This entry will show you how to post a comment and add bells and whistles like italics, bold, strikeouts, hyperlinks and underlines if you want to.
Before I get started I should mention your first entry here will be held for moderation, it’s nothing against you personally. If you post more than two links, it will also be held for approval. More than four and you get an annoying error message. Again, it’s nothing personal. It’s a feature of the software to prevent spamming.
Posting a comment is pretty simple. At the end of each entry, you will see this box (below). The instructions should be self explanatory. Another entry that may be helpful is How to promote your business on blogs.
Nothing below this point is required. You may safely ignore it. This is just a guide if you want to spiff up your comments to do what you see others doing.
Let’s assume you really want to emphasize a point. You can either bold it, underline it or italicize it. The way you do this is through html tags, also called switches. Tags use the less than (<) and more than (>) symbols to form one side of a switch -think of a circuit- which you have to turn on and off. You turn on the italics (or bold etc) at the beginning of where you want it to start and you add the off portion of the switch where you want the italics to end. The off portion of the switch has the / symbol. If your comment is in all italics (unintentionally), you forgot the off switch. If none of it is, you need the on switch.
<b> = bold on; </b> = bold off
<i> = italics on; </i> = italics off
<u> = underline; </u> = underline off
<s> = strikeout; </s> = strikeout off.
- If you want to emphasize certain words with bold, copy and paste the html like so:
If you want to <b>emphasize certain words with bold</b>, copy and paste the html like so
- Italicizing something is just as straightforward; you’d use the “i” html tag which would look like this:
Italicizing something is just as straightforward;<i>you’d use the “i” html tag</i> which would look like this:
Now, if in responding to someone else’s comment you wanted to copy their words and add your comment beneath that, you’d put in the <i> at the beginning of where the quote begins and then you’d close it with the off switch </i>. Then you’d add your comment below that.
- Not to complicate matters but instead of italics, you can also use a tag for block quoting to make the quote stand out as separate, the text is indented on either side. It’s a matter of personal preference whichever you use. The html tag for block quoting is:
<blockquote>text in blockquote</blockquote>
- Strikeout is used mostly to be funny or sarcastic. For example, my spouse can never resist a bit of sarcasm (and you wonder where I get it from). He blogged our wedding vows as “I promise to love, honor and obey cherish you”. The html for this is:
I promise to love, honor and <s>obey</s> cherish you.
Now let’s assume you want to include the location of files, images or websites from your comment as a hyperlink. To do this, you need html code rather than tags but if you notice, this works in the same way.
- If you want to add a link to another website, the coding is:
If you want to add a link to <a href=”http://anotherwebsite.com“>another website</a> , the coding is
- Now let’s assume you want to include your email address as a hyperlink in your comment. As you know, even if you fill in the email address box (required) on the comment form, it is not published. The coding to hyperlink your email address is:
The coding to hyperlink your <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org“>email address</a> is
You can put anything in the section that says “hyperlink text” but I strongly discourage you from repeating your email address because spiders crawl sites looking for email addresses to spam. It’s better to write something like “my email address”, “email me” or “contact me”.
This is not intended as a complete list of formatting options that are possible. You can find a list here but again, not all of those will work in comments.
Any other questions about formatting your comments? I’ll update this post as needed. In the meantime, please consider using this entry as a scratch pad. If you like, you can enter test comments using the formatting instructions I’ve given you.