I wanted to put the latest updates and some statistics of my blog in one of the side columns, but hated the amount of space the text took up.
For quite a while now, I tried to find a simple way to put scrolling text in a box, often called a 'ticker', as that seemed a nice way to condense the space the information took up.
You can find several ways to do this, often involving scripts etc.., but the simpliest I found is by using a 'marquee'.
A marquee begins <marquee withsomequalifiers> and ends with </marquee>. Everything inbetween will be displayed 'in a scrolling way'
Some simple tutorials on the use of marquees, you can find in the HTML code tutorial and on HScripts.
...But it is really easy. The one I use on my page is:
style="BORDER-RIGHT: 1px solid;
BORDER-TOP: 1px solid;
BORDER-LEFT: 1px solid;
BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px solid"
This is your text<br/>
<a href="http://theroadtothehorizon.blogspot.com">Or put a URL in it!</a><br/>
but you can add whatever you want!</br>
and this is how it looks like:
As you can see, the qualifiers are simple and self-explanatory. You can basically define everything from the width, height, background colour, framesize/colour, to the direction of the text-scrolling, scrolling speed etc...
Note I used the onmouseover and onmouseout functions within the marquee definition. This is a bonus. Both functions ensure the scrolling stops if you put the mouse within the area of the marquee. I used it so that people can click on one of the URLs I defined, which refer to a shortstory.
More Blogging "Tips and Tricks", you find here.