We've built the homepage text module and broadcast tool with convenience in mind - simply type in what you need to convey and move on. But did you know that with just a little bit more effort, you can add links, bold text, and even add bulleted lists? This article will walk you through some of the basic techniques of HTML.
What is HTML?
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a special computer language that web browsers are able to read, which allows you to manipulate how a webpage is rendered. In fact, it's being used to display the website you're viewing right now! Don't let the words "computer language" scare you; once you understand the basics, you'll be able to get your text looking better and doing more in no time.
HTML makes use of bracketed instructions called tags to tell your web browser what to do. In the examples you see below, you'll notice that tags are often paired with one starting the instructions and one ending them.
HTML also allows you to structure text for easier reading through headers and paragraphs. You can use them organize your content, too.
Headings: <h1>insert text here</h1>
This is the largest heading.
This is a smaller heading.
This is an even smaller heading.
Paragraph: <p>insert text here</p>
Start typing the first or last name of the person you want to recognize into the Recipient Field.
Click on the person you want to recognize from the list, and repeat the process if you want to add more people to the post.
Just about every web page has links to other pages, such as this one to Brand Integrity. You can create a link with the syntax below.
Link: <a href="insert web address here">insert link text here</a>
Visit Brand Integrity today!
You can style text in different ways to add emphasis to key points. Below are a few ways to add common text styles in HTML:
Strong (bold): <strong>insert text here</strong>
Emphasis (italics): <em>insert text here</em>
Underline: <u>insert text here</u>
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Adding an image to your text is a great way to highlight key points, and it's also simple to do. The method outlined below is specifically for images that are on the web.
Image: <img src="insert source of picture here">
Two of the most common list types that are used are unordered (bulleted) and ordered (numbered). To start a list, you create the list first and then add individual list items between the opening and closing tags.
List: <ul> (unordered list) <ol>(ordered list) <li>(list item)
- This list is unordered.
- Its items are bulleted.
- Use "ul" for this list type.
- This list is ordered.
- Its items are enumerated.
- Use "ol" for this list type.
Now that you have the basics, you can start writing your HTML-enhanced communications using the Broadcast tool. You can read more about the tool here.