Compose tips

input formats:
  • Filtered HTML:
    • 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.
    • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd><img><h1><h2><h3><h4><p><embed><object><param>

      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="http://mije.org">The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education</a>The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
      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.
      Header<h1>Title</h1>

      Title

      Header<h2>Subtitle</h2>

      Subtitle

      Header<h3>Subtitle three</h3>

      Subtitle three

      Header<h4>Subtitle four</h4>

      Subtitle four

      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.

      No help provided for tag embed.
      No help provided for tag object.
      No help provided for tag param.

      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;"
    • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Full HTML:
    • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
    • SWF Tools Filter

      The basic syntax for embedding a flash file (.swf), flash movie (.flv) or audio file (.mp3) is:

      [swf file="filename.swf"]

      If you would like to override SWF Tools and flash player default settings, you can specify additional parameters. For example:

      [swf file="song.mp3" flashvars="backcolor=#AABBCC&&forecolor=#11AA11"]

      If you would like to output a list of files then the format is:

      [swf files="image1.jpg&&image2.jpg&&..."]
      SWF Tools Filter will accept following:
      • params : You can specify values for parameters to be passed to Flash to control the appearance of the output. Typical values are bgcolor and wmode. Example: params="wmode=true&&bgcolor="#00FF00" Alternatively you can supply each parameter individually without using params. Example wmode="true" bgcolor="#00FF00"
      • flashvars : You can specify values for output as flashvars, which become available to the Flash movie that is playing. This is often done to control a media player. Refer to the documentation of the flash player you are using to know what flashvar options are available. Example: flashvars="autostart=true&&volume=80"
      • methods : Optional information about how to display the file. The most common usage is to specify a particular media player and thus override the default specified on the settings page. Example: methods="player=onepixelout_mp3"

      WARNING: with params, flashvars and othervars, pass multiple values separated by &&.

    • Video Filter

      You may insert videos from popular video sites by using a simple tag [video:URL].

      Examples:

      • Single video:
        [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN1qUeId]
      • Random video out of multiple:
        [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN1qUeId1,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN1qUeId2]
      • Override default autoplay setting: [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN1qUeId autoplay:1]
      • Override default width and height:
        [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN1qUeId width:X height:Y]
      • Override default aspect ratio:
        [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN1qUeId ratio:4/3]
      • Align the video:
        [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN1qUeId align:right]

      Supported sites: Archive.org, Blip.tv, Capped, College Humor, DailyMotion, Flickr Slideshows, Flickr Video, Game Trailers, Game Videos, GodTube, Google Video, Meta Cafe, MySpace, Picasa Slideshows, Slideshare, Streamhoster, Teachertube, Vimeo, Wistia, YouTube, YouTube (Playlist).

      Special instructions:

      Some codecs need special input. You'll find those instructions here.
      • Picasa Slideshows:
        You must use the URL of the RSS feed for the Picasa album:
        1. View the album in Picasa (you should see thumbnails, not a slideshow).
        2. Find the "RSS" link and click it.
        3. Copy the resulting URL from the browser address bar. Example:
          [video: http://picasaweb.google.com/data/feed/base/user/USER_NAME/albumid/5568104935784209834?alt=rss&kind=photo&hl=en_US]
      • Slideshare:
        You need to construct your own URL, using the "Wordpress Embed" code from Slideshare, extract the "id", and form the URL like this: slideshare.net/1759622
  • Basic:
    • 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.
    • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
    • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <ul> <ol> <li> <b> <i> <br> <p>

      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="http://mije.org">The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education</a>The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
      Emphasized<em>Emphasized</em>Emphasized
      Strong<strong>Strong</strong>Strong
      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
      Bolded<b>Bolded</b>Bolded
      Italicized<i>Italicized</i>Italicized
      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
      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.

      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;"