Custom HTML Tags

One other thing to keep in mind is this: Each forum has a unique way of allowing and handling HTML code and images. Before you start pasting your signature into each post on a forum, be sure to read the forum rules and help file. Each forum out there has one or more pages explaining what is and what isn’t allowed, as well as how to use HTML and insert images etc. Take the time to read those instructions! It might save you a lot of time if you find out up front that a particular forum doesn’t allow HTML and/or images, or uses custom tags to insert HTML code into a post.

For example, if you check out the HTML Help page for our PC Q&A Forum – http://www.pcqanda.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=html_reference – you’ll notice that you cannot use pointy brackets < and >, you have to use square brackets [ and ] instead. Another thing you’ll see is that in order to insert an image you don’t have to use the HTML code, you can simply insert the URL to the image.

This means that in order to use the code from our example in our forum, you have to modify the code by replacing all pointy brackets with square brackets and eliminate the HTML code for the image, leaving only the URL, so that the code looks like this:

[font color=”red” size=”5″ face=”Comic Sans MS”][b]MonkeyBoy[/b][/font] [p] /images/chimp.gif

Have fun!

That’s all there is to it. Not that difficult now, is it? Have fun with it, experiment a little until you find the signature you like best. Keep the basic rules in mind, use common sense, read the instructions, and you’re ready to go.

One last tipe for the road: When experimenting, don’t post two dozen test messages in a forum. This might really annoy other posters and/or the web master. Instead, test it first on your local machine by saving the text file with your signature in it with the extension .html on your hard drive and open it in your browser to see what it looks like until you get it right. Alternatively, you can create a test message in the forum, but don’t post it. Use the Preview button instead to check out the sig before actually posting it.

 

– Grogan/Alex –

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