Signature Decoding Page

If you receive an e-mail from me or read a USENET post by me and my signature block appears something like it does in the graphic below; And, you want to see it as I intended it be viewed; And, if -- for whatever reason -- you do not want to change your mailer settings to use a mono-spaced font, then follow these simple steps:

Bill--
...who heard the modem Jimi Hendrix used was a purple Hayes.
__ _-==-=_,-.
.. William A. Parrette 9960 Butler Warren Line Rd .../--`' \_O-O.--< ---+
.. wap@parrette.net ... Cincinnati ...................`--'\ \ <___/. |
.. wap042@gmail.com ... OH 45241-3400 ................| \ \\ " / |
.. wap042@hotmail.com . 513/234-8149 .................| >=\\_/`< 42?|
.. wap042@yahoo.com.... http://wap.parrette.net/ .....+--- /= | \_/|----+
_/=== \___/

Move your mouse pointer to the upper left hand corner of the signature. Next, press and hold mouse-button-1. As you continue to hold the mouse button down, start dragging the mouse to the lower right hand corner.

Bill--
...who heard the modem Jimi Hendrix used was a purple Hayes.
__ _-==-=_,-.
.. William A. Parrette 9960 Butler Warren Line Rd .../--`' \_O-O.--< ---+
.. wap@parrette.net ...
Cincinnati ...................`--'\ \ <___/. |
.. wap042@gmail.com ... OH 45241-3400 ................| \ \\ " / |
.. wap042@hotmail.com . 513/234-8149 .................| >=\\_/`< 42?|
.. wap042@yahoo.com.... http://wap.parrette.net/ .....+--- /= | \_/|----+
_/=== \___/

As you drag the mouse across the signature, the text of the signature will become highlighted, or selected. Make sure that all of the signature characters are highlighted -- some of my signatures use one or two extra lines above or below the signature "box." If you don't get all of the characters, simply start over and try again. Then use your Edit menu to copy the highlighted text to your clipboard (P.C.s and Macs both operate in the same way here).

Bill--
...who heard the modem Jimi Hendrix used was a purple Hayes.
__ _-==-=_,-.
.. William A. Parrette 9960 Butler Warren Line Rd .../--`' \_O-O.--< ---+
.. wap@parrette.net ... Cincinnati ...................`--'\ \ <___/. |
.. wap042@gmail.com ... OH 45241-3400 ................| \ \\ " / |
.. wap042@hotmail.com . 513/234-8149 .................| >=\\_/`< 42?|
.. wap042@yahoo.com.... http://wap.parrette.net/ .....+--- /= | \_/|----+
_/=== \___/

Once the text has been copied to the clipboard, open up an editor window. It doesn't matter which one: NotePad, WordPad, TextPad, or Word on a P.C.; NotePad, SimpleText, TeachText, WorldText on a Mac ... anything, any editor at all will do as long as it has the ability to change fonts. Once the editor window opens, use the editor's edit menu and choose paste.

Bill--
...who heard the modem Jimi Hendrix used was a purple Hayes.
__ _-==-=_,-.
.. William A. Parrette 9960 Butler Warren Line Rd .../--`' \_O-O.--< ---+
.. wap@parrette.net ... Cincinnati ...................`--'\ \ <___/. |
.. wap042@gmail.com ... OH 45241-3400 ................| \ \\ " / |
.. wap042@hotmail.com . 513/234-8149 .................| >=\\_/`< 42?|
.. wap042@yahoo.com.... http://wap.parrette.net/ .....+--- /= | \_/|----+
_/=== \___/

If the text does not remain highlighted, repeat the steps in the editor window to highlight it again (or, choose the select-all command usually found in the edit menu as well).

Finally, use your font menu to choose a "mono-spaced font." Fonts such as Courier or any font with the text "terminal" or "typewriter" in it will do. With these fonts, every character is the exact same width (as opposed to "proportional" fonts which are the default for most mailers).

Bill--
...who heard the modem Jimi Hendrix used was a purple Hayes.
__  _-==-=_,-.
.. William A. Parrette  9960 Butler Warren Line Rd .../--`' \_O-O.--< ---+
.. wap@parrette.net ... Cincinnati ...................`--'\ \   <___/.   |
.. wap042@gmail.com ... OH 45241-3400 ................|    \ \\   " /    |
.. wap042@hotmail.com . 513/234-8149 .................|     >=\\_/`<  42?|
.. wap042@yahoo.com.... http://wap.parrette.net/ .....+--- /= |  \_/|----+
_/=== \___/

You may notice, as in our example here, that the "picture" still doesn't look right. To understand the problem, you have to remember one of the primary features of HTML: Unless the browser is in PREformatted text or it sees NonBreaking SPaces, it will squeeze multiple blanks and tabs down to a single blank/space character.

So, to get the "picture" of Tigger to be displayed correctly, you have to add some leading blank or space characters to the beginning of the first line under the "tag line" and the last line. And, the ASCII-Art is finally complete and viewable.

Bill--
...who heard the modem Jimi Hendrix used was a purple Hayes.
                                                       __  _-==-=_,-.
.. William A. Parrette  9960 Butler Warren Line Rd .../--`' \_O-O.--< ---+
.. wap@parrette.net ... Cincinnati ...................`--'\ \   <___/.   |
.. wap042@gmail.com ... OH 45241-3400 ................|    \ \\   " /    |
.. wap042@hotmail.com . 513/234-8149 .................|     >=\\_/`<  42?|
.. wap042@yahoo.com.... http://wap.parrette.net/ .....+--- /= |  \_/|----+
                                                         _/=== \___/
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