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24 August 2011 @ 04:07 pm
here. have some HTML help.  
whenidance's guide to surviving the new rich text hot mess

This will probably be the only public entry I'll ever make here. WHEE! :D

Some people are having problems posting large blocks of text in the rich text editor. Since it doesn't seem like LJ is fixing it any time soon, throw rich text out the window and use HTML only. valentina_says asked me this weekend what I did in high school extracurricular wise, and teaching myself HTML when the computer nerds couldn't is the only thing that's even remotely helpful 10 years later.

Basically, if you open an HTML tag, you have to have a corresponding HTML tag to turn it off - telling it to stop being bold or underlined or whatever.

Here's commonly used stuff. When I'm writing in word, I just hand code all of my bold, italics, underlines, etc so it's all ready to go and I don't have to go back and do it.

Bold: <b>TEXT</b>
Italics: <i>TEXT</i>
Underline: <u>TEXT</u>
Strike: <strike>TEXT</strike>

I know Megan uses line breaks, <hr> gives you a line break like this.

To insert a link, the code is <a href="URL">TEXT</a>, replacing the URL with the address of where you want the link to go.

To insert an image, the code is <img src="URL"> replacing the URL with the image code.

LJ cuts - <lj-cut text="Whatever you want the cut to say"> and then all of the text inside your cut followed by </lj-cut>. The code for a LJ username is <lj user="whenidance">.

If you're posting straight into the HTML from word, you don't have to worry about paragraph breaks. The HTML side keeps them. IDK what funky stuff the rich text is doing but you don't need <p>, <br>, or <div> codes unless you're trying to align text - if you want to center a block of text, I always use <center>TEXT</center>. To right align something, you can use the P tags - <p align="right">TEXT</p> - that works with center aligning too, I'm just lazy and use the center tags since they're easier to type.

I also usually don't mess with font color and size - but the tags to do that are <font size="8pt" color="pink"> and then close yourself up with </font>. The size is just corresponding to the numbers in word - you can also use the numbers 1-6 and the HTML will size accordingly (1 is the smallest, 6 the largest). The color, you can either throw in the word of a color or a HEX code - if you don't know what a HEX code is, don't worry about it!

There's probably something like this out there, but I was too lazy to find it. My recommendation is to never look at the rich text side again and come to the HTML dark side. It's confusing at first but SO MUCH easier once you get the hang of it. Like, any time I post anything, all I have to do is copy and paste because I've done the formatting all along. If anyone has any questions on anything, I'm definitely willing to attempt to help. :)
six parts gin to one part ruin: glee - finn hazyjayne on August 24th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
<333333 You have far more patience than I have.


(You might want to add in something about adding images as well...)
lucie caboosie: GLEE: kurt prom proposal whiskwhenidance on August 24th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
(images are in the middle somewhere :D)

I used to teach computer classes, so I have lots of patience for this kind of stuff! Can I have my old job back plz?
six parts gin to one part ruin: glee - kurt hazyjayne on August 24th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)

Can you tell I write documentation?

I have to do some one on one training as part of my job and I only have just about enough patience for that...
I was a taller girl too, once.regala_electra on August 24th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Since I've NEVER used the rich text, I feel bad for people having to relearn a new system but it's really easy, guys! I'm the least tech savvy person ever and using html is super easy. No need to do line or paragraph breaks and when I copy paste fic from word, all I have to do to finish off my fics is add the read more lj cuts since I code any italics or bold use in my fic before posting..
Valentinavalentina_says on August 24th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
I feel bad for everyone who's never done any html before. I'm suddenly very glad for the html coding I do know.
♫ L I N D S A Y ♫neverletgo on August 25th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
"I feel bad for everyone who's never done any html before. I'm suddenly very glad for the html coding I do know."

Same here!
magdalena maria, present: phoebeorangepancakesnsyrup on October 24th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Bookmarking for future reference. :)