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  • Filtered HTML:
    • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
    • Allowed HTML tags: <p> <a> <i> <em> <b> <strong> <u> <strike> <hr> <blockquote> <br> <dl> <dd> <div> <ul> <ol> <li> <img> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <address> <pre> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td> <input> <sup> <sub> <span> <article> <aside> <datalist> <details> <figcaption> <figure> <mark> <meter> <output> <progress> <summary> <time> <wbr>

      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
      By default paragraph tags are automatically added, so use this tag to add additional ones.<p>Paragraph one.</p> <p>Paragraph two.</p>

      Paragraph one.

      Paragraph two.

      Anchors are used to make links to other pages.<a href="http://ksj.mit.edu">Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT</a>Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT
      Italicized<i>Italicized</i>Italicized
      Emphasized<em>Emphasized</em>Emphasized
      Bolded<b>Bolded</b>Bolded
      Strong<strong>Strong</strong>Strong
      Underlined<u>Underlined</u>Underlined
      No help provided for tag strike.
      No help provided for tag hr.
      Block quoted<blockquote>Block quoted</blockquote>
      Block quoted
      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
      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 div.
      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
      No help provided for tag img.
      Header<h2>Subtitle</h2>

      Subtitle

      Header<h3>Subtitle three</h3>

      Subtitle three

      Header<h4>Subtitle four</h4>

      Subtitle four

      Header<h5>Subtitle five</h5>
      Subtitle five
      Header<h6>Subtitle six</h6>
      Subtitle six
      No help provided for tag address.
      Preformatted<pre>Preformatted</pre>
      Preformatted
      Table<table> <tr><th>Table header</th></tr> <tr><td>Table cell</td></tr> </table>
      Table header
      Table cell
      No help provided for tag tbody.
      No help provided for tag input.
      Superscripted<sup>Super</sup>scriptedSuperscripted
      Subscripted<sub>Sub</sub>scriptedSubscripted
      No help provided for tag span.
      No help provided for tag article.
      No help provided for tag aside.
      No help provided for tag datalist.
      No help provided for tag details.
      No help provided for tag figcaption.
      No help provided for tag figure.
      No help provided for tag mark.
      No help provided for tag meter.
      No help provided for tag output.
      No help provided for tag progress.
      No help provided for tag summary.
      No help provided for tag time.
      No help provided for tag wbr.

      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
      Ampersand&amp;&
      Greater than&gt;>
      Less than&lt;<
      Quotation mark&quot;"
    • Lines and paragraphs are automatically recognized. The <br /> line break, <p> paragraph and </p> close paragraph tags are inserted automatically. If paragraphs are not recognized simply add a couple blank lines.
  • Plain Text:
    • No HTML tags allowed
    • Lines and paragraphs are automatically recognized. The <br /> line break, <p> paragraph and </p> close paragraph tags are inserted automatically. If paragraphs are not recognized simply add a couple blank lines.