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Curious about text in messages

Posted by debi_2006 (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 23, 08 at 17:00

Since I'm usually here in the kitchens forum, I figured this is the best place to post my question for an instant answer.

I've noticed some people write posts or replies containing bold and/or italic text and was wondering how this is done when posting on GW?

I've tried writing my post message in MS Word with the bold options, however, when I cut and paste it in the message area on this forum, it comes out plain (no bold or italic).

I know the answer is out there, because some of you have done this. Anyone care to answer?

Thanks in advance.


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Before the words you want in bold type < b > (but leave out the spaces) and when finished type < /b >.

Italics are the same but with the letter "i".


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LOL! It took me a while to figure it out as well...my 13-yo son told me how.

You user HTML codes surrounded by angle brackets (< and >)

You put a "beginning" code where you want the format (Underline, etc.) to start and an "ending" code where you want it to end. The "ending code is the same as the beginning code except you precede it by a slash (/)

Some Codes are:

Bold: strong
Underline: u
Italic: i
Superscript: sup

The following are included in the "font" code:
Color: color = "name of the color, e.g., red, blue, etc.
Font: face = "name of the font e.g., arial"
Size: size = "how much smaller/bigger than normal e.g, -1, +2"

Some examples. Note: take out the space between the bracket and the code. I had to put them in so it would show up instead of using the code!

< strong>Bold< /strong>....gives you...Bold
< u>Underline< /u>....gives you...Underline
< i>Italic< /i>....gives you...Italic
< font color = "blue">Blue< /font>....gives you...Blue
< font face = "arial">Arial< /font>....gives you...Arial
< font size = "+2">Larger< /font>....gives you...Larger
< font color = "red" face = "arial">Arial in red< /font>....gives you...Arial in red

I hope this isn't too "tech-y".....


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Hey buehl - do you mind if I copy your explanation into the FAQ?
Or I can give you a userid and you can type it in yourself :-)


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Hi,
If you want to use italics on part of a message, start with < i > and end with < / i >

No spaces in between

Bold is the same except use a b instead of an i

< i > < b > Use them together to both bold and italicize a segment < / b > < / i >

HTH,
Dawn


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Man, I type slow!
Sorry about the duplicate reply :(

Dawn


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Welcome to the world of HTML! HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) allowes you to tell the browser to do all kinds of interesting things. For example, if you want something to appear bold you "mark up the text" by placing a tag before and after the section you want to bold. It is difficult to explain further because if I give you an example you will not see the tags because the browser will not display the tag, it will do what ever the tag tells it to do (i.e. bold the following text). You can display the code for this page and see what I am doing and/or check out this link for more information.

Here is a link that might be useful: HTML Sytax


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You guys ROCK!!!! Thanks so much...I should have figured that one out on my own being that I just took an HTML course. Dah!

Starpooh, I think that's a great idea to put the index on the FAQ page. I'm sure many people were/are just as curious. Now we all know.

Deb


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WOW

I love it...

thanks for asking about it, debi 2006


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wowee


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>turquioseTesting, >yellowTesting, >pinkTesting, +3">larger123


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Huh???????????


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Testing testingTesting Larger 123

would be (remove the **)

<*font color="turquoise">Testing<*/font><*font color="yellow"> testing<*/font><*font color="pink">Testing<*/font> <*font size="+3">Larger 123<*/font>

strangly the <*code> <*/code> doesn't work here which would allow us to display code for you...must be deprecated.

Don't forget you can also use <*blockquote> insert quote here <*/blockquote> to quote someone, which will indent the text a bit and make it stand out.

someone said something in a previous post that I want to quote

However, if GW had a decent message board we wouldn't have to go through all this. This is like message board version 2000...not 2008.


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VERY COOL!!!


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Lets keep this on the first page for awhile !

Wonderful thread!
Lets try "bumping" this to keep it on the first page for a while (like FAQ) so more people can see it.

Whoopi .... it worked (don't ask how long it took) !


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I feel so COOL!


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Thanks for asking this, and may I ask, is there another way to "bump" aside from responding? My tech skills are lowest of the low. I'm hoping this thread is around for a while so I can work with it.


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nope, bumping appears to be only possible if someone replies...


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I also use HTML to insert my photos that are somewhere else in the internet:

[img src="url of picture"]
use <> in place of the brackets


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buffetgirl - Thanks! I guess I will give this another bump before heading to bed!


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wow

more wow

thanks for the instructions, I always wanted to do this !!!!


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save these instructions

I'm going to copy and paste these instructions in a summarized form and print them out so I can keep them at hand for future reference; I need to practice the colors.

I would suggest you all do this because a thread drops down rapidly on this forum, lol....

