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Submission Form Clarification

This is a guide to the Zen Garden submission form. All required fields are listed here, with explanations and examples of what each form field is expecting.

As well, please make sure not to miss the Zen Garden Submission Guidelines.

Your Name

Required. This is your real name. You may submit your design under a pseudonym or alias if you so desire, but due to issues surrounding attribution when designs are published in other mediums (among other reasons), real names are required for those designs that make it on to the official list.

If you do not wish to submit under your full name under any circumstances, please make note of it in the “Further Comments” field. The form will check for at least two space-separated names, at a minimum.

Example:

Dave Shea

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Your Email Address

Required. This is your email address. Since I may need to contact you for things like attribution and technical glitches, as well as inform you when your work has been added, this must be a valid and functioning email address.

Note that it will never be shared with any third party, nor publicly displayed on this site or any other under my control.

Example:

dave@example.com

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Your Home Page/URL:

Optional. This is your own personal web site URL, not the URL of your submission. This is the site that will be linked in the credits for your work. If you don’t have one, please leave this field blank.

Example:

http://www.mezzoblue.com/

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Your Nationality:

Required. This is your country of citizenship/residence. Without this, I can’t list nationalities on designs added to the design list.

Example:

Canadian

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Submission Preview

Required. This is a link to the CSS file (not the HTML file) for your submission. It should sit on a publicly-accessible server so that I can view it. If you follow this link and add your URL from this field to the end of what’s in your browser’s address bar, the new page should load your submission as seen through the eyes of the css Zen Garden.

For example, if you compare this CSS file to the resulting full URL, you’ll notice that the first URL points to a remote server, and the second points to the css Zen Garden (which loads the CSS file directly from the remote server). Make sure you’re linking to a .css file, not an .html or .zip file.

Example:

http://www.mezzoblue.com/design1/zen.css

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Zip Archive URL

Required. This is a link to a .zip file that contains your CSS file as well as all images associated with it. The purpose of this file is to facilitate addition of designs to the official list.

Please note that if you send a .zip file without an accompanying .css file, your submission is likely to remain unreviewed.

.zip is the preferred file format. The form will not accept .tar.gz or .rar files.

Example:

http://www.mezzoblue.com/design1/zen.zip

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Your Submission’s Title

Required. This is the name of your design. Please try to keep this title around 16 characters, due to the problems introduced in some designs with longer titles. (Yes, they should have planned for that, and so should you.)

Be creative. Make sure to browse through the design list first at the very least to avoid conflicting with a previous title. If at all possible, try to avoid using “Zen” in the title.

Example:

Coastal Breeze

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