EQUIV="content-type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">

to override any previous charset instructions the end-user’s browser may have cached.  (This is the tag Silfer gave you.)  That will carry over into your individual pages.  It’s not any one page that has issues.  What happens, is that most foreign Web sites have a language descriptor in them.  For instance, Japanese sites tend to use this one a lot:

<META HTTP-EQUIV="content-type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=Shift_JIS">

Once someone has been to a site using a descriptor such as this, the browser will continue to use that character set until another page gives it new instructions.  When I first turn my computer on in the morning, the site looks great.  It’s after my wife or I have been to a Japanese Web site and then I come back to Santharia that everything gets changed.  I think most folks will pass through the that URL.  There’s no need to change each page, but you might want to consider building these tags into your templates.

I hope this helps!

2  Organization and General Discussions / Announcements and Web Design / HTML on: 08 November 2005, 16:04:00
Greetings Artimidor,
   The following tag can be placed before the opening <HTML> tag of each page:

   <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">

I hope this helps.  Nice to meet you, by the way!  You’ve quite a project on your hands here.  Congratulations on keeping it all together.  I’ll bet you never thought it would get this big.


3  Organization and General Discussions / Announcements and Web Design / umm...off subject. :-) on: 08 November 2005, 07:27:00
Hello, Talia.

My wife is from the Fukuoka Prefecture.  I hope it was acceptable to post here.  I just thought I might be of help.  Thanks for the helpful comments earlier on the other board.

4  Organization and General Discussions / Announcements and Web Design / Kanji and Katakana at Santharia.com on: 08 November 2005, 05:54:00
I’d like to humbly offer up a suggestion to those submitting HTML documents, if I may.  You might want to list English as the character set in your source code.  I looked at your code in several spots where I had issues and came to the conclusion that your WYSIWYG (Front Page 5.0 it would seem) is not automatically placing them in for you.  My computer is set up to accept and automatically switch between the various Asian character sets as dictated by the page to be displayed.  (My wife is Japanese.)  In several spots throughout the site, wherever apostrophes and various accent marks are in use, my computer displays Kanji and Katakana characters instead.  My wife’s laptop is natively Japanese and displays the same way when viewing your site.  I apologize if someone else has already brought this to your attention.  I’m a newbie and am just finding the magic that is this community.  Thanks for providing such a wonderful environment to immerse myself in!


PS  I did install all the available fonts you provided for download.

5  Organization and General Discussions / Announcements and Web Design / site issues on: 09 November 2005, 04:27:00
You've got your hands full, I see.  I've a rather large amount of disk space available for your use, should you choose.  You'd have telnet and ftp access, of course.  MySQL is readily available and I'm running all the latest PHP updates.  Just say the word, and its yours.  I appreciate what you are doing for us.  Good luck with the battle!

6  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Comfortable in the Northeast Tower on: 10 November 2005, 06:39:00
*Quite comfortable in his new surroundings in the Northeast Tower (Thank you, Bard Judith.), Rendragon wonders at the invitation to apprentice under the Aeruillin Queen, herself, Artemis.  What luck!*

Thank you, Artemis for the opportunity to be your apprentice!  You are right.  The whole thing is very exciting, indeed!

I shall go over the material you have, so kindly, put before me.  Just so that you are aware, I shall be dumping my “local” account and creating a new one.  I’m hoping this fixes my forum issues, for one, and I would like to subscribe as a “gold” member so that my ramblings cease to cost any bandwidth.  I doubt that it will let me continue as Rendragon, so don’t be surprised if I come back as “Grevarius Rendragon.”  (If this name is inappropriate or undesirable in any way, someone please stop me now.)  I also mention this so that Artimidor does not attach the “Apprentice” mantel to this user.  Gods know he has enough to deal with as of late.

Thank you again, everyone who has welcomed me here.  My heart and soul have a creative bounce to them that has not been this strong in quite some time.  I look forward to calling Caelereth my home, and Artemis my mentor.


7  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / More antics from the blundering newbie. on: 08 November 2005, 16:37:00
Thanks for the link Artimidor.  I verified my security settings in general and added santharia.com to my “safe” list.  Nothing changed.  I think it’s because I have a “local” account.  That’s just a guess, because there’s also nowhere to upload an avatar or add signatures, that I can find.  I should be happy that I could post at all!  I’m trying to formulate a name, at the moment, and then I’ll make a new profile that’s a bit more “global.”  Thanks, all of you, for your patience as I blunder my way through all this.

