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#102909 - 05/08/03 02:52 PM acrostic poems
websafe Offline
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(The websafe palette is a set of 216 colors which are meant to look the same on PCs and Macs, thus ensuring cross-platform compatibility in Web design. It's something of a holdover from the days of 8-bit [256-color] monitors, as 24-bit displays are now standard. Also standard is the form of the English sonnet: three quatrains followed by a couplet, rhyme scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. The following differs slightly, with its scheme of AAAA BBBB CCCC DD. Alert readers will also note the acrostic formed by the first letters of each line.)
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Ode to the Websafe Palette
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Websafe palette! Heroes two-sixteen!
Entrance the multitudes with shining green!
By cathode ray, by liquid crystal's sheen
Stream forth thy avatars, on each machine!

At odds may operating systems be,
Full sore their battles rage, diversity
Estrange a billion desktop shrines -- too free,
Perhaps, this enterprise? this Babel tree?

Ah, no! the mighty palette's bridge will span
Laptops, handhelds, browsers obscure; no man
Enisled need be, though antiquarian
Tenacious, so audacious is thy plan!

Then hail! o lingua franca of Web sight!
Electronic Esperanto! Hail thy light!

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Copyright 2003 websafestudio


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#102910 - 05/08/03 03:48 PM Re: acrostic poems
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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nice, websafe!
as an amateur web designer, I am familiar with the concept. I actually like the limitations that it places upon designers, though it can be a real challenge to find just the right color combination...

welcome to the Board!

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formerly known as etaoin...

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#102911 - 05/08/03 08:53 PM Re: acrostic poems
websafe Offline
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Thank you for your kind welcome, etaoin. (I remember etaoin shrdlu, but have forgotten its origin just now.)

I agree, it can be fun and challenging to work within limitations, but the websafe palette is so darn GREEN, and a good deal of uncanny cat-eye green at that. Thus the mock-heroic, tongue-in-cheek tone of my "ode."

May I suggest, if others wish to play, the roolz to be:

1.Sonnet form, with mild variation if desired
2. Vertical acrostic formed by the theme
3. The theme to be an unexpected object of hommage




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#102912 - 05/09/03 06:11 AM Re: acrostic poems
consuelo Offline
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Loc: Caribbean
OK, musick, get to werk!


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#102913 - 05/09/03 02:21 PM Re: acrostic poems
musick Offline
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consuelo - There are only so many hours in a day...

... oh, you mean write some new ones!



Do you wanna provide websafe a link about "roolz", or should I?he-he-he...

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#102914 - 05/09/03 02:45 PM Re: acrostic poems
musick Offline
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...as 24-bit displays are now standard.

Standard for the manufacturer I'd imagine, but not for those that don't consider the *"web itself" an advertising vehicle... if you get my drift. (nothing personal, of course)

websafe - Thanks for the thread, and a hearty welcome. I wish I had more time, but I'll leave you with this one I had handy (note the date written):

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Independence

Inside understanding lies
nearness. Outside of
dearness lies an
empathy of purportion.
People evolve themselves
even as they perpetuate
need and obfuscate
desire. Imbedded desire
endears others even as it
nefariously calls beyond
culminations of a prespect
excluding distinctions of mass.

9/11/2


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#102915 - 05/09/03 03:12 PM Re: acrostic poems
websafe Offline
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Registered: 05/08/03
Posts: 48
Thank you for your welcome, musick, and for your poem! I do indeed note the date. The poem is densely packed, "chewy," and I will have to ponder it for a time.

Re your comment on 24-bit color:
Standard for the manufacturer I'd imagine, but not for those that don't consider the *"web itself" an advertising vehicle.

I'm only an amateur web designer, so if 24-bit color is not the standard, please enlighten me! Has it gone on to 32 now, or more? Or did you mean it was less? (I take "standard" to mean, what the majority of desktop-computer users currently have.)

I think I understand your phrase about the Web as an advertising vehicle ... the tone implies you DON'T think of the Web that way, and that you lament its direction. I can only agree.



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#102916 - 05/09/03 03:42 PM Re: acrostic poems
musick Offline
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Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 2658
Loc: Chicago
I'm with you on the definition of standard in this case, and although the currently manufactured software and monitors support higher resolutions which have raised the standard, 16bit with a resolution of 800x600 "seems to be" the most widespread, currently used (ie. our definition) setup...

...but I'm sure there is data that can support other *facts.... tsuwm - sjm - Capfka???


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#102917 - 05/09/03 04:18 PM Re: acrostic poems
tsuwm Offline
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I'm afraid I followed a pretty laissez-faire practice in developing my site--checked it out on Netscape, IE, AOL.. didn't worry about how it looked on a Mac or on anything other than 800x600. (Actually®, I've had little (no?) comment on the design, which as far as I'm concerned is a good thing (since there *was no "design" per se).)


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#102918 - 05/09/03 04:22 PM Re: acrostic poems
birdfeed Offline
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Registered: 11/19/02
Posts: 180
Loc: Atlanta, GA
"I remember etaoin shrdlu, but have forgotten its origin just now."

Hi, Websafe. Those are the 12 most frequently occurring letters in English. So I've always been told, but my sister says it ain't so. She memorized the whole alphabet in order of letter frequency and "e" was still number one but the rest were different from the old "etaoin shrdlu" formula. And anyway it probably depends on what kind of English you speak.


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