We have all seen them. What the heck does basic HTML allowed mean?
Comment boxes around the Internet have the words “Basic HTML allowed”. What does this mean?
Well, HTML is an Internet programming language. Don’t get scared! Programming languages are easy to learn if you have the time and the mentality. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It is mainly used to make webpages, and, apparently, to comment with more formatting.
HTML is a code that programmers make. Then, a browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc, basically “translates” the code into something that us humans can understand.
You can make text italics, bold, or sometimes even typewriter text if the comment box allows HTML. This can make your text stand out. See?
Italicizing and bolding text is easy with HTML.
Almost every command in HTML has tags in the front and back, like <something> anything </something>. Notice the last tag has a slash. Most HTML tags are in pairs, and the tag that ends something has a slash between the < and the command. For example, if you wanted to use italics, you would write:
<I>This is in italics</I>
It doesn’t matter if the stuff inside that < and > (whatever you call them) is capitalized or lowercase. I usually write it capitalized just because it is easy to see and grabs my attention.
So, now you know how to write italicized text in HTML: <I>something</I>
Don’t forget the slash in the ending tag. This tells the computer if the tag starts something or ends something.
And of course, if italics are <I>, bold text is <B>. Makes sense, right?
If I wanted to bold something, I would write <B>Great article!</B>. That makes the text bold.
If you wanted to use typewriter text, make sure the comment box supports this type of text. Many comment boxes that support some HTML don’t support typewriter text. Most of the “basic HTML allowed” texts have a link that pops up. Click on the link, and it will tell you what type of HTML it supports. Italics and bolded text are almost always allowed, but sometimes typewriter text isn’t.
Use typewriter text by doing <TT>something</TT>.
All of these commands are easy to do and can help spice up your comments.