Another three-part entry tonight.
Last night, I went down the list of toolbar buttons you can use to pretty up a Blogspot entry without knowing any HTML at all. Tonight, I want to give you the HTML coding for most of the same functions. First, the list, and then the discussion:
HTML codes are called "tags." They all start and end with a bracket thingy, as shown above. Then comes the text you want the tag to affect (making it bold or blue or a link or whatever). At the end of that text, you put a closing tag. This is the same basic tag as the opening tag, but without any details, and with a slash in it. For example, a basic pair of font tags and a basic set of link tags look this this:
Blogger likes to change font tags to span tags, but let's not worry about that now. The font tags will work. And, as Shelly reminds me, the other tag for bold (instead of the letter b) is the word strong.
Now, if you don't know any HTML to speak of, you may be wondering at this point why you should bother with it, since the menu buttons accomplish the same stuff. The main reason can be summed up in one word.
If you learn these basic HTML tags, you can apply them in comments, where here are no buttons. You can also use them in the Edit HTML tab, to do things with more finesse than the buttons will give you. You can change existing tags rather than applying one tag on top of another. You can point to pictures that you've uploaded somewhere other than Blogger. You can put the pictures in the appropiate part of the entry, and make them the width you want, by adding width=400 (or whatever) to the img tag. And so on.
I'm very sleepy, so I'm going to stop here for tonight, as far as this subject is concerned.
I gather that people have had a few issues with Blogines and Bloglet, and are wondering about FeedBlitz. I've covered the subject before in dribs and drabs, but here are the basics:
1. FeedBlitz, found at http://www.feedblitz.com/, is a free blog syndication and clipping service. Like many free Internet tools, they offer a premium version that does cost money, but we'll assume you're sticking with the free version.
2. If you want people to be able to read your blog in FeedBlitz, you don't have to do anything. However, you can make it easier for them by signing up with FeedBlitz and pasting the code they provide into your sidebar. Mine looks like this: