"HTML," is "hypertex markup language," and is code commonly used on websites and blogs. Most blogging software now has a WYSIWYG ("What You See Is What You Get") editor, which means that you don't need to be an expert in HTML code to blog. However, there are times when knowing the basics can come in very handy - especially when you're trying to fix formatting errors in a post, or adjust something minor in one of your sidebar widgets.
So, for the next few days we're going to discuss some very basic HTML code that every blogger should know. Today, let's talk about paragraph formatting. Notice that every example below has a beginning tag, which begins with a "<" and ends with a ">", and an ending tag, which begins with "<", then "/" and ends with ">".
Following is an example of the code that is placed at the beginning and end of a paragraph. This code will automatically put a space between paragraphs in most blogging software.
Offset Quotes (Indented Paragraphs)
The following is an example of code that can be used to offset quotes, or indent paragraphs.
The fist set of code below ("ul") is an example of a bulleted list (the style and format of the bullet point is usually already set in your blogging software), and the second ("ol") is for a numbered list.
The following is example of code that can be used to align your paragraphs, text, and photos to the right, left, center, or justified.
Headings formats are numbered in descending order, from largest to smallest. Therefore, this:
Would look like this:
That's basic paragraph formatting. Tomorrow, we'll talk about text formatting.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is a trainer and tech writer in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. Her weakness is the mocha frappuccino.