BRI Eagle Blog Tagging

For the BRI eagle blog or other blogs that use the comment window and allow the <b>, <i> and <a> tags.

Note: <strong> and <em> tags are alternatives to <b> and <i> and can be used in the comment box. At some time in the future their usage may become mandatory.

I suggest ALWAYS using PREVIEW to ensure everything looks as you intend BEFORE PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT.

<a> tag is used to insert a clickable link and is closed with </a>.

To insert a link, copy the following line into the blog comment box and replace LINK_LOCATION with the link's URL (e.g., http://someplace.somewhere/picture.gjg) and replace DESCRIPTIVE_TEXT with a brief description.

<a href="LINK_LOCATION">DESCRIPTIVE_TEXT</a>

When you click the PREVIEW button, the link will appear and you can PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT. If you want to test the link before Publishing, right click on it and select Open in New Window (or Tab.)

Two other usages of TARGET are:

<a href="LINK_LOCATION" target="_blank">DESCRIPTIVE_TEXT</a>

<a href="LINK_LOCATION" target="blue">DESCRIPTIVE_TEXT</a>

In the first (_blank), the link will open in a new browser window, leaving the original open. If another link, which uses this code, is clicked before closing the first, a third browser window will open. Note: the underscore is part of the code.
The second is similar in it will open another browser window, but if it is used in several links, each new click will overwrite the second browser window. You can replace "blue" with any name. Each link with a different target name will open in a different window.
"_blank", "blue", "any_other" can be mixed on a page to provide different window behavior.

<b> tag is used to bold text and is closed with </b>.

When you Preview or Publish <b>here's how this will</b> look.

When you Preview or Publish here's how this will look.

<i> tag is used for italicized text and is closed with </i>.

When you Preview or Publish <i>here's how this will</i> look.

When you Preview or Publish here's how this will look.

<b><i> can be used together and are closed with </i></b>.

When you Preview or Publish <b><i>here's how this will</i></b> look.

When you Preview or Publish here's how this will look.

Some bloggers use <a> to post blue underlined text, which results in a link-looking/link-acting non-link. That is not proper use of the tag. There are tags for other forms of emphasis and since the leave your comment window says tags "like" <b> , <i>, <a> I tried the <img> (image), <u> (underline) and <font color> tags and none work. I searched help, and finally found a line that says it "only" accepts the three. What to do about that?

Movin posted that he didn't think the tags would work in email or other blogs. That is true, each has its own methods. In Google Blogger after you type text in the comment window and click publish, the software converts your text to HTML code, inserts the header and time and adds it to the page. Email and other blogging clients may offer links, text formatting, picture inserting, etc., and you need to learn the procedure used.

Let's say you see a feature in a blog or on a web page and you want to duplicate it. How do you do it? First, you may not be able to use it in the blog, or it may use something not available to you like Java, but let's look at one of the eagle blogs.

On Wednesday, May 2, 2007, I wrote a comment about text formating in the NCTC blog in this post. How would you see the HTML tags for the post?

I use Firefox, the menu items for Internet Explorer are in parens.

1. Find something distinctive in my post. The year and time will do so copy those: 2007 2:29:00.

2. On your browser's menu click on View, then Page Source (I.E. - View, Source).

3. Click Edit, Find (I.E. - Search).

4. Paste or enter the year and time in the find box and the location of the text will appear (I.E. - Find).

5. Because the entire blog post may be on one line, carefully look for the feature you want.

6. When you find it you can study it or copy and save it for future use. Let's say you want to know how I did a bold and italicized link, something I didn't explain. You know the text and probably have an idea of the tag, so you would find I combined all three tags:
<B><I><A HREF="http://sparerep.us/eagle/link_instruction.html" REL="nofollow">here</I></B></A>
Actually, the REL="nofollow" is generated by the Blogger software and you don't have to enter it.

Notice the tags are in caps, that's a common coding practice. You can tag in either case and the blogger software will take care of case. However, be aware that the domain portion of a URL ( http://sparerep.us/) is NOT case sensitive, but everything after it (eagle/link_instruction.html ) IS.