— HYPERLINKS —

To embed a hyperlink in your diary, enclose both the URL, and the text you want to display as a link, in brackets, and separate them with at least one space. The following two examples will display only the text “Show Me Progress” as a blue colored hyperlink in your diary.

[http://blog.showmeprogress.com Show Me Progress]

Other sites may require the full HTML code to display a hyperlink. If you want to post a link to Show Me Progress in a comment on another blog, you can copy and paste the following (which will also work here):

<a href=”http://blog.showmeprogress.com”>Show Me Progress</a>


— TEXT FORMATTING —

To italicize, surround the text you want to italicize with <i> on the left and </i> on the right.

To bold, surround the text you want in bold with <b> on the left and </b> on the right.

To underline, surround the text you want underlined with <u> on the left and </u> on the right.

To blockquote, surround the text you want to blockquote with <blockquote&gt on the left and </blockquote> on the right.

To strike out text with a line through it, surround the text you want to strike out with <strike> on the left and </strike> on the right.

To center text on a page, surround the text you want to center with <p align=”center”> on the left and </p> on the right.

To create a gray divider line in your diary, like the gray lines between the sections of this Diary Formatting Tips page, place an <hr> tag where you want the gray line to appear. The <hr> tag can be used by itself and is one of the few HTML tags that does not require a closing </hr> tag.

To create a line feed use a <br> tag. You can use two <br> tags in succession (<br><br>) to create a blank line, or multiple <br> tags in succession to create multiple blank lines. Like <hr> tags, <br> tags do not require closing </br> tags.


— POSTING PICTURES —

To post a picture in your diary, you'll need the URL (web address) of a picture. You can obtain the URL for any picture you find on any web page by right clicking the picture and choosing "properties". For example, you can obtain the URL for the picture of the Missouri Flag Crest in the left sidebar by right clicking on it and choosing properties.

HINT: You can copy the code from any of the boxes below and paste it into your diary, then replace the URL in quotes with the URL of any image you want to display, and adjust the width (max width 800) to suit your preference.

The following line of code will display a picture in your diary. Replace the URL in this example with the URL of the picture you want to display, and adjust the width (max width 800) to your preference (use “preview” to make adjustments). The height will be auto-calculated proportionally – you do not need to specify it.

<img src="http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u65/vradul/Hillobama.jpg&rdquo; width="191" align=”left”>

You can set the “align” parameter to “left” or “right”, to display your picture on either side of the diary page.

TO MAKE YOUR DIARY TEXT “WRAP”, (display BESIDE and BELOW your picture), begin typing the text of your diary immediately following the image code:

<img src="http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u65/vradul/Hillobama.jpg&rdquo; width="191" align=”left”>START TYPING YOUR DIARY TEXT HERE…..

To begin your diary BELOW your picture you’ll need to define your picture as being in a “paragraph” of it’s own. This is done with “paragraph” tags.

TO CENTER YOUR PICTURE and display your diary text BELOW it, REMOVE the “align” parameter from the image code line, and enclose the entire image code line in centering paragraph tags:

<p align=”center”><img src="http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u65/vradul/Hillobama.jpg&rdquo; width="191"><p>

START TYPING YOUR DIARY TEXT HERE…..


— POSTING VIDEOS —

YouTube videos are the easiest and quickest video format you can post in your diary.

When you see a YouTube video on a web page, the picture you are looking at is in effect just a more complex form of hyperlink that, when you click the arrow in the center, streams the video from YouTubes servers and plays it for you.

If you see a YouTube video that you’d like to post, to obtain the “embed” code for that video simply click on the YouTube logo at the bottom right corner of the video and it will take you to the YouTube page for that video.

To the right of the video on the YouTube page you’ll see a box with the title “embed” beside it. Copy the code from that box and paste it into your diary where you want the video to appear.

For example, most if not all of Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comments” on the MSNBC Countdown program are available at YouTube normally within a day or so of broadcast.

There is a search box at YouTube to help you find videos by searching by name or subject or keyword.

Here is Olbermann’s Special Comment on July 03, 2007 calling on George W. Bush to resign:

The “embed” code for that video (available by clicking the YouTube logo) looks like this, and if pasted into your diary will display the video aligned against the left margin, as above:

To post a video in your diary centered on the page, simply enclose the “embed” code in centering paragraph tags (the same as centering pictures, as described above):

<p align=”center”></p>

Posting that code in your diary will display the video centered on the page: