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Accrual
In
channel partner terminology, accrual is a financial stipend that is provided to the sales channel by the vendor or manufacturer. The accrual amount is a usually a percentage of the invoiced price of items sold to the channel partner over a set period of time (e.g. a percentage of the previous six month's sales).

See "
What Are IT Channel Partners and Channel Programs? in Webopedia's Quick Reference section for a look at how IT channel partner programs work.
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A Closer Look  at Chrome 7

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Now into its second year, Google Chrome has begun to mature from a lightweight and fast browsing alternative into an innovative browser on the precipice of a potential revolution with the pending ChromeOS. The software saw another minor rev recently, so we decided to give it an even closer look for a review update. The browser that people can use today,
Chrome 7 , offers highly competitive features, including synchronization, autofill, and maintains Google's reputation for building one of the fastest browsers available.
We also got up close and personal with Trend Micro's Maximum Security 2011, which brings users a faster suite with a smaller system impact. There's a lot of top-shelf extras to like here, too, but is that enough to sell you on the suite? Find out the answer in
our First Look video .
Finally, amid all the Mac-related multimedia software hype last week, we took a look at some user-friendly video-editing software for Windows users.
Nero Video Premium HD offers a straightforward interface and useful features such as Blu-ray disc authoring and playback as well as the Nero Creative CollectionPack, which provides a slew of transitions effects, hemes, and more.

10 Tips for Launching your Business Blog By Beth Hrusch (c) 2010

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Are you thinking about launching your business blog? You're not alone. A recent study by GuideWireGroup revealed that approximately 89 percent of businesses polled use blogs as a way to communicate with their customers. In another survey, Burson-Marsteller found that 15% of Fortune 500 companies have blogs. A successful business blog can generate tens of thousands of dollars in revenue each year, with figures for large corporations typically much higher.

So, business blogging is becoming a mainstream marketing tool. That does not mean, however, that blogging comes easily or naturally for many companies, their owners and employees. Blogging, like any form of content, is a commitment of time and resources - namely, you have to know how to write (or have access to good writers) and you have to maintain your blogs with fresh, original and insightful new material on a regular basis.

This should not scare you away. It should, though, inspire you to learn the basics of business blogging before you turn your baby loose on the world. Planning out your blogging strategy first is a wise move, because it gives your blog a greater chance of success. Here are 10 tips for launching your business blog

Mandatory Form Fields - Bravenet Email Form Service
By Courtnie

Members often ask us how to make form fields mandatory, so here it is! Below is the directions and some simple JavaScript code that will make this possible. This article assumes you already have your form created and that you are using the
Bravenet Email Form Service code.
First we need to make some changes to the <form> tag. We typically don't suggest editing this code because one mistake here can cause your form to break completely. So please follow these instructions very carefully and make sure you have a backup of your original code. You need to add two lines to the <form> tag. Also, JavaScript is case sensitive - so watch your spelling and capitalization closely.

name="FormName"
onSubmit="return validate(FormName)"
name="FormName" - FormName can be whatever you wish to name your form. Just make sure to enter the same name in onSubmit="return validate(FormName)".
After adding your two lines your opening <form> tag should look something like this:
<form method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data" action="http://pub39.bravenet.com/emailfwd/senddata.php" accept-charset="utf-8" name="FormName" onSubmit="return validate(FormName)">
Notice the # beside pub, this pub will be different for different members, so be careful and don't just copy and paste my code.
After that, we just need to add this piece of code:
<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
<!--
function validate(eform) {
if (eform.fieldname.value.length == 0)
{
alert("Enter a custom alert message here.")
eform.fieldname.focus()
return false
}
}
//-->
</SCRIPT>

This piece of code can pretty much go anywhere, I suggest just putting it at the beginning of your form, after the opening <form> tag. This code does require some simple editing. First of all, you need to decide what field it is that you wish to make mandatory and find the name for that field in your form code. You will need to enter that field name in the two places the code says fieldname. You will also want to enter a custom alert to notify your users to fill out the mandatory field.
For my contact form, I decided to make the email field mandatory - name="replyemail". So I will edit the above code to look like this.
<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
<!--
function validate(eform) {
if (eform.replyemail.value.length == 0)
{
alert("Please enter your email address.")
eform.replyemail.focus()
return false
}
}
//-->
</SCRIPT>
You are now ready to save your changes and test out your form to make sure you have entered everything correctly and that it works.

This next bit is optional. If you too are making your email field mandatory, you may want to take it one step further and make sure your users are entering a valid email address. You can do this by adding a bit more code to the above JavaScript. The complete JavaScript will look like this:

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
<!--
function validate(eform) {
if (eform.replyemail.value.length == 0)
{
alert("Please enter your email address.")
eform.replyemail.focus()
return false
}
if (eform.replyemail.value.indexOf("@") == -1)
{
alert("Please enter a valid e-mail address.");
eform.replyemail.focus();
return false;
}
}
//-->
</SCRIPT>

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