*Looks wistfully into the bottle of Artwine that Gean gave him and tries to think of his name.*

Good stuff!

8  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Umm…how do you edit? on: 08 November 2005, 09:31:00
I’m guessing I left the radio button set for ezCodes, whatever that is.  I don’t see an option to edit your own posts once they’ve been posted.  Any ideas?  Sorry everything’s garbled.

9  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Gray Hairs (Tiny badges of wisdom, each and every one.) on: 08 November 2005, 09:20:00
In response to the twenty-seven year question, my father was a Combat Engineer, eventually to become a Nuclear Power Engineer, for the United States Army.  The military regularly employed the use of board games, believe it or not, by such companies such as SSI, etc..  This, for my father, led to an interest in a company called Tactical Studies Rules.  This company eventually released a boxed set of three, small, brown books that utilized six-sided dice and would eventually become Dungeons and Dragons.  It was a limited version of Dungeons and Dragons compared to what we have now.  (The classes, as I recall, were something like Fighter, Magic-User, Thief, Elf, and Dwarf.  A newsletter subscription came out with the books that detailed the Ranger Class, and that was cool.)  My father lost interest quickly and gave the books to me.  Miniatures were more his game and he kept up with that.  I would say that was somewhere around 1978.  I was four or five years old.  I was reading very early.  My father would humour me with the game, but I mostly just read and re-read, doing my best to act out battles as I thought they should be done.  Bigger books with better pictures came soon thereafter and I¡¦m not ashamed to say that I still play as an adult, though paper-based gamers are getting harder and harder to find.  My real delight is in the creation of fantasy worlds.  I¡¦ve been working on a series of three novels since about 1992 that sort of brings all my ideas together in one place.  I suffer from the opposite of writer¡¦s block, however, so I just can¡¦t seem to quit writing.  What I really have is a mess.
        Just for the record, I¡¦ve played a myriad of other games besides Dungeons and Dragons.  My favorite System is one that hardly took off at all and that most folks have never heard of.  It¡¦s called ¡§ARIA: Canticle of the Monomyth.¡¨  I felt strongly enough about the product that I inquired about its rights when Wizards of the Coast took over the company which published it, ¡§Last Unicorn Games,¡¨ in pursuit of a Star Trek line it had the rights to at the time.  I think it was Babylon 5 or some such nonsense and Wizards wanted it for its trading card game line.  I couldn¡¦t illicit a response from anyone important, and the few people I actually reached had never heard of it.  Off topic.  Sorry.  ƒ¼
        Anyway, that¡¦s the gist of it.  The important thing is that the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, and C.S. Lewis found their way into my heart and soul and never left.  I now retire my soap box and shall point my nose toward the Rahaz-Dath and see what that¡¦s all about.
        Thanks for the advice regarding EZBoard.  I¡¦ll wait a bit so that I might contemplate the thought of my name.  I really cannot thank you all enough.  I truly am very excited about all of this.  I imagine you¡¦ll be hearing from my wife soon enough, by the way, as she has said she might be interested in contributing some artwork.  We actually linked into this site originally from Elfwood.  The attention to detail here is amazing.  I can¡¦t wait to get started!

10  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Still reading... on: 08 November 2005, 06:24:00
*Closes a dusty tome and sets it down with a sigh of relief.*

You know; it’s a good thing I stopped to listen to you folks.  I was about to traipse off into Aeruillin without a care in the world until you ladies stepped in to intervene.  There are Dune Sharks down there large enough to eat a man, stuff him through a digestive tube, and then deposit him out the other end as little more than a bunch of bone shards, teeth, and noxious gas!  I think that goes to show that a good bit of studying truly is in order.  I’ve also learned that I have already made another blunder, perhaps even more grave.  When I signed up for the Developers Forum, I did not create a “global” account with EZBoards.  I had no interest in joining anything outside the Santharia Web site.  Now, I’ve tried to create a Character on the role-playing board and was unceremoniously denied.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, once again, to those of you who have gone out of your way to welcome me here.  Elendilwyn, in particular, I’ve a feeling that no one need travel alone when experiencing all that is the dream of Ava.  I’m confident that inspiration awaits the both of us around every corner.  I’m anxious to see what you shall contribute!

