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Scarab
Vote Grugg
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Creating Links and Formatting Text: A Tutorial

In my quest to promote good formatting and organized layouts, I have decided to write a short guide to creating links and formatting text when posting on the Red Dragon Inn forums.

First, a small note: Formatting text—for example making it bold or italic—and creating links on these forums is done by using so-called HTML, the type of code that determines what a website looks like. While HTML can be complex, the aspects of it that I will describe in this tutorial are relatively easy to learn and memorize.

Italic Text Italic text is created by typing like this:
<i>An elegant font, for a more civilized age.</i>
Which will look like this:
An elegant font, for a more civilized age.
Bold Text Bold text is created by typing like this:
<b>Darth Vader! Only you could be so bold.</b>
Which will look like this:
Darth Vader! Only you could be so bold.
Links Links are created by typing like this:
Now she is my only <a href="http://www.secretbase.com/howtofindit.html">link</a> to finding their secret base.
Which will look like this:
Now she is my only link to finding their secret base.
Different Text Color Text with different color than the standard red hue is created by typing like this:
<font color="green">Green Group</font>, stick close to holding sector MV-7.
Which will look like this:
Green Group, stick close to holding sector MV-7.
Available colors include most common ones such as "red," "green," "blue," and "yellow," and more uncommon ones such as "cyan" and "magenta." If you are looking for a very specific color, you will have to write down a so-called "hex code." To find this code, do a web search for "HTML color picker" or something similar, and you should find an application for doing that.

A hex code looks something like this: #ff7f00. (This particular hex code is that of a type of orange.)

Different Font Fonts that are available on many computers include Times New Roman—the default font—Arial, Georgia, Trebuchet MS and Courier New. Text with a different font than Times New Roman is created by typing like this:
<font face="Courier New">Beep! Whirr! Whistle! My name is R2-D2!</font>
Which will look like this:
Beep! Whirr! Whistle! My name is R2-D2!
Block Quotes Block quotes are indents on both sides of the text. They are created by typing like this:
<blockquote>Prisoner transfer from
cellblock 1138.</blockquote>
Which will look like this:
Prisoner transfer from cellblock 1138.
Numbered Lists Numbered lists are created by typing like this:
<ol>
<li>The Phantom Menace</li>
<li>Attack of the Clones</li>
<li>Revenge of the Sith</li>
<li>A New Hope</li>
<li>The Empire Strikes Back</li>
<li>Return of the Jedi</li>
</ol>
Which will look like this:
  1. The Phantom Menace
  2. Attack of the Clones
  3. Revenge of the Sith
  4. A New Hope
  5. The Empire Strikes Back
  6. Return of the Jedi
Bulleted Lists Bulleted lists are created by typing like this:
<ul>
<li>Luke Skywalker</li>
<li>Obi-Wan Kenobi</li>
<li>Yoda</li>
</ul>
Which will look like this:
  • Luke Skywalker
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Yoda
Those are the most commonly used formatting options for message boards, but there are of course many more. If you want to learn more, check out W3Schools or do a web search for HTML tutorials.

With that, my tutorial is finished. Or, as a famous man in a black suit and with a well-known voice once put it: "The circle is now complete!" I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and the many Star Wars references in it!

Have fun posting on the Red Dragon Inn forums!


Posted on 2006-08-31 at 12:23:55.
Edited on 2006-09-02 at 04:14:49 by Scarab

Dragondog
Occasional Visitor
Karma: 3/0
36 Posts


Sorry

Sorry Scarab, but that didn't say anything. All we see is the result repeated twice, but no instructions. Or at least that is all I see.


Posted on 2006-08-31 at 14:51:34.

Missy-chan
Newbie
Karma: 1/1
5 Posts


.............................I'm a blonde, so shut up......^*^

*Writes notes down and then raises hand, when called aupon takes a deep breath like getting ready to say some thing long and says* HUN?!


Posted on 2006-08-31 at 16:23:29.

Scarab
Vote Grugg
Karma: 42/10
117 Posts


Oh...

Oh, that's right... I know what the problem is, though, so I'll get to work on fixing it right away!


Posted on 2006-09-02 at 03:53:21.

Scarab
Vote Grugg
Karma: 42/10
117 Posts


There!

That should do it! Let me know if anything is still incorrect or strange in any way and I'll fix it.


Posted on 2006-09-02 at 04:06:35.

Fantasy
Sharlisaurus
Karma: 31/10
529 Posts


a note

oh yes, some people were wondering about placing images up. Maybe you could add that html as well. Could be helpful for many people.



Posted on 2006-09-14 at 04:06:39.
Edited on 2008-05-17 at 15:53:20 by Ayrn

Alacrity
The Tired
RDI Staff
Karma: 291/33
6284 Posts


Images

We don't want people putting images on the site without checking with Olan, myself or a senior Mod. We asked Scarab not to put instructions for image placement because images take a lot of space and bandwidth - which slows down the site immensely.


Posted on 2006-09-14 at 04:55:55.

Fantasy
Sharlisaurus
Karma: 31/10
529 Posts


veggies

ohhh, of course. I should have thought of that. Well then. shall i remove my cauliflower?


Posted on 2006-09-14 at 07:21:49.

Valimar
\m/(-_-)\m/
Karma: 57/15
900 Posts


Never!

You will keep it! It's pretty


Posted on 2006-09-16 at 16:00:11.

Scarab
Vote Grugg
Karma: 42/10
117 Posts


Well...

I was just going to reply, but then Alacrity put it so well himself! Nice cauliflower, by the way.


Posted on 2006-09-27 at 17:32:59.

Niemz
Newbie
Karma: 1/0
4 Posts


affiliates

Do you have a links section. or maybe even affiliates?


Posted on 2006-11-14 at 11:49:13.

Eol Fefalas
Keeper of the Kazari
RDI Staff
Karma: 453/28
7561 Posts


Links...

We do have a links section, Niemz... ya just can't see it yet.

Once the migration/merger of the new site and the old is completed and the front-end pages are up and running, I'm sure that the links section won't be too hard to find. Anything in particular that you're looking for?


Posted on 2006-11-16 at 13:45:49.

Eol Fefalas
Keeper of the Kazari
RDI Staff
Karma: 453/28
7561 Posts


Olan made me a liar! ;)

Okay, so now you can see the links section... El Jefe has apparently just hit us with some extra functionallity and we've got a groovy little menu bar at the top of the page!

Very cool!


Posted on 2006-11-16 at 14:35:01.

t_catt11
Fun is Mandatory
RDI Staff
Karma: 353/55
6362 Posts


not quite...

there is a link label there, but no working page yet.


Posted on 2006-11-16 at 14:36:57.

Niemz
Newbie
Karma: 1/0
4 Posts


Links

I run an AD&D Chat message board, and would like to exchange banners. http://niemz242.proboards25.com/


Posted on 2006-11-21 at 20:24:02.

   
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