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FAQ: A Method for Including Images in BBS Posts
« on: 2006-07-28 12:23:01 »
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FAQ: A Method for Including Images in BBS Posts

URL: http://www.churchofvirus.org/bbs/index.php?board=31;action=display;threadid=35692

Authors: Hermit

Revision:  0.91B.

Author’s notes for revision: Inspired by an unnecessary apology from Blunderov. Unnecessary because the process as implemented in our current BBS software is unfortunately unintuitive.

Status

Draft

Abbreviated Copyright Notice
Copyright (C) The Church of Virus, 2003. All rights reserved. Unlimited distribution permitted in accordance with the terms of the Full copyright notice below.

Abstract
A guide to using only the BBS facilities to store an image to be included in a posting. Where this is not required, a simple link to the image file will suffice (see the "Link to Image in BBS Post" in the main article). Generally, the use of the procedure documented here is prefered as the resulting local storage of the image prevents broken links should the source image be deleted or moved.

Intended Audience
Advanced BBS Users

Table of Contents
    Title
    Authors
    Revision
    Author’s notes for revision
    Status
    Abbreviated Copyright Notice
    Abstract
    Intended Audience
    Table of Contents
      Using Images on the Church of Virus BBS
      What is an Image (As far as the BBS is concerned anyway).
      Resize Image
      Save Image
      Get Image Link for Later Use
      Link to Image

    Full copyright notice
    Acknowledgements
    Bibliography
    References
    Authors’ addresses


FAQ: A Method for Including Images in BBS Posts

Using Images on the Church of Virus BBS

While the CoV encourages the use of images and pictures on its BBS, we request that posters have the right to post material to the BBS and that posters understand that they are granting the CoV the limited right to distribute the images posted. Where the poster does not have this right, then the poster should be posting under the doctrine of "fair use" and as such, the posting should attribute the source.

As historic documents on our BBS may be reread or referred to in the future, it is prefered (but not absolutely necessary) that posters save a local copy of images on the BBS before linking to the local copy, as this prevents broken links should the source image be deleted or moved. It also prevents users on our BBS from imposing an unfair load on other servers as happens when links to external sites are included.

The following guide will hopefully prove useful in guiding users to make local copies of images. Should this not be desired, the use of simple image tags does allow linking to external image files (and the "Link to Image in BBS Post" infra, shows how to do this).

General assistance in BBS markup may be found at "FAQ: BBS Markup."

What is an Image (As far as the BBS is concerned anyway).

The BBS file attachment only accepts files of types: txt,jpg,gif,pdf,png,zip
A limitation of 400 kB is imposed.
The BBS "img" tag only supports jpg, gif and png files

Resize Image for BBS

If the image takes to much memory (bearing in mind the 400 kB limit) or takes to much screen real-estate (I generally suggest keeping the width of BBS images below around 6" or 600 pixels) then resize the image. If you don't have appropriate software on your computer (I strongly recommend "ImageMagick" for batch reprocessing and "The Gimp" for a full image editor. Both programs are available for at least Linux, Windows and OSX), then you may find an on-line tool such as http://www.resize2mail.com/ helpful.

In any case, save the resulting image to your computer.

Save Image to BBS

Connect to the "Test Area" on the Church of Virus BBS and select the last page of the "Just some attachments used elsewhere" thread. Press "Reply".
Add some attribution text if desired and then use the "Browse" button next to the "Attach" field below the "Message Area" to select the file on your computer that you want to post to the BBS.

Press "Post"

Get Image Link for Later Use

Select your reply (which will be the most recent (i.e. the last) on the "Just some attachments used elsewhere" thread and right click on the image you posted. Select "Properties" to see the file name or location. Highlight the filepath. It will be something like, "http://www.churchofvirus.org/bbs/attachments/somefile.ext" where somefile.ext will be the name of the file you uploaded. You want to highlight this and copy it to the clipboard.

Link to Image in BBS Post

Now use the full filepath as obtained above in your post surrounded by image tags wherever you want to insert the picture you uploaded. e.g.
Code:

[img]http://www.churchofvirus.org/bbs/attachments/somefile.ext[/img]


After you enter "Post", your message will show the image in the appropriate place in your posting.

Full Copyright Statement
Copyright (C) The Church of Virus (2003).  All Rights Reserved.
http://www.churchofvirus.com

This document and translations of it may be copied and furnished to others, and derivative works that comment on or otherwise explain it or assist in its implementation may be prepared, copied, published and distributed, in whole or in part, without restriction of any kind, provided that the Abbreviated Copyright Notice [supra] and this paragraph are included as an inseparable component of all such copies and derivative works, and that the terms of this copyright statement shall be binding on derivative works. However, this document itself may not be modified in any way, such as by removing the copyright notice or references to the Church of Virus, except as needed for the purpose of developing further Church of Virus documents or as required to translate it into languages other than English, in which case the procedures for copyrights defined by the Church of Virus from time to time must be followed.
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This document and the information contained herein is provided on an "AS IS" basis and the Church of Virus disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to any warranty that the use of the information herein will not infringe any rights or any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. You are specifically warned that study of documents produced by the Church of Virus may lead to a permanent change in your attitudes or behavior as a result of exposure to the memeplexii and component memes embedded in such documents.

Acknowledgements
Rhinoceros first developed the technique documented here

Bibliography
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References:
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Authors’ addresses: hermit@lucifer.com

Appendices
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