(all I can manage is bold for now !!)


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Thankyousomuch


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LOL, my thanks were supposed to be in technicolor ~ I'm hopeless.

(back to playing with the dinosaurs for me)


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Or you can use cod-o matik and it does it for you


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okay...my turn.

Hey Diddle Diddle
The cat & the fiddle
the cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such a sport
and the dish ran away with the spoon


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Pauline - You almost had it! You missed the blank between font and color.
This is how you coded it:
<*fontcolor="purple">Thank<*/font><*fontcolor="green">you<*/font><*fontcolor="orange">so<*/font><*fontcolor="teal">much<*/font>

This is how it should have looked:
<*font color="purple">Thank<*/font><*font color="green">you<*/font><*font color="orange">so<*/font><*font color="teal">much<*/font>
===> translates as
Thankyousomuch

You might want some blanks between the words, too!
<*font color="purple">Thank <*/font><*font color="green">you <*/font><*font color="orange">so <*/font><*font color="teal">much<*/font>
===> translates as
Thank you so much

*** Remember, as buffetgirl stated, remove the asterisks inside the <*font> and <*/font> tags!

Q: How could I tell what Pauline had coded? I viewed the page source and found Pauline's post.
In your browser:
~ for Mozilla: Click View => Page Source
~ for IE: click View => Source
Then use Edit => Find.


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You can change fonts too. ;)

Arial font
Comic Sans MS
Fantasy - will be whatever your browser says is the default fantasy font
tahoma


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This is neat!


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I downloaded a version of "cod-o matik" but couldn't get it to run. So I searched around for an online version and came up with this:
Easy HTML Tag Generator.
It's a WYSIWYG editor ("What You See Is What You Get") that allows you to easily generate html code. It's used on many websites these days (including the Forum FAQ site), so it may be advantageous to learn!

There are alot of fancy things it can do, but these are the basics:
1. Type your text
2. Highlight an area of text and select an appropriate button:

  • Bold text: Click the bold B button. Click again to turn off.
  • Italic text: Click the italics I button. Click again to turn off.
  • Colored text: Click the downward arrow to the right of the large A. Select a color.
  • Highlight Background text: Click the downward arrow to the right of the highlighter with the yellow "ab". Select a color.
3. To view the html: Click the HTML button
4. Copy and paste the html into your forum post.

Give it a try! It's fun to "play" with!

Here is a link that might be useful: Easy HTML Tag Generator


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Thanks, Starpooh! I copied, pasted and printed out the message above for reference. Bump!


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This image might make it easier to find the buttons in the HTML Tag Generator:

btw... I didn't include the underscore because it's not good to underline text on the web.. folks assume anything underlined is a link and will try to click on it. :-)


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Cool! Thanks, Starpooh!


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Okay, I'll give it a try. Yep, it's working, but taking me a long time to code. It's fun though.

Glad everyone is enjoying this post. Okay, I'm done playing.

Question: Anyone know how to add lists using bullets?


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Debi, It's unordered list. Everything with a bullet gets it's own list item code:

<ul>
<li>item 1</li>
<li>item 2</li>
<li>item 3</li>
<li>item 4</li>
</ul>

gives:


  • item 1

  • item 2

  • item 3

  • item 4


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plllog

  • much appreciated

  • thanks


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    Wow. This is ridiculously slow...and fun.


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    you can do ordered lists

    <ol>

    <li>item 1</li>
    <li>item 2</li>
    <li>item 3</li>
    <li>item 4</li>
    </ol>

    gives


    1. item 1

    2. item 2

    3. item 3

    4. item 4


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    What would really be cool is if IVillage brought this board into the 21st century, allowing posters the options mentioned above, without having to use HTML code. :-)

    I wonder what they are waiting for


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    What would really be cool is if IVillage brought this board into the 21st century, allowing posters the options mentioned above, without having to use HTML code. :-)

    yeah that was my same thought...... you can't easily find old discussions, you can't easily find threads you've posted in, you can't easily follow a thread and see when something new has been posted. It's just so outdated. It's beyond funny.


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    starpooh, you're a peach !

    Thank you all for your help!


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    Well, you can get a free bulletin board that has fora, topics, moderator privileges, stickies, and uses BB codes (with buttons) and clickable smilies, on Runboard.com.... You can customize the CSS or use their templates. Did I mention, it's free? (With ads, natch.)


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    gag...runboard....gag..

    a company the size of ivillage has plenty of options for built in message boards. On ivillage's main website they have better boards then here already (but even those are pretty crap). Given the fact that they're already serving up plenty of ads which we all view and effectively pay for the site, they should make it work a bit better for us.


