Wednesday, 29 June 2011

What The Hell Are HTML Tags!?

Not a word of a lie, this was the subject line of an email I received after I published a lens over at Squidoo. And I have to say, it's my own fault. I certainly don't want my readers here to miss out so here it is guys. All the HTML tags you'll need in your quest for online riches via article marketing or even for use in your websites and blogs.

Now unfortunately I'm unable to create an example for each of them with this system so there's going to be a little trial and error on you part until I figure out a way around it.

(Psst...is anyone listening? I'm actually out on the town at the moment and since the hubby is taking forever I thought I would email a post in...clever, huh?)

  • <b>Bold</b>
  • <strong>STRONG</strong>
  • <i>Italics</i>
  • <em>Emphasis</em>
  • <u>Underline</u>
  • <strike>strikethrough</strike> 
  • <br> is used to force a hard line return. Use this HTML tag to prevent the system from trying to wrap your short sentences together into one paragraph.
  • <blockquote>creates an indented paragraph</blockquote>
  • <XMP> and </XMP> are used to display HTML code if you want to show the HTML code instead of your system interpreting your code as HTML commands. Make sense? So if you write the tags as an example like mine are now, the system could hide them. Using XMP allows them to remain visible.
  • <OL> makes a numbered list </OL>
  •  <UL> tags make a to bullet point list </UL> 
  • <p> and </p> are the "create paragraph" tags. 
  • <IMG SRC> Image tags
  • <H1>, <H2>, <H3> -  these are the tags that you use to create headings Heading 1 is largest and depending on where you're writing, there are many sizes you can use--I think Wordpress has 6 heading sizes (?)
  • The <HR> horizontal line tag.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT HTML TAGS...

The most common mistake you can make is forgetting to close your tags. It's uber important that you remember to do this other wise that one word or sentence that you wanted to highlight gets lost because every word becomes highlighted.

It works like this: You want to make a few words bold so you're going to use the <b> tag. Every word you write after that tag is going to be bold too...unless you close by using this </b> tag. See what I mean?

That little  /  (forward slash symbol) is basically the cancel button.

<b>  means start bold
</b> means stop bold

Okay guys, off you go and in the words of Hugh Neutron (that's Jimmy Neutron's father for those of you who don't have little boys)...

"Haaave FUN with it!!"

Go ahead - I know you're busting to give it a try! The comments box below supports most of these tags so have a practice =)

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