April 7, 2004


Shane informs me that Textile was just installed onto the servers here. This is a good thing because it will make life easier for those of you writing the blogs.

For the uninitiated, Textile is just a syntax language that allows you to quickly/easily add some HTML elements (bold, italics, hyperlinks, lists, etc) to your posts without learning all of the nitty gritty HTML.

Textile isn't enabled by default, so you must enable it on a post-by-post basis. To do this, you click "New Entry" (or edit and old entry) and type in your post as usual. Towards the bottom is a Text Formatting dropdown box. Choose Textile 2.

If you decide you like Textile, you can make it the default Text Formatting option under "Weblog Config" > "Preferences" > "Default Text Formatting for new entries."

Now I'm not going to go over advanced syntax, but there exist numerous online resources to help you.

Basic commands you should know and be aware of:

*strong* - Translates into <strong>strong</strong>.
_emphasis_ - Translates into <em>emphasis</em>.
**bold** - Translates into <b>bold</b>.
__italics__ - Translates into <i>italics</i>.
++bigger++ - Translates into <big>bigger</big>.
--smaller-- - Translates into: <small>smaller</small>.
-deleted text- - Translates into <del>deleted text</del>.
+inserted text+ - Translates into <ins>inserted text</ins>.
^superscript^ - Translates into <sup>superscript</sup>.
~subscript~ - Translates into <sub>subscript</sub>.

Other useful commands are for links:

"link text":http://www.website.to.link.to.com/

And for unordered lists (bullets)

* Item 1
* Item 2
* Item 3

Ordered lists

# Item 1
# Item 2
# Item 3

Images, where the Alternate Text shows up for browsers that cannot show the images or when the mouse cursor is hovered over the image.

!http://path.to/image.file (Alternate Text)!
Posted by froe0071 at April 7, 2004 4:29 PM