I’m looking to add html text at the bottom of my web page but don’t want a huge list going miles down. I want to put the text list in 4 equal columns across the bottom, can I achieve this in one html text box or four seperate ones?
If you’re willing to point out to IE < 9 users that they are living in
the past, you can use my CSS3 Columns Action to create a multi-column
list quite automatically. The browser will magically sort the result
into as many columns as you request, and balance the number of
elements within those lists to present the shortest visual height
possible. In a fully-inline layout, the result is magical and easy to
do for you – need to add more elements? No need to go through and add
one to each column, remember to delete the appropriate one from the
column to the right, etc.
If you’re not willing to point out IE’s flaws, then try creating
separate boxes, but connect them with the Text Chain tool. Paste all
of your list text into this collection of chained boxes, select all,
and style as a list. This might work as expected.
For maximum control, draw N individual boxes, and style an individual
list within each box. But editing will be a PITA.
On Apr 14, 2011, at 11:25 AM, imagepics wrote:
I’m looking to add html text at the bottom of my web page but don’t
want a huge list going miles down. I want to put the text list in 4
equal columns across the bottom, can I achieve this in one html text
box or four seperate ones?
To see the text chain tool, first make sure that the Tools palette is
visible. Then look at the bottom of that palette. The very last
element is the chain or flow tool.
To use, select a text box where your text chain will start, and select
it with the normal pointer cursor. Then pick up the chain tool, and
click first on the starting box, then onto each succeeding box in the
chain. You will see a red chain line between the linked boxes. Freeway
(but no browser on earth) will treat these boxes as if they were one
contiguous text flow. When you publish, Freeway will simply stop
whatever content you placed in the first box at whatever line it seems
to break in the design view, and start over in the next box, etc.
These boxes are not connected in the HTML in any way, so they don’t
have the same semantic meaning as the single box with the Columns
Action applied. Remember, Freeway can very easily place the left-most
box at the end of the HTML code, the second box at the beginning, and
the middle box somewhere else – entirely out of flow with how they
appear on screen.
On Apr 14, 2011, at 12:30 PM, imagepics wrote:
Thanks Walt, Where can I get your CSS3 columns action and also,
Can’t find the text chain tool, could you point me to it? Regards
If you go here, and enter your site’s address, and press the simple
button, you can see exactly what Google “sees”, more or less. Now
realize that this is just a hierarchical view (bigger is more
important) but doesn’t also include the authority-weighting that comes
from Google’s algorithmic view of the Web and its mesh of links.
Basically, it’s not just so much that Google be able to read the alt
tags (it can) but that it also be able to infer from the outer
structure of your page just how important or relatively important
those alt tags are to the rest of your page content. If you are trying
to be authoritative for a line of text that only ever appears within
the alt text on an otherwise text-heavy page, then you probably won’t
be. If your page is pretty much entirely alt text in Google’s “eyes”,
then it’s likely not going to rank very high either.
What really gets Google excited is a nice hierarchical outline of text
content, all related to a single topic, and containing links to other
authoritative pages (as well as being linked to from other
authoritative pages). For example, if you were to google “freeway
columns seo alt text” in about a half hour, this message on Freewaytalk.net would have a good chance of reaching the first page of
On Apr 18, 2011, at 10:13 AM, imagepics wrote:
Hi Walt, do you know if I use showcase gallery, can google read
individual image alt tags for SEO? Regards. Steve