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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!



TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Reference
KEYWORDS: faq; freerepublic; frfordummies; frhtml; 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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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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