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I could never be mistaken for a Rocket Scientist, but I do know one of that helps lol :D

My suggestion would be...That is way too complicated, why not just make an image of the line with the text on it and use that so that it can`t change? Even the most basic graphics program can handle making a line with some text in the middle of it so you wouldn`t need some expensive graphics package.

 

EDIT: I would also suspect that the fact that the introduction of the new Smileys now has images floating higher than text (like the one I just did up there) may have some connection to what happened to your signature.

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I could never be mistaken for a Rocket Scientist, but I do know one of that helps lol :D

My suggestion would be...That is way too complicated, why not just make an image of the line with the text on it and use that so that it can`t change? Even the most basic graphics program can handle making a line with some text in the middle of it so you wouldn`t need some expensive graphics package.

 

EDIT: I would also suspect that the fact that the introduction of the new Smileys now has images floating higher than text (like the one I just did up there) may have some connection to what happened to your signature.

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Why you want the red lines to be clickable? Your code includes 3 times the url of marketplace when one time is enough. You can create 2 equal red lines (no clickable) and a simple url in the middle which you can rename in Anthracite Rentals. I dont understand the reason for the clickable images in your signature.

 

Forgot to say: add <center> ....... </center> in the beginning and end of your signature if you want your images to be exactly in the middle of signature's space, although its no necessary. You don't need more html than that.

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Ahhh, thanks for the explanation of what changed. I had thought of making a single image, but I tend to rip my hair out using Paint. I'll give it a try, but I kinda like the way the text gets underlined when one hoveres one's mouse over it. I tried adding align="bottom" to the images, but it had no effect. From what I have read so far, the world of web programming is in chaos. Some things work on Tuesdays with Firefox, other things work on Wednesdays with IE. Some things used to work but no longer work. Some things might work with Lithium, others not etc. If there were a single, simple, universal standard, idiots like me might stand a chance.

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Strangely, you are having this issue today just when the new emoticons were launched and have a serious alignment problem (see this thread: http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Forums-Blogs-Answers-and/New-emoticons-today/td-p/854517/page/2).

Apparently, it looks like a global bug which Dres has put on the agenda for the CTUG today. I hope we can have some feeback tomorrow. :smileyindifferent:

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Ooh thats interesting...did ya see that? ....In Comments they line up correctly :o

 

Haha this is going to be fun when they correct the aligment, they will be too low in comments....Yet another good reason to GET RID OF COMMENTS!!!! ...I really hope that this new thing with comments always open is not the fix we have been waiting for.:(

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Are you just trying to add the red bars above and below your text?

 

<A href="https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Anthracite-Rentals/1508547" target="_blank"><IMG src="http://community.secondlife.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/20473i4C6A72153EF3A0E7/image-size/original?v=mpbl-1&px=-1"><p>Anthracite Rentals<p><IMG src="http://community.secondlife.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/20473i4C6A72153EF3A0E7/image-size/original?v=mpbl-1&px=-1"></A>

 

P.S. You went nuts with the target="_blank, huh?

ETA: Again, note the truncated HTML in my post.

ETA2: NVM. Forum reformatting upon saving it in MY sig broke it. LOL.

ETA3: This is better:

<img src="http://community.secondlife.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/20473i4C6A72153EF3A0E7/image-size/original?v=mpbl-1&px=-1"><p><a target="_blank" href="https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Anthracite-Rentals/1508547">Anthracite Rentals</a></p><p><img src="http://community.secondlife.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/20473i4C6A72153EF3A0E7/image-size/original?v=mpbl-1&px=-1"></p>

ETA4: Here is the HTML you would use with a simple horizontal rule, without relying on a graphic:

<hr color=red><p><a target="_blank" href="https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Anthracite-Rentals/1508547">Anthracite Rentals</a></p><p><hr color=red></p>

ETA5: Again, NVM. Lithium does not like the horizontal rules. I give up. LOL.

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Your signture changing and breaking over two lines could be, as Peewee said, because of changes LL made in at the same time they brought out the new emoticons. At some point the width of the content of a post changed to be narrower than it used to be. Since you use a picture, both before and after the text, of specific dimentions, when the content width changed there was not enough room to show both lines and the text on the same line.

It would be simple to fix, and make immune to this type of change, if it was allowed to specify an image as a background to an element using Cascading Style Sheets, but from my testing, this is not possible. 

The easiest way to fix this, the way it is now, is to upload a new image for the red line to the right of the text that is a few pixels shorter than the one you use now. You will have to experiment with how many pixels to remove. That should prevent the red lines and the text to break over two lines.

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Thanks for the info on CSS. I started looking into it, but decided it was too complex. I gather from what you say, it wouldn't have worked anyway, so thanks for saving me endless hours messing about. In the end, I downloaded a nifty program called Inkscape, which is very intuitive. I created a single image to replace what I had before. The side benefit of this exercise is that I finally found an intuitive graphics program that does not cost the GDP of Brazil (when I win the lottery, I'll buy CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5, but, since Inkscape is a Corel clone, I get the goddies for free).

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I had a working version of the css variant that I was about to post before, but then thought I had better test it before. When I tried it I got an 'html not allowed' message from Lithium. If I didn't include the background image selector, I didn't get the message. I suspect it is the single apostrophes that is causing problems. If anybody know how to make this work, I'd like to know.

Anyway, the new sig looks good, and works as it should, but if you're interested, here is the code for my little experiment:
<div style="width:100%; background:url('[path-to-image-for-lines]') 0 50% repeat-x;"><span style="position: relative; left: 100px; background-color: #fff; padding: 0 4px;"><a target="_blank" href="https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/49789"> Anthracite Rentals </a></span></div>
The image I used for the lines is a 3 pixel wide section I cut out of the image you use in the signature.

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If you don't want to use a graphic banner.... look up Unicode spaces and use a different Unicode space. Certain Unicode spaces are blocked for use in links, it's a web security thing. You can use these in unlinked text.

Anyway if you look around you probably can find some unicode spacing that will work (just try different ones to see what does work) also if you look at Unicode dingbat & geometric shapes codepages you can find a wide assortment of unicode blocks like this one that will include whatever symbols you need to make any sort of simple graphic lines you require.

Yes I am kinda a typography geek :matte-motes-grin:

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