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Category: Other
RAM: 32
Processor: Pentium
MHz: 200
Operating System: Windows 95
Date: 11 Oct 1999

Description:

This is really not a problem but something for which I have not been able to find an answer. It has to do with Smiles and their ilk. These are apparently not Icons since I have not been able to find info about them with some searching. Occasionally I see these in E-mail and other sites. Can you direct me to a source which explains how I can implement these. Thank You.

The Answer

You are probably referring to some common internet acronyms.  When you use these acronyms, depending on the program, some will interpret them and automatically turn them in to their graphic equivalent.  Many chat board also do this.   For example if I were to type a smiling face:

:-)  a program or chat board may change it to this automatically.

You may see characters like this when someone sends you an email.  They would have just typed in the smiling face but when you received the email your email program automatically changed it to the graphic representation.

So to your question about how to use these.  All you can do is type their text equivalents and hope the program makes the change for you.

Here is a list of common Internet Acronyms:

AND .......... ANY DAY NOW
AFAIK ...... AS FAR AS I KNOW
B4N ...........BYE FOR NOW
BBS ...........BULLETIN BOARD SYSTEM
BL .............BELLY LAUGHING
BTA ..........BUT THEN AGAIN
BTDT ...............BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
BTW ................ BY THE WAY
CUL ................. SEE YOU LATER
DTP ................. DESKTOP PUBLISHING
F2F ................... FACE TO FACE
FAQ ................. FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTION
FB .................... FLAME BAIT
FLAME OFF ....OFF LIMITS FOR FLAMING
FLAME ON .... FLAME BAIT
FUD ................ FEAR, UNCERTAINTY, AND DOUBT
FWIW ............. FOR WHAT ITS WORTH
FYI ................. FOR YOUR INFORMATION
<G> ................ GRIN
GAL .............. GET A LIFE
GIGO ............ GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT
GIWIST ........ GEE, I WISH I SAID THAT
GMTA .......... GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE
IAC ............... IN ANY CASE
IC .................. I SEE
IDTT ............ I'LL DRINK TO THAT
IME .............. IN MY EXPERIENCE
IMO ............. IN MY OPINION
IMHO ......... IN MY HUMBLE OPINION
IOW ............ IN OTHER WORDS
IRL ............. IN REAL LIFE
JIC .............. JUST IN CASE
LOL ........... LAUGHING OUT LOUD
OTOH ....... ON THE OTHER HAND
::POOF:: .... I'M GONE
POV .......... POINT OF VIEW
PTB .......... POWERS THAT BE
RE ............ REGARDING
SYSOP .... SYSTEM OPERATOR
TAFN ..... THAT'S ALL FOR NOW
TIA ......... THANKS IN ADVANCE
TNTL ..... TRYING NOT TO LAUGH
WRT ...... WITH REGARD TO
:-) ........... CONVEYS FRIENDLINESS OR KIDDING
:-> ......... A SURPRISED SMILE
:-D ........ DELIGHTED SMILE
:'-) ........ TEARS OF JOY
:-} ........ SARCASTIC GRIN
:-] ........ GOOFY GRIN
:-X ...... KISS
[] ........ HUG
:-( ....... SAD
:-P ...... STICKING OUT YOUR TONGUE
%-( ..... CONFUSED AND SAD
^i^ ..... ANGEL
:-O ..... SHOCKED OR SCREAMING
>:-| ..... FROWNING
>:-< ... VERY ANGRY
:-< ..... DEJECTED
:-C .... VERY UNHAPPY
:'-( .... CRYING
:-{} ... BLABBERMOUTH WHO WON'T SHUT UP
:-\ ..... MIXED FEELINGS LEANING TOWARD HAPPY
:-/ ..... MIXED FEELINGS LEANING TOWARD SAD
:-| ...... NEUTRAL ON THE ISSUE
:-J ..... TONGUE IN CHEEK
:-@ ... SCREAMING OUT LOUD
:-$ .... PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS
'-) ..... WINKING

Problem Status: Fixed

Description:

There was no problem, but I must use this form to thank you. Your answer was most generous and I have saved the information for future reference.

 

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