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  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <object> <embed> <div> <table> <tr> <td> <img> <iframe> <h2> <br> <hr /> <style> <video> <span>

    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 DescriptionYou TypeYou Get
    Anchors are used to make links to other pages.<a href="">Association for Progressive Communications</a>Association for Progressive Communications
    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
    Definition lists are similar to other HTML lists. <dl> begins the definition list, <dt> begins the definition term and <dd> begins the definition description.<dl> <dt>First term</dt> <dd>First definition</dd> <dt>Second term</dt> <dd>Second definition</dd> </dl>
    First term
    First definition
    Second term
    Second definition
    No help provided for tag object.
    No help provided for tag embed.
    No help provided for tag div.
    Table<table> <tr><th>Table header</th></tr> <tr><td>Table cell</td></tr> </table>
    Table header
    Table cell
    No help provided for tag img.
    No help provided for tag iframe.


    By default line break tags are automatically added, so use this tag to add additional ones. Use of this tag is different because it is not used with an open/close pair like all the others. Use the extra " /" inside the tag to maintain XHTML 1.0 compatibilityText with <br />line breakText with
    line break
    No help provided for tag hr.
    No help provided for tag style.
    No help provided for tag video.
    No help provided for tag span.

    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 DescriptionYou TypeYou Get
    Greater than&gt;>
    Less than&lt;<
    Quotation mark&quot;"
  • Images can be added to this post.
  • Textile Help

    Block modifier syntax:

    CSS attributes can be applied to blocks (paragraphs, headers, etc.). CSS classes are specifed with (class); CSS IDs are specified with (#id); both can be specified with (class#id). An arbtirary CSS style can be applied by using {style}. Finally, language attributes are applied using [language].

    Additionally, alignment and indentation shorthands are provided. To left-align, right-align, center, and justify text, use <, >, =, and <>, respectively. ( left-indents a block 1em for each occurrence, and ) right-indents similarly.

    Tables have additional options. ^, -, and ~ specify top, middle, and bottom vertical alignment. The _ attribute on a cell indicates that it is a table header.

    The examples below illustrate these attributes.

    textile input output


    hx. (where x is 1 - 6)
    h1. Heading


    h2(class). Heading with class

    Heading with class


    p=. Centered text

    Centered text

    p())(#id). Indented text with ID

    Indented text with ID

    Block quotes

    bq(class#id). Quote with class and ID
    Quote with class and ID
    bq[en]. English quote
    English quote

    Ordered lists

    {color: blue}# Attributes specified
    # before the first item
    # affect the whole list
    1. Attributes specified
    2. before the first item
    3. affect the whole list

    Unordered lists

    * Lists can have
    ## subitems or
    ## sublists
    * too
    • Lists can have
      1. subitems or
      2. sublists
    • too


    fnx. (where x is 1 - 100)
    fn17. Footnote

    17 Footnote


    |_. A|_. B|_. C|
    (dark). |very|simple|table|
    |<. left|=. center|>. right|
    |^{height:3em}. top|-. middle|~. bottom|
    A B C
    very simple table
    left center right
    top middle bottom

    Phrase modifier syntax:

    The class, ID, style, and language attributes described above also apply to the span phrase modifier as shown below.

    textile input output
    _emphasis_ emphasis
    __italic__ italic
    *strong* strong
    **bold** bold
    ??citation?? citation
    -delete text- deleted text
    +inserted text+ inserted text
    ^superscript^ superscript
    ~subscript~ subscript
    @code@ code
    %(class)span% span
    %{color:red;}span% span
    ==no textile== no textile
    "link text": link text
    "link text(title)": link text
    !/en/misc/druplicon.png(alt text)! alt text
    ABC(Always Be Closing) ABC
    Footnote reference[10] Footnote reference10
  • Acidfree inline tags
  • It is possible to change the way the [acidfree:nnn] tags look by adding a few name/value pairs. Note that any value that has spaces in it must be quoted either with single quotes ' or with double quotes ". Currently, the choices are:
    • title: use this string as the caption (Note that you can have the node title be the default caption by modifying the setting in admin/settings/acidfree)
    • align: {left,right}
    • size: {M, WxH} where M=max dimension and WxH=WidthxHeight
    • link: 'none', 'album', or relative or absolute url e.g. or node/59. If set to none, thumbnail will not be a link. If set to album, link will point to album of selected item.
    • popup: any value. If set, it will cause the link to be a popup link
    • style: CSS style information for the image
    • class: additional class for the image
    • [acidfree:1234 size=300 align=right] - right aligned thumbnail of node 1234 with max dimension of 300 pixels
    • [acidfree:4321] - left aligned thumbnail of node 4321 (default thumbnail size)
    • [acidfree:3241 align=left size=320x240] - right aligned thumbnail of node 3241 with size = 320x240
    • [acidfree:3241 title='This is a different title' size=320 popup=true link="http://mysite.dom/"] - left aligned thumbnail of node 3241 with a title set, size = 320x240, link pointing to mysite.dom and target=blank_ set in the anchor
    • [acidfree:3241 link=none class='my-image your-image' style="border: 2 px grey inset;"] - left aligned thumbnail of 3241, default size, class set and new style info
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