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  • Filtered HTML:
    • Allowed HTML tags: <b> <i> <hr> <strike> <sub> <sup> <table> <tr> <td> <tbody> <thead> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <p> <a> <br> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <img>

      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
      Bolded<b>Bolded</b>Bolded
      Italicized<i>Italicized</i>Italicized
      No help provided for tag hr.
      No help provided for tag strike.
      Subscripted<sub>Sub</sub>scriptedSubscripted
      Superscripted<sup>Super</sup>scriptedSuperscripted
      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 thead.
      Header<h1>Title</h1>

      Title

      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
      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://www.un-spider.org">UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal</a>UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal
      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
      Emphasized<em>Emphasized</em>Emphasized
      Strong<strong>Strong</strong>Strong
      Cited<cite>Cited</cite>Cited
      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
      No help provided for tag img.

      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.
    • You can insert footnotes directly into texts with [# ...]. This will be replaced with a running number (the footnote reference) and the text within the [# ...] tags will be moved to the bottom of the page (the footnote). This filter outputs footnotes in Textile format. You should use it together and before the Textile filter.
    • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically. (Better URL filter.)
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