Odin's Guide to HTML
Odin's Guide to HTML(corrected)
HTML is easy--just a series of codes that are typed within funny little brackets that tell the reader's browser what to do. For example, the letter "P" will make a paragragh, the letter "B" will make text bold, and "I" will make italics.
Let's start with an example. If you want to post a poem on this site and have it look like this:
Then the html code will look like this:
Note that most commands have to have both an opening and a closing so that the browser knows where to stop the effect. You close a command simply by typing a "/" before the same command you opened with. (The exception to this rule is the paragraph code. You can close paragraphs with a /P command, but it's not really necessary.)
The last line of the poem shows how to make a link. Use the A HREF code and include the URL of the site in quotation marks. And don't forget to put the /A afterwards, or you'll make the whole message a link like Katynka did last week.
Those are the basics. If you get into it and want to learn more about HTML and Web design, I highly recommend the Web Monkey site.
Addendum: If you write your posts in a word processing program (such as Word) and then copy and paste into the guestbook, you need to do one extra step. After you've pasted into the guestbook box, go back and type over the quotation marks, especially in any link you make. If your word processing is set to have "smart" (i.e., curly) quotation marks, this could cause problems. When you retype them in the guestbook, they'll be plain, straight quotes and the html will work. If not, take two catnips and email me in the morning.