Help with Posting:


Creating Links:

You can make a link to another website by using the following footnote-like syntax.  Just put brackets around the word/phrase that you'd like to turn into a link, then right after that put your footnote number also in brackets, and finally on a new line below the paragraph you're typing, put the footnote-number followed by a colon and the link address.  For example:

You should go see [this neat site][01] right now.

[01]: www.some-neat-website.com/some/page/

Or, to link to a page within this site, leave off the thenamesmaria.com and just type the rest:

Visit [my photos page][02] for interesting things, such as photos.

[02]: /photos/

Depending on your access level, you may be allowed to include javascript code in your post, for example:

Turn this link red by [clicking on it][10] .

[10]: javascriptcode: this.style.color='red'; return false

Finally, to link to a post on this blog, for example post 17, use this format:

I created [this post][8] a long time ago.

[8]: ::post::17

Note that the footnote-number doesn't strictly have to be a number; it can contain letters too.  And if you're creating multiple links, the footnote-numbers don't have to be in any kind of order.




Posting Images:


To post an image, put [image1here] in the body of your post, wherever you'd like the image to appear.  You can include multiple images with [image2here], [image3here], etc.




Formatting Text:


You can also format text by surrounding it in any of the following [X]...[/X] tags:

[i]italic text[/i],
[b]bold text[/b],
[u]underlined text[/u],
[s]strikethrough text[/s], and
[monospace]fixed-width text[/monospace].




Making Headings:


[h1]Biggest[/h1],
[h2]Bigger[/h2],
[h3]Big[/h3],
[h4]Normal[/h4],
[h5]Small[/h5],
[h6]Tiny[/h6],




Quoting & Indenting:


You can indent/quote a block of text by putting it...

[blockquote]
...between these guys.
[/blockquote]


You can optionally include a person's name, if you're quoting them:
[blockquote="Anthony"]
something that Anthony said goes here.
[/blockquote]




Posting Code:


If you want to post some text without having any formatting applied, for example to post programming code, put it:

[code]
inside a code block.
[/code]


Depending on this site's configuration, you may be allowed to post HTML code in your message.  If so, then in order to post a literal greater-than or less-than sign, you must put a space on both sides of it.




Color-Coding Conversations:


If you want to represent a conversation between two people by color-coding each person's comments, do this:

[c1div]Jack: why did the chicken cross the road?[/c1div]

[c2div]Jill: to get to the other side.[/c2div]

Or, if you want to color-code within a single paragraph, use "span" instead of "div":

Jack said, "[c1span]why did the chicken cross the road[/c1span]," and Jill replied "[c2span]to get to the other side[/c2span]."

(Note to webmasters: this results in <span class="cX">...</span> (or div), so you need something like ".c1 { color: blue; } .c2 { color: red; }" in your stylesheet to make it happen.)