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A guide to using HTML on Free Republic in 5 lines
Painful experience | April 25, 2007 | GrondramB

Posted on 04/25/2007 5:19:01 PM PDT by gondramB

Edited on 12/14/2007 2:04:47 PM PST by Lead Moderator. [history]

When I came to Free Republic I had never used HTML. All the guides seemed complicated. This is a guide where I try to keep it as short as possible to cover the most needed topics. There are many better and more complete guides. I'll link to a couple at the end.


  1. Free Republic uses HTML where formatting is enclosed in “less than” and “greater than” signs like this <bold> </bold>unlike many boards that use brackets like this [bold] [/bold].

  2. The first one starts the command and the second one (with the divided by sign) ends the formatting like this < b > Text < /b >

    As soon as you use one HTML command in your post the Free Republic editor assumes you are doing all the formatting so you need to add you own line breaks and blank lines. Use the <br> command once for a line break, or twice (like this <br><br>) for one blank line, three times for two blank lines and so on.

  3. To insert a clickable link: <a href=www.linkadress.com>Link description</a>

  4. To insert a picture <img src=”www.linkadress.com/picturename.jpg”>


Other resources

  1. To host photos for free and get the HTML generated for you www.photobucket.com This site doesn't allow porn so its less likely to be blocked at work.

  2. More advanced Freep thread on HTML http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1569737/posts

  3. Best off-Freep resource page I've found http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/

  4. Good luck!



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KEYWORDS: faq; frfordummies; guide; html
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I'll be happy to take questions but I'm still not good at HTML, there are other Freepers who are quite good at it.
1 posted on 04/25/2007 5:19:04 PM PDT by gondramB
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To: gondramB
My brain is about to EXPLODE!!!
2 posted on 04/25/2007 5:22:53 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: gondramB

Thnaks this will help me!


3 posted on 04/25/2007 5:23:16 PM PDT by conservativehusker (GO BIG RED!!!!)
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To: gondramB
My FAVORITE HTML

USA

4 posted on 04/25/2007 5:24:06 PM PDT by GRRRRR ( What's Next? - Demokrats have jumped the shark.)
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To: gondramB
Nice try. However, in HTML, BOLD is <b>bold</b> (not <bold>bold</bold>).
5 posted on 04/25/2007 5:24:39 PM PDT by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: gondramB

A tip: Highlight what you want to know about (what html was used to do it) then right click on it and click on “view selection source.” You’ll see exactly how it was done - meaning the html code.


6 posted on 04/25/2007 5:25:05 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: gondramB
Also worth knowing
is if you see an effect
that you really like,

you can do view SOURCE
in your browser, look through it,
and COPY the code!

7 posted on 04/25/2007 5:26:19 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: GRRRRR

Now I know why some of my links didn’t work, I was putting them in quotes like an image insert.....DOH!


8 posted on 04/25/2007 5:26:37 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
>“view selection source.”


9 posted on 04/25/2007 5:27:38 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: gondramB

Thanks

This will be a big help.


10 posted on 04/25/2007 5:27:55 PM PDT by mmanager (Pray for the Flux Capacitor - Lib's can go back into time and abort themselves.)
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To: mmanager; All

>>Thanks

This will be a big help.<<\

And I’d like to thank everyone who helping with additional ideas.


11 posted on 04/25/2007 5:30:10 PM PDT by gondramB (God only has ten rules, uncle Hank, and he has a much bigger house.)
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To: gondramB
When I came to Free Republic I had never used HTML

When I began FReeping, people used the convention of italics when quoting another FReeper's post. Whatever happened to that?

Wi also didnt hav spelchek.

12 posted on 04/25/2007 5:30:55 PM PDT by David_G_Burnet (My other ID is in the shop)
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To: gondramB
D O N ' T _ F O R G E T _ C L A S S Y _ G R E E N _ E Y E D _ B L O N D _ S T Y L E _ O F _ P O S T I N G _ ! ! !
13 posted on 04/25/2007 5:31:52 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: gondramB
D O N ' T _ F O R G E T _ C L A S S Y _ G R E E N _ E Y E D _ B L O N D _ S T Y L E _ O F _ P O S T I N G _ ! ! !
14 posted on 04/25/2007 5:34:13 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: Repeal The 17th
Twice!

