Javascript And The Texas Folklore Society

 I'd stay away from those if possible. Many of them don't work on all browsers. You can waste a lot of time. It's easier and more dependable to use GoLive. If you search the archives you'll get a lot of griping about GoLive's bloated javacript. Pay no attention. This code works in the majority of browsers ... all of the popular and recent ones that I have tried it in. It takes more lines of code to do that. It's like a lot of other things. You can be pure or you can be pragmatic, take your pick. As for me, I learned my lesson long ago.

I remember in the late 50's when I ran around with the Texas Folklore Society, a bunch of folk song purists. We had John and Alan Lomax, the father and son who discovered Leadbelly and got him out of the Sugarland prison. They had written the definitive books on American Folk Songs. We had a bunch of other folk song experts. We lived it. Some of us were pretty good singers, too. The Lomaxes could sing about as good as a crow, but they sure knew a lot about folk music. A couple of the guys discovered Lightnin' Hopkins playing a steel string with a jack knife for a pick, on the street in downtown Houston. He was a down on his luck blues great. He was pretty well known around the small clubs in Houston but I think that was about it. The Lomaxes put on a concert for him at the University of Texas, where John Lomax the younger performed "Take Dis Hammah" while chopping a large log with an axe. Not a sledge hammer on a railroad spike, an axe on a log. It was one of the funniest things I ever saw. There were chips of wood flying off the stage into the first several rows of audience. You gotta understand that John was white, to get the full flavor of the thing..

Anyway, they introduced Lightnin' to Folkways Records, and he was on his way. They seemed to have a magic touch with that kind of thing. It was Leadbelly all over. Last I heard, he had cut some records and had a rather wide cult following. Frankly I never thought much of the sounds that came out of Lightnin', it wasn't my kind of music. But he was certainly Folk. He Had Paid His Dues. Anyway, along about the end of the '50's or beginning of the '60's, a new group showed up on the radio, with a new, snazzier way of performing folk music. The House Unamerican Activities Commission had done away with Pete Seegar and the Weavers. It was even dangerous to be affiliated with Pete in those says, although he was secretly a member of the group. When we tried to put on a concert for him in the public library in Dallas, we got several bomb threats, and the library cancelled us. But that's another story. Anyway, a couple of guys and a girl with long blonde hair showed up. They were also fans of the Weavers, but ehey were
*P*o*p*u*l*a*r* and they were !!!COMMERCIAL!!! At least they were commercially successful. It galled us. They were good, but they were not "US". They even wrote their own folk songs, for god's sakes. It was insulting to our pure ethnic folk souls. They were ruining folk music. You should have heard the complaints. One of their songs was about some stupid "magic dragon". I mean, gee whiz, can you imagine? We were sure they would soon be forgotten, but it was us purists who were forgotten.

Uh ... where was I? Oh ...

Fireworks has a cookie cutter popup menu action that might suit your needs. But you can be more creative with the GoLive actions . You can do just about anything you want with these tools and the results will be your own unique look.

Oh ... one more thing ... if you slice an image for a border as above, be sure and use the control columns and rows around the table, or you could run into trouble with the thing resizing for you and never matching up again. Also, for sizing the border images, so you can expand for more menu items without re-doing your sliced image, set your side images to 100% and align top. Then, switch back to pixels and leave it there. NN6 is too dumb to read image % and won't display them, so you have got to fool it. It is also too stupid to realize it has been fooled so this works.

You can also put a towel over your head. That works, too, but only for you. Everybody else will need his own towel.