Tips for Diaries

Formatting Tips for Diaries and Comments

I wanted to let you in on some formatting commands that you can use to make your comments and diaries look even better, by emphasizing words or phrases and adding links to outside sources. The commands are easy and you can use them in diaries or comments. The formatting should default to Auto Format, but if you run into an error or the formatting is not working, check the drop-down menu on the page to make sure it reads Auto Format. It also contains entries for HTML and Plain Text, but the commands below work in the Auto Format setting.

Paragraphs and line breaks
In order to start a new paragraph, simply press Enter twice. To insert a line break, press Enter once. Note that text will automatically wrap to fit the size of the screen, so line breaks like that are generally unnecessary. In most cases, you shouldn’t need to hit Enter at all except for paragraph breaks.

Bold and Italics
If you want to emphasize a word or phrase, you can type it into the text box surrounded in asterisks (*), *like this*. This will cause the text between the asterisks to be rendered in bold type. Similarly, you can also enter text between underscores (_) or slashes (/), _like this_ /or this/, in order to render the given text in italics.

Strikethrough Text
If you want to put a line through text for effect, you must use the HTML Tags or to make the text look like this: Strike Through Text you must also click on "HTML Formatted" in the drop down menu that is listed in Auto Format.

Making links
Of course, you can’t post on the Web without needing to insert a link every now and then. Creating a link is as simple as typing in the URL (the address shown in your browser’s toolbar at the top of the window). Auto Format mode will automatically turn all URLs into links. For example, if you were to type the following text:

This website runs weblog software from

the resulting comment will look like this:

This website runs weblog software from

Of course, it’s not always desirable to have the text of the link be the same as the target of the link. You can use brackets (’[’ and ‘]’) in order to specify both the link text and link target. For example, if you wanted the text "This search engine" to point to, you would type the following:

[This search engine]

Which will render like so:

Also, you can make block quotes, I use them on the front page when I’m quoting another source like an article or some other website. Write it like this (removing all "---" marks):

<---div class="blockquote"--->Insert text of the quote here<---/div>

And it will look like this:

Insert text of the quote here

Remember, if you quote from an article, please link back to the article, copyrights can be a tricky thing.


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