And if you forget to turn all of your html off you may get it repeated on the next post.

15 posted on 04/25/2007 5:37:03 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: David_G_Burnet
When I began FReeping, people used the convention of italics when quoting another FReeper's post. Whatever happened to that?

I still do it. When I first began FReeping, if someone didn't close a tag in their HTML it would affect all of the posts in the thread following it.

16 posted on 04/25/2007 5:38:02 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: GoLightly
When I first began FReeping, if someone didn't close a tag in their HTML it would affect all of the posts in the thread following it.

Apparently they fixed that (or your post would also be in bold and font size = +3).

17 posted on 04/25/2007 5:39:35 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: David_G_Burnet

>> When I began FReeping, people used the convention of italics when quoting another FReeper’s post. Whatever happened to that?

Wi also didnt hav spelchek.<<

That would be nice if that could be the standard. The “double greater than” looks cluttered and for somebody learning HTML is sometimes confusing.

Spellcheck is great - since I switched to Firefox and get spell check everywhere, not just on Freep, more people think I’m literate.


18 posted on 04/25/2007 5:40:33 PM PDT by gondramB (God only has ten rules, uncle Hank, and he has a much bigger house.)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird

And that is so TEDIOUS to do...
she MUST have had some kind of template that she was using.


19 posted on 04/25/2007 5:41:46 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Apparently they fixed that (or your post would also be in bold and font size = +3).

Yes, they did. Ya almost had to learn HTML in self defense, to close tags on other people's posts. A post here or there with large bold fonts isn't a problem, but a whole thread of large bold blinking posts would make your eyes go batty.

20 posted on 04/25/2007 5:51:57 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: gondramB

ping


21 posted on 04/25/2007 5:54:27 PM PDT by Right in Wisconsin (Have a Happy Day)
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To: lilycicero; Girlene

Ahem...


22 posted on 04/25/2007 5:57:57 PM PDT by RedRover (Defend Our Marines)
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To: Repeal The 17th
How did they ever find out she was a he, or shehe, a whatever?

I never got the story on that.

23 posted on 04/25/2007 6:05:40 PM PDT by David_G_Burnet (My other ID is in the shop)
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To: GRRRRR

Dude, haw did you get the USA to blink?


24 posted on 04/25/2007 6:09:25 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: doc1019

Yea, yea I know … spell check would have been nice! Duh!


25 posted on 04/25/2007 6:10:41 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
A tip: Highlight what you want to know about (what html was used to do it) then right click on it and click on “view selection source.” You’ll see exactly how it was done - meaning the html code.

Only if you are using Firefox as your browser.

For those folks using Microsoft Internet Explorer (shuddderrr) there is a small tool that can be downloaded and installed quickly which will add the same bit to your right-click-context-menu.

Get it Here

Download link is on the right side of page.

26 posted on 04/25/2007 6:14:30 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Don't question faith. Don't answer lies.)
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To: gondramB

Thanks.


27 posted on 04/25/2007 6:15:50 PM PDT by Draco
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To: doc1019

DEpends where ya put the BLINK! ( I guess )


28 posted on 04/25/2007 6:23:49 PM PDT by GRRRRR ( What's Next? - Demokrats have jumped the shark.)
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To: GRRRRR

Just kidding … I’ve been into HTML for years. In my hurry to be funny I forgot the cardinal rule of posting … always spell check before putting your stuff before the public (especially if it will be in large letters, bright red and blinking).

;-)


29 posted on 04/25/2007 6:31:43 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: RedRover; Girlene

Guess Red wants us to come out of our comfort zone!

Do you seriously want me to know how to post photos????

Stand by to be impressed shippy.


30 posted on 04/25/2007 6:42:45 PM PDT by lilycicero (SSgt Wuterich and his squad don't make deals!)
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To: gondramB

Great help - thanks!


31 posted on 04/25/2007 6:45:19 PM PDT by RDTF (R.I.P. Blue Angel LCDR Kevin Davis)
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To: lilycicero

Standing by. Fire for effect.


