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  • Allowed HTML tags: <a hreflang href> <em> <i> <strong> <b> <cite> <code> <ul type> <ol type start> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <p> <span> <hr> <blockquote> <img src alt data-entity-type data-entity-uuid>

    This site allows HTML content. While learning all of HTML may feel intimidating, learning how to use a very small number of the most basic HTML "tags" is very easy. This table provides examples for each tag that is enabled on this site.

    For more information see W3C's HTML Specifications or use your favorite search engine to find other sites that explain HTML.

    Tag Description You Type You Get
    Anchors are used to make links to other pages. <a href="http://constitutionnet.org">ConstitutionNet</a> ConstitutionNet
    Emphasized <em>Emphasized</em> Emphasized
    Italicized <i>Italicized</i> Italicized
    Strong <strong>Strong</strong> Strong
    Bolded <b>Bolded</b> Bolded
    Cited <cite>Cited</cite> Cited
    Coded text used to show programming source code <code>Coded</code> Coded
    Unordered list - use the <li> to begin each list item <ul> <li>First item</li> <li>Second item</li> </ul>
    • First item
    • Second item
    Ordered list - use the <li> to begin each list item <ol> <li>First item</li> <li>Second item</li> </ol>
    1. First item
    2. Second item
    No help provided for tag li.
    Definition lists are similar to other HTML lists. <dl> begins the definition list, <dt> begins the definition term and <dd> begins the definition description. <dl> <dt>First term</dt> <dd>First definition</dd> <dt>Second term</dt> <dd>Second definition</dd> </dl>
    First term
    First definition
    Second term
    Second definition
    No help provided for tag dt.
    No help provided for tag dd.
    Heading <h2>Subtitle</h2>

    Subtitle

    Heading <h3>Subtitle three</h3>

    Subtitle three

    Heading <h4>Subtitle four</h4>

    Subtitle four

    Heading <h5>Subtitle five</h5>
    Subtitle five
    By default paragraph tags are automatically added, so use this tag to add additional ones. <p>Paragraph one.</p> <p>Paragraph two.</p>

    Paragraph one.

    Paragraph two.

    No help provided for tag span.
    No help provided for tag hr.
    Block quoted <blockquote>Block quoted</blockquote>
    Block quoted
    No help provided for tag img.

    Most unusual characters can be directly entered without any problems.

    If you do encounter problems, try using HTML character entities. A common example looks like &amp; for an ampersand & character. For a full list of entities see HTML's entities page. Some of the available characters include:

    Character Description You Type You Get
    Ampersand &amp; &
    Greater than &gt; >
    Less than &lt; <
    Quotation mark &quot; "
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Only images hosted on this site may be used in <img> tags.
  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Lines and paragraphs are automatically recognized. The <br /> line break, <p> paragraph and </p> close paragraph tags are inserted automatically. If paragraphs are not recognized simply add a couple of blank lines.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.