A.R.M. (kinkyturtle) wrote,

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HTML Tips 'n Tricks with KT

Hey, internet fans! Ever have that problem where you forget to close an HTML tag? Or use the wrong closing tag, so it doesn't take? And even though, say, only one word is supposed to be italicized, or bolded, or underlined, the tag affects all the text you type from that point on down to the end of the article?

Maybe even entire paragraphs?
Boy, that can be embarrassing, can't it?

I know what you're going to say next: "Gee, KT, I've never seen that happen to you! How do you, what's your secret? Are you simply the most perfect writer in the whole world, who has a perfect memory and never makes mistakes?" Hah, I wish!

Here's my secret: When I'm typing text with an HTML formatting tag in it, or quotation marks, or parentheses, or any kind of delimiting character, I type both the opening and the closing characters first, then fill in the stuff in between.

For instance, to type a quote, such as "Hello, world!", instead of typing quote-H-e-l-l-o-comma-space-w-o-r-l-d-bang-quote, I type quote-quote-leftarrow-H-e-l-l-o-comma-space-w-o-r-l-d-bang. That way, there's no chance of forgetting that closing quote, no matter how long or complicated the quoted text is or how much I edit it.

In the same fashion, to italicize some text on a webpage, just type <-i->-<-/-i->-left-left-left-left and then type the text. By typing the opening and closing tags at the same time, there's no chance of forgetting the closing tag, or mismatching them, ooo or forgetting to type the slash! Very important, the slash.

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