32 posted on 04/25/2007 6:47:04 PM PDT by RedRover (Defend Our Marines)
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To: David_G_Burnet

All I know about it was that she/he/it posted under the name of “classy green eyed blonde” and every single one of her/his/its posts were formatted that way.


33 posted on 04/25/2007 7:06:09 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: 21stCenturion

...


34 posted on 04/25/2007 7:07:18 PM PDT by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: doc1019; GRRRRR
The blinking text function works in Firefox, but in Internet Explorer it just appears as fixed text.
35 posted on 04/25/2007 7:11:21 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: David_G_Burnet

I’m about 50/50 now on using italics ‘cause I forget I have to use html for the whole post if I just do the “i’s.”

Also, I’ve used ie-spell for years, works better then any other sort of spell check I’ve used.


36 posted on 04/25/2007 7:30:19 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (Linux: More of a cult then an OS. Mac: Beyond a Cult. A joyless Jihad.)
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To: Repeal The 17th
LOL, the good old days of staring at the sun, that was a fun night.

I remembered the old adage "if it's too good to be true..." early on in the whole "Classy" episode.

I even created a counterposter ID that started with "WellHung...." and was about 30 letters long.

It got banned almost immediately. Rightfully so.

37 posted on 04/25/2007 7:36:30 PM PDT by David_G_Burnet (My other ID is in the shop)
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To: Repeal The 17th

From what I understand, it will be added to the next version (or update) of IE … would make life easier.


38 posted on 04/25/2007 7:41:35 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: Repeal The 17th
More LOL, I checked your homepage. Those were also the days before I eventually took the same pledge.

It was a lot of fun for a while though.

39 posted on 04/25/2007 7:45:41 PM PDT by David_G_Burnet (My other ID is in the shop)
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To: gondramB

bookmark. I could use a brush up.


40 posted on 04/25/2007 8:14:19 PM PDT by pissant
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To: gondramB

HTML Sandbox
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1555762/posts

HTML Bootcamp (Cyber patriot training)
http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3aa5843c228c.htm


41 posted on 04/25/2007 8:20:32 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: gondramB

See also:

HTML Primer
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/html/

Webmonkey
http://webmonkey.com/webmonkey/frontdoor/beginners.html

Reference HTML Cheatsheet (Webmonkey)
http://webmonkey.com/webmonkey/reference/html_cheatsheet/


42 posted on 04/25/2007 8:23:19 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: gondramB
To host photos for free and get the HTML generated for you www.photobucket.com

Thanks. I recently wondered how to post pics of my own.

Willie the Wonder Cat says Hi!


43 posted on 04/26/2007 5:53:05 AM PDT by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: gondramB

Bump for Later


44 posted on 04/26/2007 5:53:30 AM PDT by marine86297 (I'll never forgive Clinton for Somalia, my blood is on his hands)
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To: Caramelgal

That’s great that you got the photo posting to work so quickly.

If anybody wants to post a picture but doesn’t want the hassle of singing up for a (free) photobucket.com account they can use http://www.tinypic.com/ instead.

Tinypic is owned by Photobucket and you can simply host a picture or video there without ever signing in but then you don’t have in an album with your other online pictures.

Tinypic will also generate the HTML for you.


45 posted on 04/26/2007 5:58:50 AM PDT by gondramB (God only has ten rules, uncle Hank, and he has a much bigger house.)
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To: gondramB

bump


46 posted on 04/26/2007 10:58:29 AM PDT by bobbyd (Flyer, I love and miss you...Lords best my FRiend)
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To: gondramB
Ping for later learning experience!

See? It works

47 posted on 04/26/2007 11:00:14 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (Don't piss down my back and tell me it's rainin')
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
SmileyCentral.com
48 posted on 04/26/2007 11:04:41 AM PDT by N. Theknow ((Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.))
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To: lilycicero

49 posted on 04/26/2007 7:11:58 PM PDT by RedRover (Defend Our Marines)
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To: RedRover

YAKMROTFLMAO!

I haven’t seen that one before! Thanks.

PS I messed up my homepage trying to learn the 5 FR steps.


50 posted on 04/26/2007 8:50:56 PM PDT by lilycicero (SSgt Wuterich and his squad don't make deals!)
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