Basic HTML Formatting

You can create bold, italic, and underlined text by using HTML tags on your class pages.

You can also use HTML in your activities, by entering tags in any activity field that is marked with a blue plus sign. When you use HTML, you must remember to select the Activate HTML check box option in the settings step of the activity editor.

Bold text

To make text bold, surround it with the <B> and </B> tags. For example, when you type this:

Papers are <B>due at 3pm today</B> in my office!

a browser displays it like this:

Papers are due at 3pm today in my office!

Italic text

To make italic text, surround it with the <I> and </I> tags. For example when you type this:

Practice conjugating the verbs <I>ser</I> and <I>estar</I>.

a browser displays it like this:

Practice conjugating the verbs ser and estar.

Underlined text

To make underlined text, surround it with the <U> and </U> tags. For example, when you type this:

Finish reading <U>Crime and Punishment</U> before class tomorrow.

a browser displays it like this:

Finish reading Crime and Punishment before class tomorrow.

Combining tags

You can even combine tags. For example, when you type this:

<B><I><U>combined tags</U></I></B>

a browser displays it like this:

combined tags.

Superscripts and subscripts

To create superscripts, surround text with the <SUP> and </SUP> tags. For example, if you wanted to enter 42 you would type this: 4<SUP>2</SUP>

To create subscripts, surround text with the <SUB> and </SUB> tags. For example, if you wanted to enter H2O you would type this: H<SUB>2</SUB>O

Special Symbols

A few symbols have a special meaning to HTML. For example, the symbol "<" indicates the beginning of an HTML tag like "<B>" or "<TABLE>". If you want the symbol "<" itself to appear, you should enter the text "&LT;" ("Less Than") instead of "<". A browser will display the text "&LT;" as "<". The text "&LT;" is called an HTML character entity.

Here are the symbols that you should treat specially when editing your activity:

symbol how to enter it how to remember it
< &LT; Less Than
> &GT; Greater Than
& &AMP; AMPersand