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"eBay and the eBay Logo are trademarks of eBay Inc." Creating a description for your auction.

Before I get to where you really want to be, let me briefly point out the differences between the Text View tab and the Preview Tab. The Text View tab is really there for the geeks among us who want to have the ultimate in control over how things should look. Oh, and also it's there for those who wish to create their own templates or just want to learn Html. Any text entered on this screen will be interpreted as html on the next screen, the Preview Screen.

You are under no obligation to ever look at the Text View tab if you don't want to. Everything you need or want can be handled on the Preview screen. However, if you already have a nice template, you may wish to check out the help screen (press F1 while there) and see how to add some tags to your modifiable sections to make it easy to customize for each listing. There is a button, "GetHtml", which will load any files you want to the Text View screen (or use cut and paste) and allow you to save them in your database as templates. Just type in the name you want and click on "SaveHtml".

Screen shot showing the Text view tab with the Template drop-down box selected.

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Anybody wanting more information on the Text View screen can go here.

For now, we'll move on to the Preview tab and see how easy it is to add our data.

Ok here's where Descriptions are put together.

Screen shot showing the Preview tab with one of the standard templates selected.

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Right-clicking anywhere on the Preview screen will present a pop-up menu (as shown below) and allow you to choose one of the pre-defined sections for editing. A simple text editor will allow changes, as well as adding html tags to selected areas of text, changing of colors and or fonts. The editor also has a small spelling checker included.

There is no need to use a predefined template. You can just click on the form to bring up the text editor and then start typing. You may even enter Html tags, etc. if you wish.

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Similarly, clicking on the text over or under the pictures, as well as section titles, will bring up the editor. Clicking on the pictures, or picture holders (while holding down the Ctrl key, if necessary), allows you to select (or change) the picture to place in that spot.

Pictures should probably be modified to be of type .gif or .jpg, and less than 50k in size. These are not program restrictions but common sense restrictions to enable pictures to be loaded as quickly as possible over the internet, even by dial-up users. I try to always crop my pictures to 720x400 pixels maximum and keep file size under 40k bytes. I do this with a small shareware utility called Lview, which may still be available on the web. I hear that "irfanview" will also help with this.

Changes are shown instantly when you close the editor and go back to the Preview screen.

Screen shot of the editor screen for the Shipping section.

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The above shows what you would see when editing the shipping declaration section of the template. This is similar to the Description and Payment sections. Since these would rarely change from auction to auction, it would be smart to edit them to your preferences and then save the template before adding the unique item description data.

For those who use Group statements such as Return Policy, Feedback Policy, or any other, these can be added as distinct ("Miscellaneous Text") groups in the Text view screen for the template. For details, press the "F1" key while viewing the Text View or Preview screens.

If you click on a picture, or picture holder, the following dialog will allow you to preview pictures and select the one to insert (you may have to hold down the Ctrl key while clicking in order to force the picture selection). Notice that the picture directory that is displayed will be the one that you entered in the "Disk" box on the Current Item screen. If you change directories and then select a picture, it will also change the path in the "Disk" box on the Current Item screen. All pictures for a listing need to be in the same picture directory for BayLister to display them in the Preview sceen.

Adding the description text for the new item.

You can also select text and apply other tags, such as BOLD and ITALIC in the same manner as adding comment tags.

... and the result.

Notice that the comment text doesn't show up in the listing, as shown below. The file selection box will make it very simple to add your pictures to your listing if you use the IMG tags.


Finally, Lets go back to the Inventory tab and review it's features.