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Creating User Account, Web Form, Text Box, Display Name

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Creating a User Account  
A user account for creating blogs on blogger is nothing but a google account. If you do not have a user account you can start creating one by clicking the "Create your blog now" link towards the lower end of the home page.

In this process, a web page containing the form for creating a google account is displayed.

This is the basic information that you have to submit for using the blogger services.

All the fields on this page are required to be filled. If you submit the page leaving any of the fields blank, the web server would return the page with an error message indicating the same.

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Explanation for the Fields that you fill  

• Email ID [Beta Version]

This is an existing email id of yours (not necessarily GMail id) that is functional. In a google account the email address itself is the user id. If you are not specifying any other email address in your profile information, the blogger program uses this email id as the email address in all its communications with you.

You cannot change this email id that you use as your user id. However, you may choose another email address for being shown to outsiders and other communications received from blogger.

• Password

Password is to restrict access to others. Even if someone comes to know of your user name they may not be able to log in to your account because they need to know the password associated with your user name to log in to your account.

A password is made up of characters, numbers and special symbols like @,# etc. It can be anywhere between 6 to 50 characters long. Set the password so as not to be guessed by others. Use a combination of characters and numbers to make it tough to guess (hey, not by you but by others... inevitably it should be capable of being remembered easily by you)

Why enter a password twice

Password is the key to your account. While entering the password, the characters that you enter are hidden by displaying * or • in place of each character. This is to protect your password from people who may be around you and can see it when you are keying/typing it in.

Take a typical case of your entering a word "running1" as the password. You have entered "runiing1" by mistake. Because the characters are displayed as "*******" you will not be able to ensure that what you keyed in and what you intended were the same. To help you out of such situations, the password is asked to be entered a second time. This time you would enter "running1". When you submit this information, an error message would be displayed thereby enabling you to rectify the mistake.

Unless you are a genius at committing mistakes, you can't expect to commit the same mistake the second time.

• Display Name

This is the name that would be displayed to the outside world, on your profile pages as well as postings. Generally pen names, pet names or actual name is used here. You may change this later on.

You can also use text in any other language for your display name.

• Accepting Terms

Check the box to the left of the label "I accept the Terms of Service" to indicate your acceptance of bloggers "terms of service.

Web Form  
A "Web Form" is an invisible web page element. It is made up a set of controls (components), which enable the user to submit data to the website (web server). "Text box", "Option buttons", "Check boxes", "drop down list box", "list box", "Text Area", "label" "submit button", etc, are the controls that we generally see within a form on web pages. A command button or a web link that we click to submit the information that we fill is also a component (control) of the form

In the above web page you can see four types of controls. Some text boxes, Labels, a Check Box and a "Submit" link ["Continue"]. Though technically labels are also components of the form, they do not have any function other than letting us know the names and purposes of other components.

• Navigating between controls of web form

Navigation should be understood as the movement of the cursor. You can move to any control within a form, using the mouse by just clicking on/in that. [Say, to move to a text box just click in the text box].

You can also move between the controls using the "TAB" key on the key board. As you keep pressing the "TAB" key, you can notice the cursor moving between the controls in a particular order. Hold the Shift key and keep pressing the TAB key to reverse the order of navigation.

• z - index

Each control within a form has an attribute by name z - index with an unique integral value assigned to it. No two controls on the form have the same number as its z - index value. The order in which the cursor/selector moves as you keep pressing the "TAB" key is decided by the z-index value. [From a control to another control with the next higher z-index number when you press "TAB" key and to a control with the next lower z-index number when you press SHIFT + TAB key.

Check Box

The small square box with a message beside it is called a "check box". This is also a control that is used to submit information to the web server. However the information that we pass to the web server using this control takes only two forms either a YES or NO. Placing a tick mark in the box is called checking and removing the tick mark is called clearing it.

Using the mouse, click on the box to check it and when it is checked click again to clear it.

For checking/clearing using the keyboard, ensure that the checkbox is selected [when the check box is selected you can notice a dotted border around it] by moving to it using the TAB key [You can move between the various controls of a web form by pressing the TAB key].

When the check box is selected, press the space bar (no not the ENTER key) to check it. Press the space bar again to clear it.

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Text Box » Navigate, Select, Edit Text  

• Text Box

The boxes with only one row and which enable you to enter text are called "text boxes". You can enter a single line/row of text in this.

• Label

The words to the left of the boxes which help you to identify what is to be filled in the boxes are called "labels". Labels are just identifiers of various components on the web page. They have no other purpose

Navigate, Select, Edit text within the Text Box

• Using the Mouse

• Navigation Options

You can move to any point within the text box by just clicking at that point.

• Selection Options

To select a word, point at the word and double click.
To select the total content (line/row) in the text box, point at the text box and triple click.

• Editing Options

• Using the Keyboard

The above functions can be achieved using the keyboard. When the cursor is within a text box you can use the following options to navigate, select and edit text.

• Navigation Options

To Move from the current location Press
» To the beginning of the next character
» To the end of the previous character
» To the beginning of the next word Ctrl +
» To the beginning of the previous word Ctrl +
» To the beginning of the line/text box HOME key
» To the end of the line/text box END key

• Selection Options

To Select text from the current location Press
» To the beginning of the next character Shift +
» To the end of the previous character Shift +
» To the beginning of the next word Shift + Ctrl +
» To the beginning of the previous word Shift + Ctrl +
» To the beginning of the line/text box Shift + HOME key
» To the end of the line/text box Shift + END key

• Editing Options

To Press
• Copy the Selected Text to the Clipboard Ctrl + C
• Cut the Selected Text to the Clipboard Ctrl + X
• Paste the text on the Clipboard at the cursor location Ctrl + V
• Delete a Character to the right of the cursor Del Key
• Delete a character to the left of the cursor Back Space key

Changing the Display Name Subsequently  

You can change the display name from within your profile pages at any time in the future. The display name relates to all the blogs within your user account. You cannot select it independently for each blog.

If you are logged in at the time the blog is in display, you will find icons to enable you to change settings on the blog page itself. You can also use that link to bring up a profile change page.

In all cases you should not forget saving the changes made.

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On submitting the web form filled with details for obtaining a google account (Or a user account) and if the information you submitted is proper and the user name you have chosen has not been allotted to anyone else, the program on would send you a page to enable creating a new blog. Receiving this page is an indication that a google account (user account) with the details you submitted has been created.

If you close the web pages at this stage without creating your first blog, it would amount to your creating just a user account. In such a case, your first blog has not been created.

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