Skip to comments.HTML Sandbox 2010
Posted on 09/20/2010 11:32:29 AM PDT by ShadowAce
It's time for a new HTML reference so you can make your posts look cool.
HTML means Hyper Text Markup Language. It's a set of simple commands used to format the text of your posts, add images, or links, or change the appearance.
URL is Uniform Resource Locator. It's the name of the page or the picture that you see, the www.http:// stuff. You'll need to use the URL to make links and post pictures.
Quotation Marks Quotes have to be used around the URLs for web pages and images on Free Republic. Some systems do not require this. Ours does.
Once the Free Republic software detects an HTML tag in your post, it will assume the entire thing was written for HTML. This means it will eliminate paragraphs and line breaks that you used to clarify your writing. In order to prevent that, I'll start with the two simplest tags, <br> and <p>. When you use html tags, they disappear when the post is pasted to the board, so don't worry if they look funny or if your post seems to run on.
This is the break tag. <br>
It tells the computer to end the line and start a new one. <br>
Just type it where you want the line to end. <br>
This is the paragraph tag. <p>
It tells the computer to end the line, insert a blank one, then start a new line.
The rest of the tags have to be used with an on tag and an off tag. This is simple enough. One of the most commonly used tags is the italic tag <i>. This tag turns the italics on. When you want the italics to end, turn them off by using the forward slash with the appropriate command, in this case, </i>.
Commonly used tags:
<br> line break
These tags are not used in pairs.
Commonly used pairs:
<b> </b>bold characters
<font color = red>This makes the font red.</font color = red> Orange,blue,green,purple,and yellow also work.
Headlines add emphasis to an important point.
You can use 1,2,3,4, or 5. The tags automatically insert a blank line between the headline and your next paragraph.
</sarc> This is the sarcasm tag. It is not a real HTML tag. It is used to mark your witty repartee so that everyone will know you are making a funny. Type an ampersand - & then lt; then /sarc. An & and gt makes the other carat >.
How to create a link:
<a href="http://www.freerepublic.com/home.htm">www.Free Republic.com</a>
A means anchor. H ref means horizontal reference. It's called horizontal because the computer is going across the web to a different page. There are also vertical links that can go to specific points on the same page. What comes after the a href= is where the computer will go. The horizontal reference is the complete URL of the page you want to link. It's in the navigation bar at the top of your web browser. Highlight it and copy it. Make sure you get all of it. Some URLs are surprisingly long, and if you miss some of the URL, the link might not work.
You can type anything between the <a href=></a> parts.
All of these links go to the same page, I just typed different things between <a href=></a> tags.
How to add images to your post:
The img tags tell the computer to find and insert a picture.
These tags insert this wonderful image from Rush Limbaugh's website:
You need to know the URL of the picture to do this. You can see the picture's URL when you put your cursor on the picture and right click the mouse. You see a small box with "properties" at the bottom. Left click on "properties" and you get a dialog box with the image URL and dimensions. It says Address: next to the URL, with (URL) underneath. Copy the URL and paste it after your img src= tag. Make sure you get all of the URL for the picture. There isn't a lot of space for the URL and sometimes they are very long. The image Size and Dimensions are beneath the URL. Free Republic allocates memory for each image, and if it doesn't know the dimensions of the image, it will allocate more memory than needed. It tells you the width, then the height of the picture. You don't have to tell the computer that the height of that image was 218 and the width was 285, but it saves memory and memory costs money.
This is called a hotlink. The picture is actually on another computer, but we see it here. This causes the other computer to use it's memory and machinery to provide the image. Some sites prevent it, or object to it. You can't hotlink an image from any of Yahoo's GeoCities pages, for example. Yahoo prevents it.
Do Not Cut And Paste List.
Some websites have forbidden us to copy and paste their material, including images. There have been lawsuits over this. The software will mostly prevent you from using the material that has been blocked, but not always. There are also some image sources that are not allowed on the list. Please don't use them. Lawsuits suck.
Link to the Do Not Cut And Paste List
Bookmarked and saved to favorites ;)
WHO NEEDS HTML WHEN THERE’S CAPS LOCK?
i gotta learn the pictures formula!
Thanks for the post. Always wondered how some of that stuff is done. LOL
Can break for paragraphs
Who needs CAPS LOCK when you know how to
On the image tag, you don’t need to have a separate closing tag, you can just add a / after the “ closing the url. Example:
- The HTML Campfire
- Formatting Messages with Outlook Express (HTML Bootcamp)
- Basic html formatting
- R U new? Some Tips....
- HTML for FReeper Newbies
- HTML Sandbox (Original Thread)
- HTML Sandbox (Thread Two)
- HTML Sandbox (Thread Three)
- HTML Sandbox (Thread Four)
- HTML Sandbox 2008
HTML Sandbox 2010 New
- Reference HTML Cheatsheet
(Also This for New Freepers)
- Revised & Updated! -- THE LEXICON OF FREEREPUBLIC -- (FR dictionary, more help for newcomers!)
- Fifth Edition of the Lexicon of FreeRepublic * * A helpful FR dictionary for newcomers * *
- Updated FR Excerpt and Link Only or Deny Posting List due to Copyright Complaints
- Posting refresher course - Please read
- Way too many duplicates and vanities. Please read - again. (Welcome Newbies)
True, but it's always good form to close your tags. :)
Thank you for that list. Hopefully, it will help those here who would like the help....
..oh but that takes all the fun away.. or at least it used to when you could mess up the formatting of the entire thread when you didn’t.
I cut my teeth on HTML on FR but don’t use it much anymore.
It took me a bit to remember how to add the 2010 thread..
Backhoe actually got me started and I picked up his baton to help out as we grew.
bookmark, and thanks.
Ah...the good old days...
Firefox makes HTML easy with these addons:
BBCodeXtra is an extension, compatible with Mozilla FireFox and Mozilla Suite, which adds to the context menu new commands to insert BBCode/Html/XHtml codes in an easy and fast way.
BBCode - Adds BBCode, HTML, XHTML & Symbols formatting to the context menu for Blogs and forums (PHPBB and others).
These are essentially the same but each has a couple of extra features not found in the other.
Word Count Plus — Counts the number of words in selected text - great to avoid cutting and pasting and then finding out you exceeded the number of words (usually 300) allowed for excerpts from copyrighted material.
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