Universalis banners

If you run a web site or a blog, you can incorporate the Universalis banner, which shows the feast of the day and links to the Universalis readings for that day:


If you are using a software package to design your web pages, you will need to tell it the following information:

Image location (URL): http://www.universalis.com/banner.gif
Image width: 468 pixels
Image height: 60 pixels

and make the image into a link to http://www.universalis.com or whatever other Universalis address you want: see How to Link to Us.

If you write your HTML directly, here is the code you need:

<a href="http://universalis.com">
   <img src="http://universalis.com/banner.gif"
        alt="Universalis" width="468" height="60" border="0">

The code in red is the code that causes the image to be displayed; the code in black turns the image into a link so that people who click on the image can see the relevant page of Universalis.

Remember to check that the link to our site is the way you want it to be. See How to Link to Us.

Other sizes

You can make the banner narrower if you like (within reason). To do this, just put the width you want after the word "banner". Here's an example for a banner that's 240 pixels wide:

Image location (URL): http://www.universalis.com/banner240.gif
Image width: 240 pixels
Image height: 60 pixels

<a href="http://universalis.com">
   <img src="http://universalis.com/banner240.gif"
        alt="Universalis" width="240" height="60" border="0">

240 pixels was only an example: you can choose whatever width you want.

Larger print

We are looking at ways of providing different font sizes. Meanwhile, the following solution may be worth considering:


We did this by changing the "width" and "height" settings in the HTML. In this case, we increased them by 50%. The result isn't ideal because the font isn't very smooth, but it may still be helpful.

Calendars and time zones

Universalis works with different local calendars and with different time zones. You should put the appropriate calendar (and possibly time zone) information into the 'banner.gif' address that you use for Universalis. For example, the image location for Eastern Standard Time and the USA "Ascension on Sunday" calendar would be:


See How to Link to Us for more details of this extra information and how it should be formatted.

If you give the banner image a specific local calendar, you may also want to give the Universalis link itself the same local calendar, so that people who click on the banner see Universalis using the same calendar that the banner uses. The complete example in this case would be:

<a href="http://universalis.com/USA.Sunday/">
   <img src="http://universalis.com/USA.Sunday/-0500/banner.gif"
        alt="Universalis" width="468" height="60" border="0">

A way round the time zone problem

The problem with banners is that they only show one day; and when it's Friday afternoon in America, it's Saturday morning in India. If you think that your site will mostly be viewed in one region, this doesn't matter. If your site is worldwide, you can solve this problem, at the cost of a little extra space, by having a pair of banners, one 12 hours behind GMT and one 12 hours ahead, like this:

Universalis Universalis

https:// sites

If your web site uses https rather than http, use https rather than http in the address of the banner image (the src= element). This will prevent your visitors' browsers from complaining about mixed secure and insecure content.

Copyrights and acknowledgements

You'll see that the banner itself incorporates the name of Universalis, so we don't need any more acknowledgements apart from that. We do, however, ask that you make your banners into links to the Universalis site, so that people can easily get at the material we offer.