*Tentatively opens another book and welcomes the knowledge within.  Rendragon wonders, not for the first time, how the bindings of a book can set one free.*

11  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Humbled in the presence of mentors. on: 07 November 2005, 16:23:00
*bows to the Aeruillin Queen and to her voluntary follower, Miss Talia Sturmwind.*

Thank you so much, everyone, for the warm welcome.  The Kao-kao fruit balls and Artwine have proven just the thing to revive my travel-warn self upon my arrival in this wondrous land of yours.  Gean Firefeet, your hospitality is a site for sore eyes.  My hearth is yours, whenever you’re in need.

I completely understand the interests in keeping Aeruillin’s mysteries, well…, mysteries.  Sage advice from creator’s who wish well for Caelereth and its development.  I’m sure there are many nooks and crannies amongst the “known” world that should be fun to explore.  Please don’t be offended, however, if I venture just close enough to the great deserts to see the moon turn the sands to silver and listen for the tales brought forth with the winds.  Oh, there is something alluring that calls from the South, but I shall wait patiently for the chance to see it through your eyes as its secrets become known.

Perhaps it would help with my immersion into the development community if I provided my “to do” list, thus far:

1. Create an interesting, older, male character with a penchant for travel and all things unknown.
2. Set up shop in a popular town where I might have the opportunity to meet some of the more notable characters of Caelereth and keep my ears to the ground, so to speak, for mysterious goings on of the world.
3. Begin thoroughly documenting adventures into unknown (or at least little known) places in the form of fiction.  Caelereth has me itching to write tales of fantasy to supplement the historical knowledge base that already exists.

To all of you mentors out there, I realize that you do not know me as of yet, and have no reason to trust my work.  So, I shall start out very small and hope that one or more of you might monitor my progress in these efforts.  For instance, once a character has been established, perhaps you could even “commission” an adventure to a certain place of your choice just to see how it turns out.  You might, then, be able to guide me in a direction that suits most comfortably the goals of the Dream.

At any rate, thanks once again for the welcome into your community.  I can’t tell you how happy I was just to see responses to my post so quickly.  I am, eternally, your pen for hire.

Thank You!

12  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Didn't mean to confuse anyone. on: 06 November 2005, 23:54:00
Sorry for the confusion.  I read the introduction and it said to introduce myself, describe any areas of interest within Caelereth, and list any skills I have which may be of use.  Hence the entry.  I apologize if I've done this in the wrong place.  I'm just a bit excited to find a project such as this and am eager to participate.

Thanks in advance for any help getting started.

13  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / From the outside, looking in. on: 06 November 2005, 15:57:00
Greetings to all you creative folks here at the Santharian Dream,

        I stumbled upon this project entirely by accident while browsing the net for fantasy art.  I must say, I’m truly impressed by the wealth of information that has been created here.  In its own way, the Santharian Dream reminds me of the Thieves’ World project from more years ago than I care to recall.  I was impressed with the way those authors came together, and I am impressed with the way so many have come together to create this world.  Well Met, indeed!
        My name is Daniel L. Black.  I’m an aspiring author with a passion for all things fantastic.  (I’ve been aspiring for many years, now.  I’m still not published.)  The mundane world finds me working at a resort in Hawaii as a Night Auditor/Revenue Manager/Customer Service Representative/What Ever Else You Got.  I am thankfully married to a wonderful artist who delights in the fantasy genre every bit as much as I do.  I have a history of getting lost within one fantasy world or another and not coming out for years.  Each one has left its mark and now I find myself on your doorstep.
        As far as “skills” go, the ones that might be of use here are my writing, role-playing experience (about twenty-seven years worth), and a fair knowledge of HTML and other Web-based scripting languages.  After perusing the materials here on the Web site (I’ve a feeling I’ve only scraped the surface after three days of frequent visits.) I find myself compelled to delve into the area known as Aeruillin.  The desert would seem to hold mysteries yet to be discovered.  I would like to prepare an expedition into the South and thoroughly document its passage.  I plan to tread lightly, so I hope folks will be kind enough to point out any conflicts my work may have with another creative soul’s.
        If the Powers That Be deem me worthy to put pen to paper towards the development of the Santharian Dream, I shall be honored and pursue its success endlessly.  I shall watch this forum for some response in these matters.

Many Thanks,

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