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  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <pre>

    This site allows HTML content. While learning all of HTML may feel intimidating, learning how to use a very small number of the most basic HTML "tags" is very easy. This table provides examples for each tag that is enabled on this site.

    For more information see W3C's HTML Specifications or use your favorite search engine to find other sites that explain HTML.

    Tag Description You Type You Get
    Emphasized <em>Emphasized</em> Emphasized
    Strong <strong>Strong</strong> Strong
    Cited <cite>Cited</cite> Cited
    Coded text used to show programming source code <code>Coded</code> Coded
    Unordered list - use the <li> to begin each list item <ul> <li>First item</li> <li>Second item</li> </ul>
    • First item
    • Second item
    Ordered list - use the <li> to begin each list item <ol> <li>First item</li> <li>Second item</li> </ol>
    1. First item
    2. Second item
    No help provided for tag li.
    Preformatted <pre>Preformatted</pre>
    Preformatted

    Most unusual characters can be directly entered without any problems.

    If you do encounter problems, try using HTML character entities. A common example looks like &amp; for an ampersand & character. For a full list of entities see HTML's entities page. Some of the available characters include:

    Character Description You Type You Get
    Ampersand &amp; &
    Greater than &gt; >
    Less than &lt; <
    Quotation mark &quot; "
  • Lines and paragraphs are automatically recognized. The <br /> line break, <p> paragraph and </p> close paragraph tags are inserted automatically. If paragraphs are not recognized simply add a couple of blank lines.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Lines and paragraphs are automatically recognized. The <br /> line break, <p> paragraph and </p> close paragraph tags are inserted automatically. If paragraphs are not recognized simply add a couple of blank lines.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.