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Contributing an Article or A Crash Course in HTML

by Kevin Blocksidge, 10 Jan. 2004

Have an idea to share with the community? Want to contribute but don't know how? In this article I will explain how you can write your own article, simply and easily.
I have created a template for anyone to use to create his or her own article. It can be found here. Of course, if you are unfamiliar with HTML, the template is of no use.

The best resource I can recommend for learning HTML is W3 Schools. You will find a detailed runthrough of many common HTML tags, and unique "Try-It-Yourself" pages.

But to create a nice article, you probably won't need all those tags. In my opinion, you will only need 9. In fact, to create this article, I only used 5!

Tags that affect Text

Paragraphs
To make easy to read paragraphs, use the <p> and </p> tags.

Line Break
Sometimes the paragraph tag isn't needed. Use the <br> tag to force a line break.

Headings
Headings are created using the <h1> and </h1> tags. By changing the number following the "h", you can create smaller and small headings. Any number between 1 and 6 will work.

Horizontal Rule
A horizontal rule can also help divide an article up into readable sections. Use the <hr> tag to create a horizontal line.

Preformated Text
If you want text to appear just how it does when you type it, use the <pre> and </pre> tags.

Bold and Italics
Bold text is created using the <b> and </b> tags. Italic text is created using the <i> and </i> tags.

Images and Links

Links
The <a href="url">Text</a> tag will create a link. The <a href="url" target="_blank"> Text</a> tag will open a link in a new browser window.

Images
The <img src="image url"> tag will create an image in your webpage. Be sure that the image URL ends in ".jpg", ".bmp", or something similar.

Images as Links
If you want to make an image send the user to another page, or a larger version of the picture, use the <a href="link url"><img border="0" src="image url"></a> tag.


With the knowledge of how to use these 9 simple tags, you should be well on your way to creating your own articles to share with the community! If you have any confusion, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at Bricksidge@yahoo.com

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