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Input formats:
  • Filtered HTML:
    • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>

      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="">Aldon's Librivox Feed</a>Aldon's Librivox Feed
      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

      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;"
    • 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.
    • Easily link to terms in various wikis or other websites by typing [prefix:term]. Use the "|" character to create a "piped link," e.g., "[w:public transport|public transportation]" displays as "public transportation." For a full list of available prefixes and the websites to which they point, see interwiki.
  • Plain text:
    • Web and e-mail addresses are automatically converted into links.
    • 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.
  • Textile:
    • Textile Help

      Block modifier syntax:

      CSS attributes can be applied to blocks (paragraphes, 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":url link text
      "link text(title)":url link text
      !imageurl(alt text)! alt text
      ABC(Always Be Closing) ABC
      Footnote reference[17] Footnote reference17