Adding an on-line image to a room is a simple
When using the Object Editor, you must place a check
mark in the box next to the characteristic you want to change or your
changes will be lost.
Adding a link to an on-line web page involves the same
If you want to add an html document with several links,
you should have some knowledge of how to create web pages.
Adding an Image
There are two ways to add an image to your room. If the URL you use points
to an on-line image (i.e., ends in a .jpg or .gif extension), either method
will ensure that the image appears in the VRoma web window with the room
description below it whenever anyone enters the room or clicks on the
Look Again icon:
- Go to the room to which you wish to add an image. Using the MOO command
line, type the following, enclosing the image's URL in double quotes:
@URL here is "http://your URL"
- Invoke the Object Browser and Editor by clicking on Customize rooms
and objects in the web window. Select edit an object's basic
characteristics and then select the room name from one of the drop-down
lists (objects near you or objects you own). Then click
on Do Browse or Edit. On the editor page, scroll down to
Object's associated URL or HTML document and place a check mark in
the box. Click on URL and then type the full URL in the form (do
not use any quotes). Scroll down and click on Update
Characteristics, and the image will appear in your room when you return
to the viewer. Note that you can also change other characteristics of your room
(such as name, description, etc.) at the same time by placing a check mark in
the appropriate boxes and changing the relevant information in the forms.
Adding a Link
If you wish your room to display a link to an on-line web page rather than
an image, you can use either of the above methods to do so; simply substitute
the web page's URL for the image's URL (i.e., the URL will have no extension or
an .htm or .html extension). In this case, a visitor to your room will see in
the web window, above the room description, a simple statement with a clickable
link (e.g., "Link to web page at http://www.vroma.org/"). This
is the simplest procedure to use if you do not know how to create an html
Adding an HTML Document
If you know something about creating web pages and wish to provide
additional information and images for a room in the form of an html document
with links to web pages, we recommend the following procedure:
- Design your html document using using an ASCII text editor like Notepad or
SimpleText (if you know html code) or using software like Adobe PageMill or
Claris HomePage (which will add the html code for you). It is not necessary to
set background or text colors, since VRoma will do this for you.
- Write all links using the following formula: <A
text</A> (duplicate this exactly, substituting your URL and link
text). If you are using one of the webpage software programs, you will need to
add this formula manually. If your page contains more than one link, copy and
paste the formula, substituting the new URLs and link text.
- The most attractive designs will include an image aligned above or to the
left of the text. which can consist of a simple list of links (see the Circus
Maximus) or of a description with embedded links (see the House of Paullus
- Use your browser to preview the web page, keeping in mind that the width of
your page should not exceed approximately 450 pixels.
- After you have designed your html document to your satisfaction, save the
file on disk with an .html extension. Then select the whole file and copy it to
the clipboard. In VRoma, invoke the Object Editor as described above. On the
editor page, scroll down to Object's associated URL or HTML
document and place a check mark in the box. Click on HTML
document and then paste your document into the form. Scroll down and
click on Update Characteristics, and the html document will appear
in the VRoma web window as part of your room, above the room description.
- Changes can be made to the html document at any time by using the Object
Editor. Since the text in the html form does not word wrap, it may be easier to
go back to the file saved on your disk for other than minor changes, edit that,
then copy and paste it back into the html form within the Object Editor.
The links you use in this html document can point to web pages put on-line
by others or to additional web pages you create and put on-line yourself. When
a visitor clicks on one of the links, a small display window (400 x 400 pixels)
will be launched and the web page will appear in this window. If the web page
is larger than this size, scroll bars will appear, or the visitor can resize
the window. If you wish to design your own web pages for these links (as, for
example, the links in the Circus Maximus), keep in mind the small size of the
window; images should be no wider than 365 pixels to fit easily in the display