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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
03/13/04: Invisible links

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From Kristine=== Dear Webby, I finally realized that not having a web page is worse than not being in the phone book, it's like having no phone. Making a business card style page was no big deal, I just saved my resume as HTML and uploaded it. That was so easy that my dumb sister's chihuahua could have done it. I made a bunch more pages and now I want some invisible links to those from the front entrance page, some links that only work if somebody has been told where they are hidden and wipes their mouse over them to see them. I know the colors for the background, text and links are set in the line, but that is for the entire page. If I set the link color to the page color, then ALL the links become invisible. How do I get around that? Kristine Dear Kristine use a paint program and capture a little block or bar of page background. Save that as link.gif. Then use that picture instead of the link text. For example: (Delete the periods after the "<, that is just so that the example code shows instead of it being a command) <.a href=page22.html><.img src=link.gif border=0><./a> And that's it. When you want to allow somebody to view page 22, then you just tell them to wipe their mouse over the spot where you got that little block hidden, and click on it when it becomes visible. If you know how to make pictures with transparent background, then you can make one with writing in page background color on transparent background, and even spell out the name of the link. The writing will be invisible until you wipe a mouse over that spot on the page, but it will become visible then, because the selecting inverts the colors. An example without the code revealing period is just below here. Wipe the mouse over it to see it. You can of course write anything you want onto that link picture. Have FUN! DearWebby
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