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  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <abbr> <acronym> <address> <bdo> <blockquote> <del> <hr> <img> <ins> <pre> <q> <sub> <sup> <dl> <dt> <dd> <ul> <ol> <li> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <table> <caption> <col> <colgroup> <tbody> <td> <tfoot> <th> <thead> <tr> <b> <big> <cite> <code> <dfn> <em> <i> <kbd> <samp> <small> <strong> <tt> <var>

    This site allows HTML content. While learning all of HTML may feel intimidating, learning how to use a very small number of the most basic HTML "tags" is very easy. This table provides examples for each tag that is enabled on this site.

    For more information see W3C's HTML Specifications or use your favorite search engine to find other sites that explain HTML.

    Tag DescriptionYou TypeYou Get
    Anchors are used to make links to other pages.<a href="http://vekseid.com">Commentary</a>Commentary
    Abbreviation<abbr title="Abbreviation">Abbrev.</abbr>Abbrev.
    Acronym<acronym title="Three-Letter Acronym">TLA</acronym>TLA
    No help provided for tag address.
    No help provided for tag bdo.
    Block quoted<blockquote>Block quoted</blockquote>
    Block quoted
    Deleted<del>Deleted</del>Deleted
    No help provided for tag hr.
    No help provided for tag img.
    Inserted<ins>Inserted</ins>Inserted
    Preformatted<pre>Preformatted</pre>
    Preformatted
    Quoted inline<q>Quoted inline</q>Quoted inline
    Subscripted<sub>Sub</sub>scriptedSubscripted
    Superscripted<sup>Super</sup>scriptedSuperscripted
    Definition lists are similar to other HTML lists. <dl> begins the definition list, <dt> begins the definition term and <dd> begins the definition description.<dl> <dt>First term</dt> <dd>First definition</dd> <dt>Second term</dt> <dd>Second definition</dd> </dl>
    First term
    First definition
    Second term
    Second definition
    No help provided for tag dt.
    No help provided for tag dd.
    Unordered list - use the <li> to begin each list item<ul> <li>First item</li> <li>Second item</li> </ul>
    • First item
    • Second item
    Ordered list - use the <li> to begin each list item<ol> <li>First item</li> <li>Second item</li> </ol>
    1. First item
    2. Second item
    No help provided for tag li.
    Heading<h1>Title</h1>

    Title

    Heading<h2>Subtitle</h2>

    Subtitle

    Heading<h3>Subtitle three</h3>

    Subtitle three

    Heading<h4>Subtitle four</h4>

    Subtitle four

    Heading<h5>Subtitle five</h5>
    Subtitle five
    Heading<h6>Subtitle six</h6>
    Subtitle six
    Table<table> <tr><th>Table header</th></tr> <tr><td>Table cell</td></tr> </table>
    Table header
    Table cell
    No help provided for tag caption.
    No help provided for tag col.
    No help provided for tag colgroup.
    No help provided for tag tbody.
    No help provided for tag td.
    No help provided for tag tfoot.
    No help provided for tag th.
    No help provided for tag thead.
    No help provided for tag tr.
    Bolded<b>Bolded</b>Bolded
    No help provided for tag big.
    Cited<cite>Cited</cite>Cited
    Coded text used to show programming source code<code>Coded</code>Coded
    No help provided for tag dfn.
    Emphasized<em>Emphasized</em>Emphasized
    Italicized<i>Italicized</i>Italicized
    No help provided for tag kbd.
    No help provided for tag samp.
    No help provided for tag small.
    Strong<strong>Strong</strong>Strong
    No help provided for tag tt.
    No help provided for tag var.

    Most unusual characters can be directly entered without any problems.

    If you do encounter problems, try using HTML character entities. A common example looks like &amp; for an ampersand & character. For a full list of entities see HTML's entities page. Some of the available characters include:

    Character DescriptionYou TypeYou Get
    Ampersand&amp;&
    Greater than&gt;>
    Less than&lt;<
    Quotation mark&quot;"
  • Lines and paragraphs are automatically recognized. The <br /> line break, <p> paragraph and </p> close paragraph tags are inserted automatically. If paragraphs are not recognized simply add a couple blank lines.
  • To post pieces of code, surround them with <code>...</code> tags. For PHP code, you can use <?php ... ?>, which will also colour it based on syntax.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs are automatically recognized. The <br /> line break, <p> paragraph and </p> close paragraph tags are inserted automatically. If paragraphs are not recognized simply add a couple blank lines.