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IMC User's Manual | How to Mark Up Tags and Posts with HTML

Using HTML properly in posts.

IMC recognizes a few of the most commonly used HTML tags, so you can mark up your tags and your in-room posts (as well as posts to the Message Boards) with them. Tags that aren't recognized by IMC will simply be stripped out, so anything you post that doesn't use a legal tag may vanish.

Here is a list of legal HTML tags:

  • <b>: Bold
  • <i>: Italic
  • <u>: Underscore
  • <font>: Lets you define a font. To change the font to Tahoma, for instance, use <font face="Tahoma">. To close a tag, do NOT use another tag -- use </font> instead!
  • <center>: Centers text. Close this with </center>.
  • <spoiler>: Prints an item as black-on-black (which can be revealed by swiping the cursor over it as if selecting the text for copying).
  • <caps>: Renders text in Small Caps format.

If you want to create the < and > characters without them actually being part of a tag, use << and >>.

If you want to post a URL, simply post the URL with the HTTP:// header and it will automatically be converted into a hotlink.

If you want to post an email address and have it converted into a hotlink, prefix it with mailto:.

If you want to create a link with a custom text (i.e., something other than the URL itself), use this format:

"link text"|http://www.url.com

The text to use as the link should be enclosed in quotes.

You can also use hotkeys in IE and Firefox/Netscape to mark up text with HTML:

  • Ctrl-Shift-I: Italics
  • Ctrl-Shift-B: Bold
  • Ctrl-Shift-U: Underline
  • Ctrl-Shift-L: spoiLers
  • Ctrl-Shift-X: Strikethrough
  • Ctrl-Shift-C: ALL CAPS

If you highlight text and hit one of these hotkeys, the highlighted text will be surrounded by the tags in question. If you just hit a hotkey when there's no highlight, you'll get a pair of nested tags.

To see a menu of the hotkey choices in most text areas, press Ctrl-Shift by itself. Press Ctrl-Shift a second time to dismiss the menu, or wait a few seconds.

If you press a key while the menu is open, you insert that tag -- for instance, if you open the menu and press "I", you get the italics tags.

Problems With Keybindings In Some Browsers

Some people have reported when using Firefox 2.0 that fast-access keys in rooms (like Alt-S to send) don't work. That's because Firefox 2.0 uses a different default keybinding for fast-access keys in webpages: it's now Shift-Alt instead of just Alt alone, to keep it from conflicting with the regular menu commands.

If you liked the old behavior, you can fix this manually. Type about:config in the URL bar in FF, hit Enter, and then in Filter type ui.key to narrow down the results. Set the following values:

ui.key.chromeAccess to 4
ui.key.contentAccess to 4

This should cause the key bindings to behave like they used to.

Note that if some keybindings do not work, you may have another application that is trapping them. ICQ, for instance, traps Ctrl-Shift-I by default no matter what program you're in.

Note also that some browsers trap the hotkey commands as well. Flock, for instance, traps Ctrl-Shift-B to open a blog client window. If the cursor is anywhere other than the text area when you're typing, then the browser's commands take precedence.

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