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    gag...runboard....gag..

    a company the size of ivillage has plenty of options for built in message boards. On ivillage's main website they have better boards then here already (but even those are pretty crap). Given the fact that they're already serving up plenty of ads which we all view and effectively pay for the site, they should make it work a bit better for us.


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    Well, duh :D That's what I was getting at. Runboard has full featured bulletin boards that the hoi polloi can have free for the asking. It's not exactly unheard of code. I've noticed that most communications companies have inferior bulletin board software. GW is the worst :) I think it's weird that they can't even invest in what Runboard is giving away :) Makes 'em look bad.


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    Here's a tip for all you HTML teachers - instead of showing the code with spaces or asterisks and telling people to remove the spaces or asterisks, you can show the actual code you're wanting to show by using the HTML 'example' command. It is xmp. So you put<xmp>at the beginning, and /xmp> at the end.

    <font color=red>Cool, eh?


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    I think we all added a few brain cells today!


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    oh Plllog. I couldn't tell if you were seriously suggesting runboard. ROFL. my bad.

    weed - thank you!! < code> doesn't work to display code so I'm glad < xmp> does.


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    ROFL too, Buffettgirl at your imagery. I had visions of you spitting chips and jumpers as you gagged on Runboard :) Sometimes I forget where I am and say wry things without the smilies. :) I over use smilies to try to keep myself out of trouble :)

    Thanks, Weed! And there are also ampersand codes :)


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    oh I'm glad I'm not the only one who tries hard to overuse smilies because dry humor is so hard to convey while typing. frankly, I suck at it. :) so I try to LOL and ;) a lot. Just so everyone knows that half of what I'm saying, I'm laughing while typing it. ...


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    Thank you Weed! Yes that's VERY cool!
    This place is truly amazing. Even the teachers can learn new tips. :-)


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    bump


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    Starpooh---I haven't read all the posts, but if you still want what I typed, feel free to use it...or I can add it if you'd rather.


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    BUMP


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    :-)


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    bump to front page..


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    So how do insert a link within you sentence if you have more than one to add to the ?
    TIA


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    to add a link:<a href="the full url of your link goes between quotes">The name of your link goes here</a>
    so this:
    <a href="http://finishedkitchens.blogspot.com">FKB</a>
    would display like this:
    FKB


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    Bumping ... to keep on first couple pages.

    With 57 posts already, I really must take the time to copy more of these instructions.
    Thank you to everyone who posted and gave their knowledge.


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    This is the template I use for inline links:

    <a href= http://www.XXX.html>Description</a>

    Replace Description with the description of your link
    Replace http://www.XXX.html with the link


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    Thanks, Buehl ..... now if I just knew how to create a template! LOL


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    movin on up


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    Napagirl, just copy the following into a Notepad file and save it.

    <a href= http://www.XXX/>Description</a>

    Then, when you need to use it, just open the Notepad file, copy the above line into your Message, and

    • Replace "http://www.XXX/" with the link you wish to post and

    • Replace "Description" with the description of the link.


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    I post pics using TinyPics.com; I don't have to have a PhotoBucket account, or anything.

    And I just cut and paste the URL; all the coding is done automatically.


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    Thanks, I wanted to know that stuff too.


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    you guys all ROCK! I have to admit I've always looked at the "fancy" formatting in other GWer's posts and been so impressed while feeling woefully incapable!!


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    bump


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    Animated Smileys Anyone?

    I remember many months ago that someone posted how to put animated smileys, etc. in messages but I can't find the post.

    Does anyone know how to do this?


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    I don't know about the smileys, but thanks for bumping this one. I apparently was quite in need of a refresher!


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    buehl, I'm going to show my total ignorance here, but where do I find a "Notepad file" so I can save your template?

    I've looked under Edit, View, Tools & Help and can't find anything. I do remember seeing something like that once, when I was doing a lot of copy & paste in Word. I'm not very computer savy. Now that I'm retired there's no office staff to help me out, LOL.


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    Assuming you have a Windows system (as opposed to an Apple/Mac), click on your "Start" Menu and...

    Start --> Programs --> Accessories --> Notepad


    I created a shortcut on my Desktop for Notepad so I don't have to go through the "Start" menu each time. (To create a similar shortcut: Click & hold on Notepad and drag it to your Desktop)


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    This was a huge help when I started to post so I'm bumping it again.


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    bump


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    Anyone know how to insert smileys and animated images?


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    bump


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    bump


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    BUMPEROO


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    one more little nugget...

    if you right click on this page, and choose "view source" it will open up the notepad for this page. you'd be stunned at how much code is involved in this one thread.


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    bump


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    I am just reeling at how helpful this is. Thank you all. I had no idea. I have a little hesitation learning such old stuff, but apparently it's always-fresh.


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