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Pickingablogtitleandaddress



Bydefault,yourblogwillbehostedatBlogspot.com.Inthis

case,theblogisnamed"GoodandBadFlicks"anditsaddress

ishttp://goodandbadflicks.blogspot.com.Ifyouprefer,youcan

makethebloginvitation-only,whichmeansyougettochoose

whocanreadit.Todothis,usetheSettings Permissions

BlogReadersoptions;otherwise,everyonecanreadyourblog.

Nowthatyourblogiscreated,youcangotoGoogleDocsat

http://docs.google.comandcreateanewdocumentasusual,

includingimages,headlines,links,andmore,asshownin

Figure2-6.

Whenyou'redonecreatingthedocument,clickthe"blogsite



settings"linkinthe"Publishaswebpage"dialog.Enteryour

usernameandotherinformationexactlylikeyoudidwhenyou

signedupwithBlogger.Or,ifyou'reusinganotherbloggingtool

likeLiveJournalorWordPress[Hack#114],useyourcredentials

fromthatservice.

ConfirmbyclickingOK.Youcannowclickthe"Posttoblog"

buttonandviewtheresultonyourblog,aspicturedinFigure27!



NOTE

Incaseyouareusingyourownserverordomainfor

yourblog,youcanalsoselect"Myownserver/custom"

ontopofGoogleDocs'BlogSiteSettingsdialog,and

provideyourblog'sAPIAccessURL.MovableType,for

instance,usestheURLhttp://YOURBLOG/PATH/TO/mtxmlrpc.cgiforthis.AmoreextensivelistofAccessURLs

canbeopenedbyfollowingthelinkreading"Clickhere

foryours"inGoogle'sdialog.



BloggingamoviereviewinGoogleDocs



Thereviewisnowliveattheblog



Hack12.InsertSpecialCharactersInto

YourDocuments

FindoutaboutUnicodecharacters,andhowyoucanusethem

inyourGoogleDocsdocuments.

Therearemorelettersaroundthantheonesyouseeonthe

keyboard.Infact,therearemorekeyboardsaroundthanthe

oneyou'reusedlookingat.InGermany,forinstance,thetop

lettersrowstartswith"QWERTZ"insteadoftheEnglish

"QWERTY,"andyou'llfindthe"umlaut"characterkeysệ,ĩ,and

ontherightside.

Butwhenthecharacteryouwantisn'tonyourkeyboardatall,

youneedtolookintosoftwaretogetwhatyouneed.Chinese

users,forinstance,useIMEs(InputMethodEditors),which

allowyoutoenterbasicletters(Pinyin),whicharethen

"transliterated"intotheChinesesymbol.Googlealsooffersan

IMEoftheirownforfreedownloadat

http://tools.google.com/pinyin/.

OnMacOSX,whenyouneedtoenteraspecialcharacter,click

theinputmenu,whichisaflagiconinthemenubar(ifit'snot

visible,gotoSystemPreferences International InputMenu

andselect"Showinputmenuinmenubar")andselectShow

CharacterPalette.Youcansearchforcharactersusingthis

palette,anddouble-clickonthedesiredcharactertoinsertit.In

Windows,youcanseethischaractertablebygoingtoStart

Programs Accessories SystemTools CharacterMap.You

canswitchtodifferentgroupsinthislist,andcopyanyletterto

thenpasteitintoyourdocument.



NOTE

OnWindows,youcanalsotypespecialcharactersin

GoogleDocs,oranyothertexteditor,byholdingdown

theAlt-keyonyourkeyboardandpressinganumber

combinationonyournumpad;Alt-0169resultsinâ,



andAlt-0165resultsinƠ.

Toaccommodateallthespecialcharactersacrosslanguages,

andtomakesurethattheletteryoutypedisalsoseenthe

samewayonthereceivingend,theUnicodeConsortium(a

nonprofitmadeupofrepresentativesfromthecomputer

industry,academia,andcommunity)createdtheUnicode

characterlistingintheearly1990s,andmanyprogramstoday

usetheaccompanyingUnicodeTransformationFormat(UTF)for

texttransfer.

GoogleDocsalsohasanativeUnicodecharacterlistforyouto

pickfrom.PickInsert "Specialcharacters"fromtheeditor

menu.AdialogliketheoneshowninFigure2-8willappear.

Youcanselectanycharacterfromthedialogtopasteitinto

yourdocument,oryoucanswitchtooneoftheothergroups

"Asiancharacters,""Wingdings"(visibleonlyonInternet

ExploreronWindows,atleastamongthebrowserswetested),

and"Advanced"formore.Wingdingsisafont,originally

createdbyMicrosoft,madeupofsymbolslikeatelephoneora

mailbox.Andtheadvanceddialoggivesyoutheoptionto

chooseanyUnicodecharacteryoulike.Thenumber8634

resultsinacirculararrow .Thehexadecimalnumber0x2665

showsaheart .Thenumber9835showsanote ,and9730an

umbrella .Typingthehexadecimalvalue0x2603,ontheother

hand,andincreasingthefontsizequiteabit,resultsinthe

following:





TheGoogleDocstexteditoroffersyoualistofspecial

characterstopickfrom



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