Posted on March 16, 2010 by Jennifer Pointer



As we discussed yesterday, in Paragraph Formating, "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.


Today, let's talk about text formating.


Text Formatting


Following is an example of the code that can be used to make your text Bold, Italicized, or Underlined.  This code is courtesy of TXPoet, of Ft. Hard Knox, who inspired this series. This graphic also shows an alternate code for centering text to that we showed yesterday.


HTML Text Formatting

Strike, Superscript, Subscript

The following is an example of code that can be used to strike text, or to create superscript and subscript.





To add COLOR to your text, following is an example of code that will work.  To get your color code, just Google HTML Color Codes, and look on one of any number of color charts.


HTML Color



The following is example of code that can be used to insert a simple hyperlink (link embedded in text, rather than displayed as a url), or a hyperlink that opens in a new window (usually preferred, because this keeps your readers on the original page while the 'visit" the link).




Tomorrow, we'll talk about embedded media (photos, videos), and some blogger protocol and etiquette for doing this properly.





Jennifer PointerJennifer 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.

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